Maybe it’s medical advancements that allow people to stay healthier and live longer. Maybe it’s the rising price of retirement and the uncertainty about the sustainability of Social Security. Maybe it’s a shift in cultural attitudes about aging. Whatever the cause (or combination of causes), it’s becoming more and more common for Baby Boomers to delay or entirely forego retirement. Instead, they’re continuing to participate in the workforce long past the age their parents did.
When an employee chooses to leave your organization– either for a new job elsewhere, or because they’ve had a negative experience– exit interviews can provide valuable insights to improve your workplace. If they’re done correctly, these conversations give you the chance to find out some more about how your staff perceives the workplace, and how you can prevent voluntary staff turnover in the future. Allowing departing employees to share their thoughts about the strengths and weaknesses of your company also provides closure and ends the employment relationship on a positive note.
As we approach the summer break, more and more college students will start hunting for internship opportunities to help them gain relevant work experience. This provides a great opportunity, not just for these students, but for the employers who will end up hiring them for the summer. College students often bring enthusiasm, curiosity, and coachability that can be infectious and improve the morale in the whole workplace.
Whether you work for a large company with a sophisticated internship program or a smaller company considering taking on one or two interns for the first time, here are some important things to keep in mind as you plan for summer:
"Corporate culture" has become such a common HR buzzword that it may elicit some eyerolls from seasoned professionals. After all, it's tough to make tangible changes to a whole company based on such a nebulous concept. But while this idea may have just started to gain more traction in the last decade or so, it's always been an intangible factor in employee satisfaction, and an incredibly important one, at that.
A job application is the first contact many companies will have with potential future employees or, in some cases, customers. That’s one reason it’s so critical to handle the recruiting process with finesse. Bad recruiting experiences negatively impact a brand’s reputation, and can undo goodwill earned by strong products or good customer service.
But some organizations are stuck in the past, repeating the same actions that turn off potentially great employees from applying for other positions or from buying their products in the future. How can you avoid falling into that trap? Take a look at your recruiting and hiring practices for the following worst practices:
While many of us were focused on year-end processes and keeping employees in check at the company holiday party, regulations surrounding the workplace were bouncing all around. From wage increases to immigration form revisions and an ever back and forth FLSA, December kept our heads spinning. Good thing we’ve got AI coming to the rescue. Here’s your HR Roundup for December, full of HR news and trends that closed out 2016.
Whether or not you believe in making new year’s resolutions, the end of the year can be a meaningful time to evaluate what you want to take forward into the next year and what you want to leave behind. This is just as true in your professional life as well as your personal one.
If you work in HR, there are some activities that you need to perform at the end of the year as a matter of compliance, and others that you should consider doing just to set yourself on the right foot for the next year. While it may not be legally required that you examine your policies and practices to make them work better for you and your organization, it can certainly make your workday run more smoothly in the new year.
Here is a checklist to remind you of some of the tasks you need to do by the end of the year, as well as a few that will likely make your life a little easier as you start 2017:
Finally, a compliance calendar for HR and Payroll! If you've ever wondered how to stay on top of everything that goes on in an entire year for Human Resources, this guide is for you. To help you always be a step ahead of 2017, we put together a calendar highlighting some key dates and deadlines for anyone in Human Resources, Benefits, Payroll, or Accounting with important information for reporting and filing, even federal holidays, all in one place.
November is here and everything year-end seems to be right around the corner. But before we dive into holiday mode or open enrollment, let's look back on what happened in HR in October. FLSA changes to overtime rules are just a month away, the blacklisting rule has been temporarily blocked, the EEOC gives us a heads up on what to expect in the coming years, and HR women could be the happiest of all women in the workplace.