Though you probably offer a combination of constructive feedback and coaching to employees, there may still be instances when performance falls below expectations and requires formal follow-up. To help employees make desired improvements, a performance improvement plan (PIP) is a useful tool for communicating performance concerns and showing employees what they can do to address them.
Creating a highly engaged workforce has been a longtime goal for many organizations, as engaged employees are deeply committed to achieving critical company goals. However, understanding what it takes to engage employees can be challenging. There is an entire spectrum of engagement—from fully engaged to actively disengaged—and it can be difficult to meet employees where they are.
As a busy HR professional, finding time for career development can be challenging. While there are plenty of HR certification programs available, you may find yourself wondering if they’re worth the energy. After all, with so much on your plate, the last thing you want to do is commit yourself to an unnecessary burden.
While you do your best to prevent employee turnover, employees will eventually leave an organization—voluntary or not. Whether it’s a spouse’s relocation, different career moves, family obligations, layoffs, or retirement, there are many reasons why employees exit. While these life events can happen in any organization, HR managers can handle employee departures gracefully and use their experiences to fine-tune retention efforts.
The grass is greener on the other side. Employees with this mindset could be close to quitting—if they haven’t already.
When employees leave their jobs, HR managers have to restart the costly dance of recruitment, hiring, and onboarding all over again. With today’s hiring market, evolving labor laws, and overflowing HR tasks, the consequences of employee churn are heavy to bear. Turnover doesn’t just increase onboarding and training costs—it also reduces employee morale and productivity.
Maintaining compliance is a messy and often immense endeavor.
The ever-changing web of regulations and laws have HR professionals balancing benefits management, payroll runs, and leave reporting among other HR policies. At the same time, HR professionals have to stay on their toes with laws like the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and more.
Making important decisions about employee benefits, like choosing health insurance packages, can be stressful and overwhelming—for employees and managers alike. New hires may know far less about their benefit options than their HR departments. In modern workplaces, HR leaders have to maneuver different needs and priorities from four generations of employees.
If you hear “performance review,” it may cause some fear and anxiety—for managers and employees alike. Many people encounter stumbling blocks when performance reviews comes around. Overworked HR managers may handle too much responsibilities with little time to guide employees in the right direction. This is where effective performance management enters the picture.
The workforce is paradoxically both more dispersed and more connected than ever before. A manager in New York can have a video conference with business prospects in Japan, while another employee in that same New York office instant messages a coworker at home in California. The Internet has enabled us to be connected in ways previous generations may have never thought possible.
The ability to communicate from just about anywhere in the world brings many new possibilities for companies. We’re seeing fewer employees commute to offices, choosing instead to work from the comfort of their homes or in collaborative coworking spaces. The idea of expanding a company regionally or nationally—even globally—has become more of a reality today than before.
To many of us, payroll is a blessing—but it’s also an HR professional’s heaviest strain. As exciting as payday is, managing payroll continues far beyond processing paychecks.
We know handling payroll can be extraordinarily complex: it must be accurate, it must be efficient, and it must comply with regulations on a local, national, and international level. On top of coordinating day-to-day business operations, recruiting and hiring candidates, and managing growth, HR leaders must follow compliance, and get the numbers right for various taxes and payments.