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The Reverse Performance Review

on Aug 9, 2019 9:49:00 AM By | Jeff Miller, Ph.D. | 0 Comments | Performance Review Management HR Department
When asked about the best jobs they've ever had, most people will say that their best jobs were the ones for which they had the best managers. “Most people” isn’t merely anecdotal, though: that claim is backed up by plenty of data. For example, Gallup research finds that “managers account for at least 70% of the variance in employee engagement scores across business units,” and half of the workers surveyed “have left their job to get away from their manager at some point in their career.”
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Avoiding Workplace Communication Breakdowns

on Aug 7, 2019 9:33:00 AM By | Strategic Human Resources, Inc. | 0 Comments | communication team Team Leader Management
Let’s face it – it’s summer. The sun is out, the pool is open, and vacation is calling. Communication is tough when you’re all in the office and focused, let alone when one team member is on vacation and two others are preparing for theirs’ the following week. In the chaos of vacations and summer schedules, here are a few ways to keep your team together during these hectic few months.
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Considerations for Rehiring Employees

on Jul 31, 2019 10:40:00 AM By | Heather Kaiser, JD | 0 Comments | Legal hiring Management
Whether it’s a response to the tight employment market or seasonal employment rehiring, former employees are becoming more common. Rehiring employees can be beneficial to your organization, especially if they were strong contributors. You could save time and money since they are familiar with your business, and you do not need to provide them with the in-depth training required for onboarding new employees. A former employee also might have worked elsewhere since leaving your organization, which can be an opportunity to bring new skills, knowledge, and fresh ideas to your workplace.
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5 Key Strategies for Developing New Managers

on Jul 26, 2019 10:02:00 AM By | Jessica Miller-Merrell | 0 Comments | Training Employees managers
One of the most important services HR leaders provide is training for new managers. This type of training varies tremendously, depending on the new manager’s previous management experience or, in the case of an internal promotion, the knowledge he or she already has of company rules, regulations, and processes. It can be difficult to develop individual management training based on currently available resources, but by focusing on certain areas it’s possible to offer excellent training for both internal and external candidates who are new to supervisory roles.
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Emergency Action Plan: Preparing for an Emergency Before It Happens

on Jul 24, 2019 10:11:00 AM By | Strategic Human Resources, Inc. | 0 Comments | Management Preparedness Emergency
The best way to prepare for an emergency is before it happens. The workplace is not immune to emergencies even with the best preparations. Each day, companies across the world deal with small issues like health and safety to major incidents like natural disasters.  While we can’t control the weather to stop hurricanes, tornadoes, or even wildfires, we can help mitigate and prevent some of the smaller issues from turning into larger concerns.
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Dealing With A Divided Workforce: NLRB Clarifies Standard For Treating Union And Nonunion Workers Differently

on Jul 17, 2019 10:17:00 AM By | Hugh F. Murray, III and Peter Stergios | 0 Comments | Unions Legal Compliance Management NLRB
Under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), groups of employees are allowed to determine whether they wish to be represented by a union for purposes of collective bargaining, which sometimes results in businesses having both union and nonunion employees. How an employer treats its nonunion workforce in relation to its union workforce can impact employee morale and raise some significant legal issues. In the recent case of Merck, Sharp & Dohme Corp., 367 NLRB No. 122 (May 7, 2019), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) clarified and reaffirmed that for the most part, employers are free to treat union and nonunion workforces differently as long as the employer does not have an improper anti-union motive in doing so.
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Don't Fall Behind on Learning–Close the Skills Gap Today

on Jul 10, 2019 9:59:00 AM By | Adam Miller | 0 Comments | Training Education skills gap
As technology evolves, the skills gap—the disparity between the skills employers need to succeed and those workers actually have—keeps getting wider. If your company isn't already addressing this gap, start now—no matter how big or small you are, or what business you're in. If you don't, you might be left behind.
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Engagement Is Really Just Connection

on Jul 3, 2019 10:26:00 AM By | O.C. Tanner | 0 Comments | Company Culture Employee Engagement
The modern workplace is disconnected. Although the Internet and social media give us a sense of connectivity, we’re more disconnected than ever before. Employees send emails (or texts) to people that sit a couple of desks away instead of just walking over to chat. Leaders have no idea what people are working on, much less what their individual goals and dreams are. Employees would rather work remotely because they don’t enjoy the office atmosphere. And we’re seeing lower morale and well-being in the workplace worldwide than ever before.
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5 Alternatives to Pay Raises to Engage Employees

on Jun 26, 2019 10:18:00 AM By | O.C. Tanner | 0 Comments | Benefits Compensation Employee Engagement
While making more money is a good motivator, it should not be the end-all when it comes to encouraging your employees to be more engaged. If you think that a bigger paycheck is the only way to achieve higher engagement levels, consider these five alternatives.
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Workplace Violence: How to Create a Prevention Plan

The potential for workplace violence is a realistic concern for all employers, no matter the industry, location, or employer size. With strategic planning, risk analysis, and other preventive measures, employers can help minimize the risk and be confident they are as prepared as possible.
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