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6 Unconventional Skills to Develop for Future Professional Success

on Aug 21, 2019 2:03:00 PM By | Sharlyn Lauby | 0 Comments | Soft Skills Management HR Department
We spend a lot of time talking about what organizations need to do in order to be successful: things like candidate experience, employee experience, company culture, etc. One of the prerequisites of developing a world-class organization is having a human resources department that can partner with the business to make it happen. I hate to say it, but a mediocre HR team may or may not have the bandwidth to build a best place to work.
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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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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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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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Employee Experience Must Mirror the Customer Experience

on Jun 12, 2019 10:08:00 AM By | Sharlyn Lauby | 0 Comments | Employee Engagement Management
While it is true that employees aren’t the same as customers, on some level, they do expect the same experiences. Technology is doing some wonderful things for the customer experience. I can make doctor appointments and see my lab results using an app. If my flight is delayed and I miss my connection, the Delta Airlines app will automatically rebook me on the next flight. It’s those little things that make life easier. And if individuals can get that experience in their personal lives, it could drive the employee experience they expect it in their work lives.
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A Learning Culture Is Key to Increase Innovation, Productivity, and Retention

on Jun 5, 2019 10:19:00 AM By | Jeff Miller, Ph.D. | 0 Comments | Retention Education Employee Engagement Productivity Management
I've spent my entire career either learning or teaching. I've studied the psychology of learning, and I've been involved in helping everyone from executives to middle schoolers get better at it. I've learned a lot myself in that time – including that learning is consistently pushed last on the priority list.
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