Benefits, Communication, Employee Relations, Human Resources, Performance

Employee Reviews Are Useless??

“They aren’t important…it’s all about the money anyway.” As much as I hate to admit this – yes, there are managers out there who believe this to be true!  After hearing these words come out a manager’s mouth when I asked when he was going to get the performance reviews for his department completed, I decided to sit… Continue reading Employee Reviews Are Useless??

Benefits, Employee Relations, Human Resources, Leadership, Performance

Creative Employee Benefits: Positive or Negative?

For the small businesses that have continued to struggle in order to survive in this market, there has been a focus on providing new and various “benefits” in place of the annual raises that many can’t afford.  They are realizing that many of their employees are either already looking for higher paying positions or soon… Continue reading Creative Employee Benefits: Positive or Negative?

Benefits, Employee Relations, Human Resources, Leadership, Performance

Unlimited Vacation Time: Newest Perk?

One of the hardest things for a HR professional to track is vacation time, especially when it comes to salaried employees.  There’s always the argument that because salaried employees aren’t require to track their working time that we can’t really track their vacation time…so why do we “award” them a specific block of vacation time… Continue reading Unlimited Vacation Time: Newest Perk?

Employee Relations, Human Resources, Leadership, Performance

#HRHorrorStories – Day 4 – Jobseeker No-No’s and Policy Pitfalls

Each day this week #DTHR's #HRHorrorStories has enlightened us to more and more "you won't believe this" stories that happen on a daily basis in HR and have shaped how we do business. And in sharing these stories, we hope that others will learn too. Day 4 of this series was no different. We went… Continue reading #HRHorrorStories – Day 4 – Jobseeker No-No’s and Policy Pitfalls

Communication, Employee Relations, Leadership

Yes, Your Company Needs a “Snow Day Policy”

Growing up in Chicago, I have seen my share of blizzards.  Just last night we had one that dropped 20 inches on the city, making it the 5th largest snowfall to date.  Other areas have seen their share this season as well, especially those on the East Coast.  Are we “equipped” to deal with such… Continue reading Yes, Your Company Needs a “Snow Day Policy”

Employee Relations, Human Resources, Leadership

HR Would Be Better If….

My friend Steve Browne (@sbrownehr) posed a question and a challenge to all HR professionals to answer this simple question: “HR would be better if ______________.” So, here is my response: HR would be better if “human” was put back into Human Resources. Back in the day, we were known as the Personnel Department.  Why?… Continue reading HR Would Be Better If….

Leadership, Performance

Appreciation: It’s a Top-Down Thing

One of the biggest complaints we hear coming from employees – regardless of their position or status of the job market – is that they don’t feel appreciated. Its so simple, yet something overlooked time and time again. In some cases, managers will even make excuses for their lack of appreciation and feel they are… Continue reading Appreciation: It’s a Top-Down Thing