November 21st, 2013
What keeps HR professionals up at night? The Affordable Care Act and talent management, says Cathy Hulsey, vice president of HR with credit union services firm EPL, Inc. As surprising as it may seem, Hulsey argues that these two issues are intertwined. Look closer though, and it’s clear that one aspect of attracting and retaining the best workers is the benefits a company offers. “To overcome the skills gap and attract qualified talent in this highly competitive marketplace, HR professionals recommend enhancing healthcare benefits and touting retirement savings and planning perks,” writes Hulsey. Credit Union Times
November 6th, 2013
Pulling from research as broadly varied as Gallup’s Workplace survey and The Hackett Group’s report on the skills gap, technology vendor PeopleFluent has assembled 10 “Eye-Opening HR Statistics” that offer perspective on the job ahead for human resources. As the whitepaper notes, “These statistics will provide you with a valuable window into the ongoing evolution of HR as a business function and how our leaders, peers and colleagues perceive our strategic value.” Grouped into five categories, the statistics say as much about the changing nature of HR as it does about the challenges human resource professionals face in dealing with the transformation of American company culture in the 21st century. PeopleFluent whitepaper
October 28th, 2013
As an office event opportunity, Halloween is just a so-so holiday. Only about half the nation’s workplaces will do something special Thursday, with a costume contest the most popular company-sponsored event.
Glassdoor says half your co-workers will come watch the judging and enjoy the candy corn that turns up in every trick or treat bag. Few though — just about 11%, the Glassdoor survey finds — will actually wear a costume to the office on Halloween. The biggest share (42%) will come as a ghost, witch, pirate or other classic Halloween character. Read the rest of this entry »
October 23rd, 2013
Engagement may be today’s trendy human resource issue, but it’s one with alarming implications for the slimmed down, high performance workforce ushered in by the recession and the 21st century’s global competition.
To put it simply: Disengaged workers cost you money. For every employee who could care less about the job, the company, or the work they’ve been assigned, their lack of enthusiasm costs you anywhere from $2,000 to $3,000. With Gallup’s 2013 State of the American Workforce Report telling us that 18% of the average employer’s workforce is “Actively disengaged” and another 52% merely “Not engaged,” the cost to even a small business can be significant. To a large enterprise, it’s staggering. Read the rest of this entry »
October 11th, 2013
Streamlining their own processes is the first choice of HR healthcare professionals when it comes to reducing costs.
More than planning for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and even more than cutting hiring and onboarding costs, 73% of HR professionals put streamlining HR processes at the top of their list of cost-savings initiatives.
The Healthcare HR Initiatives Survey, however, suggests a disconnect of some sort between recruiters and other healthcare HR staff. At the most senior level, 80% of HR VPs and other executives said preparing for healthcare reform is the top HR initiative to reduce costs. By comparison, only 27% of the recruiters participating in the 450-respondent survey said that. Read the rest of this entry »
October 7th, 2013
While individuals have begun to sign-up for health care coverage through the new health-insurance marketplaces that opened October 1, employers have a one year reprieve from the full implementation of the new Affordable Care Act. However, that doesn’t mean business as usual. Human resource professionals still have a number of issues to address in the coming months. With most employer-sponsored health plans now in or about to begin their open enrollment period workers can be expected to ask how the new health care law will affect them. For one, employees will have access to the premium tax credits available through the exchanges beginning with the new year. In addition, there are no more exclusions for pre-existing conditions and there are new wellness incentive rules that take effect Jan. 1. And there are a number of steps that employers should be taking now to get ready for the full impact of the ACA in 2015. Society for Human Resource Management
August 19th, 2013
When the office furniture begins to look shabby and the carpet cleaners warn you that the stains are really wear marks that can’t be helped, the time’s come for that most disruptive of office activities: renovation.
Planning the makeover, choosing the colors, the carpeting, chairs (oh, the chairs!), and the cubicle design is a process that can turn the most convivial of offices into a collection of warring tribes. Read the rest of this entry »
August 16th, 2013
Human resource professionals who work in healthcare say what they do makes a difference in the quality of care employees provide.
In an online survey completed by 516 healthcare industry professionals, 82% of those working in HR, “agreed” or “strongly agreed” that they play “an active role in making sure employees provide person-centered care.”
However, when medical professionals responded to that same question, only one-in five felt that way. Though the number of clinical and non-HR staff taking the survey was fewer than 60 respondents, the small percentage who see a role for human resources in patient care suggests a disconnect if not disagreement. Read the rest of this entry »
June 23rd, 2013
If you’ve eve been stuck looking for just the right word for an article, or help trying to figure out whether it’s “its” or “it’s” you’ve probably discovered there’s no shortage of sites offering help. Googling “grammar” or “thesaurus” turns up tens of thousands of results. But when you need help of a different sort — a colorful phrase, a specific statistic, or how to attract a bigger audience for your blog — finding it can be harder. Fortunately, there’s a handy one page list of resources for writers — amateur, business, and professional. Here you will find lists of sites organized by the kind of help they provide. The list is billed as “150 Resources to Help You Write Better, Faster, and More Persuasively.” Open Education Database
June 5th, 2013
You can’t pick up an HR magazine, check a website, or attend a conference without hearing the phrase “big data.” And not just once, but multiple times. It’s not only the latest HR buzzword, but the meaning behind it, if not the term itself has permeated the social consciousness so thoroughly that Google reports there are 22 million searches a day on the term.
But what is “big data” and how is it different from other kinds? Read the rest of this entry »