Beyond Pay and Policing: 4 Things Your HR Department Should Be Doing This Year

Your human resources department is going to be busy in 2018, but busy doing what? Are you going to spend another year drafting policies and punishing rule-breakers? Or will 2018 be the year your HR department becomes a real force to be reckoned with in your organization? It’s time for HR to tackle bigger issues than just payroll and compliance. Here are some suggestions on where to start. Improving Safety The safety of the workforce should always be a priority for everyone within an organization, but this responsibility most often falls directly to HR. It will be HR that will deal with worker’s comp claims, rising insurance rates and any Occupational Safety and Health Act violations that arise from unsafe practices, so it would benefit HR to spend more time on safety training in the future. “The role HR can play is to promote safety as a core value of …

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How Company Culture Adds Value to Your Business

Company culture isn’t just a “nice to have” part of doing business; it goes a long way toward determining whether your company will be successful or not. But too often company leaders think corporate culture is about things that take employees away from their work — such as ping-pong tables or nap rooms — rather than how employees do their work and what they need to succeed. Understanding corporate culture can help leaders shape it more effectively — and gain the benefits of doing so. “The business case is simple,” says Nancy Noto, an organizational psychologist and HR consultant. “A leader must have a point of view on what success looks like for their company. Then they must hire people who activate the values that they believe in and who work in the way they know leads to success. Managing culture will ensure the right people work for the company …

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What You Need to Know About Your EAP

There are all sorts of issues that can slow you down that don’t have anything to do with your physical health. Grief, marital issues, depression and substance abuse are just a few things you might be facing that aren’t necessarily covered by your health insurance. And when you bring those issues with you to work, it can affect your productivity and work quality. Chances are you have an employee assistance Program that can help. Unfortunately, many EAP resources go unused because employees don’t know about them, says Stephen Elliott-Buckley of E-B Strategy, an organizational consulting agency. “There are significant long-term benefits of EAPs for workers to pull their lives together, not only for the workplace but for people’s quality of life. So employees need to seek out information about workplace EAPs more proactively,” he says. Here’s what you need to know about this helpful but often overlooked benefit. What Does …

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