Avoidable Ways HR Drives Employees Nuts

Avoidable Ways HR Drives Employees Nuts

Human resources departments and employees often get a bad rap – sometimes deserved and sometimes not. In the worst cases, business owners and executives view them as a necessity to keep the organization from being sued, while some employees see them as hall monitors, enforcing every little rule just for their own pleasure. If you’re in HR, though you know you and your peers are strategic business partners, capable of leveraging talent to help the bottom line. You’re also employee advocates who want everyone to succeed. How can there be such disparate views of the same department? Is it possible HR feels like a strategic business partner and advocate while behaving like a hall monitor? Probably. Here are a few avoidable ways HR is driving everyone crazy – and what HR professionals can do to stop. Over or Under Communicating By not having a strategic communications plan, HR can overwhelm or underwhelm staff members. “If employees see one too many …

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Top 5 Open Enrollment Tips

Top 5 Open Enrollment Tips

The following important tips will help your company plan a successful open enrollment. Tip #1: Design a Clear and Concise Open Enrollment Announcement  Make sure your open enrollment announcement clearly summarizes key information, including: Open enrollment period dates for all benefits Pre-tax contribution rates by specific benefit Post-tax contribution rates by specific benefit Premium increases (if any) Any benefit changes Tip #2: Create and Follow a Schedule for Communicating Open Enrollment Information Create a timeline to distribute the required communication materials to help ensure a successful open enrollment. The following is an example of a potential timeline: Email and/or mail your open enrollment announcement 7-14 days prior to the open enrollment period Send email reminders 1-3 days before the open enrollment period begins (include FAQs as an effective way to respond to the most commonly asked questions) Send a reminder on the 1st and 2nd days of open enrollment to all employees, …

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Lack of Private Workspace Hurts Productivity

Lack Of Private Workspace Hurts Productivity

Offices designed with open and shared workspaces have been popular for decades – at least, with people designing office buildings. Research indicates that those who actually work in shared spaces aren’t necessarily happy about it. Moreover, open work spaces may not be the best idea for a company’s bottom line. A new study questioned 10,000 workers in 14 countries about their office environments and working patterns. The results show that the number one complaint from employees is a lack of privacy in their work areas. The research suggests not having private workspaces undermines the ability of some workers to do their best at their jobs, damages their level of engagement, hurts morale and can negatively affect an organization’s productivity. The Impact of too Little Privacy in the Workplace The extensive international research, carried out by global market research company IPSOS and the Workspace Futures Team of Steelcase (an international leader in the office furniture industry), found that almost all the …

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How Surveying Employees Can Help You Serve Them Better

How Surveying Employees Can Help You Serve Them Better

Surveying your employees is a great way to get honest feedback about what’s going well in your organization and what could use some improvement. Surveys help give employees a sense of ownership in what’s going on around them and can show human resources their top concerns so you have an opportunity to address them in a meaningful way before they grow into systemic problems. Here’s what you need to know about employee surveys and how to use them to help your organization. The Benefit of Surveys “Surveys function as a health assessment for an organization,” says Don MacPherson, president of Modern Survey, a human capital measurement solution. When employees are able to voice their concerns and see that leaders care and will act on their opinions, it’s quite empowering and engaging. Beyond just giving employees a voice, leadership gets to take a real look at how its staff works. Surveying employees “gives you insight into their engagement, which is …

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3 HR Tech Trends Worth Watching

3 HR Tech Trends Worth Watching

Staying on top of HR tech trends can help your company manage HR tasks more effectively, whether you’re tracking applicants and candidates, managing employee engagement or administering benefits. Watch these 3 HR tech trends to ensure you’re staying current on the capabilities. Real- Time Analytics More powerful software means more capabilities, and real-time results are one of the most important advances for strategic HR departments. Being able to manipulate real-time data and gain actionable insights is a significant factor in making HR a strategic business function instead of a purely tactical one. Real-time analytics are especially useful in employee engagement and performance. The explosion of cutting-edge HR technology has placed tremendous responsibility in the hands of talent management professionals, according to a study from SilkRoad. The company has done research into tech usage among HR professionals and found that growth across a variety of channels will continue in the coming years. According to SilkRoad, 62% of HR managers want to use data more effectively …

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