Family-Friendly Work Options All Employees Can Use

Some companies like to tout themselves as being family-friendly, but are they really if their family-friendly policies only benefit married couples or employees raising children? “Family-friendly work options are not only for employees with immediate family,” says Eileen Timmins, Ph.D., founder of Aingilin. “Having diversity of options for the diverse workforce family is the key.” “Family” doesn’t necessarily refer to only spouses and minor children — it can encompass domestic partners, stepfamilies, aging parents and close aunts or uncles. Truly family-friendly policies also apply to singles and employees without children. Paid time off is one option all employees can use. “PTO is an option, but many more companies are using ‘take what you need’ time,” Timmins says. “An employee takes the time they need for vacation or sick time. It’s similar to an honor policy — if it becomes excessive, then the employer will approach the person and see if …

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Train to Retain: How to Develop High-Potential Employees to Keep Them

Employee retention is essential for companies looking to build their businesses and boost their bottom lines. But retention alone isn’t the secret of success. High-potential employees who are in line to move up through the ranks of management need to be nurtured, trained and developed. As high-potential employees advance, they will be the ones to mentor and groom yet another generation of your company’s leaders. High-potential employees are highly motivated to grow, develop and advance, and if you don’t take steps to meet these needs, they’re likely to seek work with companies that will. These employees are the ones who will create the innovations and systems that will propel your business through the coming decades, so it’s essential to your company’s future to help them advance their skills and their careers — and to give them reasons to stay with you as they do. Your investment in your employees’ futures …

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Does Your Company Offer Competitive Paid Leave?

Most U.S. employers aren’t required to offer their employees paid leave, but many do and this year they’re offering more. According to a recent Employee Benefits research report by the Society for Human Resource Management, more U.S. employers are offering paid leave benefits. For example, compared to previous years, more employers are offering: Paid sick leave plans Paid parental leave Paid vacation time Paid personal days As these numbers change, it’s important to review your own leave policies to ensure your offerings are competitive. Offering less paid leave than other companies in your industry or geographic area will make it harder for you to attract and maintain top talent. Top Paid Benefits According to the SHRM survey, the top paid leave benefit is paid holidays, which are offered by 98 percent of respondents. Other popular paid leave benefits include: Paid bereavement leave, offered by 86 percent of respondents. Paid jury duty …

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5 Tips for Better Performance Appraisals

Whether your company does official performance reviews quarterly or yearly, they can seem to cause a great deal of stress. Managers can find them psychologically taxing because they don’t like giving negative feedback. Employees can worry that a mistake they made or a goal they fell short of will hurt their livelihood. And people take any remark that isn’t absolutely glowing personally. It can get messy. The ideal performance appraisal would be an opportunity to praise employees who’ve done exceptional work, help those who’ve slipped to get back on track, and to have a real dialogue to clarify expectations, offer solutions to problems and set goals for the future. Is there a way to create this dialogue without all the anxiety and frustration? Consider these tips to help you conduct more effective performance appraisals at your organization. 1. Do the Pre-Work Employees and managers each have some work to do …

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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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