While vigilant HR pros might bristle at the notion of “work friends” and office romances, cubicle camaraderie can be awfully good for morale—and, it turns out, the bottom line.
Each new hire at CPA giant Plante Moran is assigned an experienced “buddy” to show him or her the ropes—and a team partner tasked with helping the newbie achieve personal and professional career goals. An employee committee researches and recommends programs and policies that promote work/life balance.
Only a minority of surveyed employers admit to actually researching candidates online. Still, some do. Some research findings might help you decide whether social media should be a factor in your hiring.
Nearly one-fifth of married employees met their mates at work—so it’s a good bet that plenty of your organization’s workers are dating, flirting or at least friending each other on Facebook. Accept that, and then create a fraternization policy that lets employees know exactly what relationships are and are not acceptable. A good policy has four sections:
President Obama on Feb. 12 signed an executive order implementing the change, which becomes effective in 2015.
Sheetz President and CEO Joe Sheetz says the convenience store giant not only tries to offer the same employee benefits as its competitors, but tries to customize perks to suit its young workers, many of whom work relatively few hours.
Skiers and snowboarders often are known for outlandish body piercings, tattoos and hairstyles—but not if they work for Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort in California. The resort’s “look good, feel good” dress code starts by outfitting each employee with a uniform that’s the envy of the trendiest skiers on the mountain.
Denver Public Schools fills hard-to-staff teaching positions in high-needs elementary schools by hiring college grads who didn’t major in education and then training them on the job. The highly selective Denver Teacher Residency program offers would-be teachers an alternative route into a teaching.
Most employees feel stressed, doubtful about job security and less invested in their companies and careers. You can and should do something about it.
O.C. Tanner, which creates employee recognition strategies and rewards programs for other companies, is putting its expertise to work on its own staff. The average length of employment at the company is between 12 and 17 years, with many employees sticking around for their entire careers.