HR Soapbox

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Employees have great ideas every day. Is your organization tapping into them? Unless HR and management make it a priority to regularly request (and implement) suggestions from the rank-and-file, that fertile soil of ideas will quckly dry up. Here are tips for your suggestion program, plus 10 of the strangest, real-life ideas dropped into suggestion boxes.

Some employers have simply given up on notifying unsuccessful candidates. That's not a smart move. The number one thing people hate about the job-search process is when they don’t hear back after an interview. Here are seven tips for drafting simple, well-written canned rejection letters ...

Everybody feels their on-the-job motivation dip at times; but the blues can turn into a Level 10 job burnout if the blues are combined with overwork and underappreciation. To see if you are edging toward the crispy end of the burnout scale, take this 25-question self-assessment quiz ...

The Cosmo Quiz this ain't, but these brain-teasers on different aspects of work and the workplace should give you plenty of food for thought.

So you weren't able to make it to the big Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) annual conference in Orlando this week? No problem. We trucked the HR Soapbox south and brought back a big bag of HR wisdom, all arranged in a dozen tweet-sized quotable quotes ...
Have you ever thought about what constitutes assault, battery and "intentional inflictions of emotional distress" in the workplace? It has becoming an important concept for HR professionals to learn because employees’ attorneys these days are filing an increasing number of state-law assault claims based on conduct similar to that which gives rise to basic harassment suits.

Someday one of those HR software behemoths will crank out a program that lets you hire the absolute correct candidate through a simple eye scan or mouth swab. Until then, we have job interviews. Here are the top 10 mistakes made by interviewers and interviewees ... plus some strange-but-true memorable moments in interviewing history ...

HR people realize it’s part of their jobs to help supervisors deal with employee issues. But what if managers go overboard, reflexively dumping even the smallest of employee complaints onto HR?  Stop doing your manager’s dirty work! Teach bosses who instinctively turn to HR to, instead, seek solutions on their own. Here are four tips to make this happen ...
Under the Obama administration, the NLRB has begun involving itself in your workplace—unionized or not—more than ever. A new ruling could erase your ablity to prohibit employees from writing personal emails at work.
Employees crave more than just a paycheck from work. They want to go home feeling valued and respected for the job they do. Here are 10 phrases or questions that managers can use with employees to help build respect, gratitude and trust ...
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