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HR Management

Strategic human resource management is the end product of success in conduction workplace investigations, vendor management, human capital management, and more.

Our human resource management articles can help you vastly improve your human resources planning, HR policies, and human resource training.

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Turning back the clock on the trend toward more open spaces in office buildings, software publisher IssueTrak has replaced most employee cubicles with offices in response to staff requests. The company transformed storage space and open, common areas to private offices so every employee could have one.
Q. Two employees got into a fight while on their lunch break. They were playing soccer in an open lot off premises and wearing their company uniforms. The vice president reacted by banning employees from playing any sports during their lunch break—on the premises or off ... Can the VP dictate what employees can do on unpaid time?

A coder for National Medical Bill­­ing Services just finished his medical degree, which he earned as a part-time student while working full time as a coder for the St. Louis-based organization. The company worked out a flexible schedule with him and also allowed him to work remotely so he could move out of state to attend classes.

Organization-wide diversity can’t just be the diversity professional’s job or the HR manager’s responsibility. It requires true partnership and participation across functional areas to align efforts that support a shared vision for diversity and inclusion.
Here’s something to consider if you suspect an employee you want to terminate might sue for some form of discrimination. Offering a severance payment conditioned on waiving the right to sue could backfire if that’s not what you usually do.

Nearly one in five U.S. workers admit to lying at the office at least once a week, according to a CareerBuilder survey. A quarter of hiring managers say they’ve fired an em­­ployee for being dishonest. In such cases, it’s much easier to discipline and terminate an employee when you have a general honesty, ethics or misrepresentation clause in your employee handbook.

Progressive discipline often focuses on the end of the process—the written warnings that, if unheeded, can lead to firing. But the oral warnings that come at the beginning are just as important.
Q. Is it OK to ask members of our management team what their tentative retirement plans are so we can focus on having enough trained people ready to step up when vacancies occur? 
Q. We recently hired an experienced salesperson. Dur­­ing her orientation, she told HR that she recently underwent a sex change procedure and that she is transgender. A few days later, another employee went to HR and explained that he had known the salesperson in a previous job before her sex change. This employee is clearly uncomfortable and asked for advice on what he can say to the new employee and others on the team about their former working relationship?
According to a recent Gallup poll, only 28.3% of college graduates believe “at work I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day.”
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