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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Mercer has been voted 2012’s top HR consulting firm in a poll conducted by the career planning website Vault.com.

If they could choose one management function to avoid, many managers would choose disciplining employees. In today's litigious society, individuals don't think twice about seeking solace in court for perceived inequities, so many employment lawsuits are filed by employees who believe they were disciplined unfairly.

When investigating claims of harassment or misconduct, it’s common to ask employees whom you interview to “keep this information confidential.” But a new ruling from the NLRB says that such a blanket confidentiality rule violates employees’ legal rights unless “legitimate and substantial justification exists” for the rule.

Telework challenges businesses to ensure that remote employees are working when they’re supposed to be. Yet it’s also a way to curb absenteeism. Here are examples of what works, from employers that have fully integrated telework into their operations:

Turning your handbook into an electronic document can cut costs, make updating easier and give employees a convenient place to access policies. Going electronic isn’t technically difficult. But the process involves more than simply transferring written documents to a database or internal website.

An employee complains that her co-worker's inappropriate comments and behavior make her uncomfortable. You receive an anonymous letter from an employee accusing a colleague of misconduct. What do you do next in all these instances? Investigate. Investigate. Investigate.
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If an eventual lawsuit alleges that an employee submitted a form or sent a letter containing specific information, good records will make it easier to counter that claim. You’ll be able to tell the court about your process and then ask for an expert analysis of the document.

Although the managerial mistakes that have created HR headaches and triggered employee lawsuits are countless, here are the most common managerial moves at the heart of employers’ legal woes:

Midsize employers can benefit by following the lead of large HR departments, colleges and government agencies that create annual reports detailing HR’s goals and accomplishments. Use these seven tips to produce reports that increase HR’s influence.

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