HR Management

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

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Especially during the first six months of employment, employees are highly alert to signals and experiences that will help them navigate their new work environment. For employers, making a favorable impression during these first six months is critical to employee retention, engagement and productivity.
The owners of interactive training company Red Nucleus make it a point to hire only what they call “passionate” employees. In fact, its website uses bold language to warn off would-be applicants who “go into work every day, go through the motions and go home.”
The run-up to an election can spark heated debate around the watercooler. Employers need to balance the interest of employees’ free speech with maintaining order and productivity. Draft a policy that minimizes distractions yet allows reasonable free speech.

To hire the best new employees for its culture, Richmond, Va.-based Snagajob.com lets its current employees assist with the hiring. The online recruitment firm trains employees in interviewing skills and then calls on them to help the CEO select new hires.

On your next employee survey, ask employees to describe in three words why they like working there. Then drop that list into the “word cloud” generator at Wordle and put that word cloud on your website’s career page.
There are some things employers just can’t do, no matter what a senior manager may want. For example, you can’t punish a good employee for pointing out potential legal violations.
The 7th Circuit recently considered for the first time whether an employee can be individually liable under a “cat’s paw” theory of retaliation under Section 1981. In Smith v. Bray the court held that an employee could sue an HR manager individually for retaliating against him by influencing the decision to fire him.

Jobs change, sometimes for reasons of operational efficiency. Other times, new job requirements are mandated by outside authorities, something that’s common in the education and health care industries. Either way, be sure to give staff members as much notice as possible so they can seek additional training or look for other opportunities.

Why should HR worry about what the IT department does? After all, you’re about people; they’re about hardware and software. But there is one time when HR must collaborate with IT, and that’s when the computer system crashes. All manner of HR mayhem can ensue, and you had better be able to explain it.

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