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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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Employees who suspect they are facing discipline sometimes think they can stop the process by complaining about some form of alleged discrimination. At the very least, they reason, they can claim they suffered retaliation for reporting discrimination. Smart employers keep careful rec­­ords showing the internal timeline for all employment decisions.

If you allow employees to listen to music in the workplace, be aware of the legal and practical consequences, lest you start hearing the not-so-sweet sounds of co-workers' complaints … or even lawsuits.

Cyber Monday—the online version of Black Friday—is Nov. 26. Do you know what your employees are doing that day?

Only 21% of employers set formal policies that limit employees’ use of cellphones and tablets during nonworking hours, and 26% have informal policies limiting their use, says a new SHRM survey.

Is your recognition program a top-down affair, with execs deciding how to sprinkle around the praise and prizes? Actually, studies show peer-to-peer recognition can boost employee morale and productivity more than traditional reward programs. Some examples:

The winter holiday season is ap­­proaching and with it, perhaps some excessively cheerful holiday glee. That may offend some religious individuals from a wide variety of faiths. But as long as employers don’t go overboard on the religious aspects of the season and don’t punish those who want to play Scrooge, a little merriment is fine.

When employees at CenturyLink raised enough money to buy 106,275 pounds of food and donated $271,900 for a children’s charity, their company’s foundation chipped in another $1 million to support their efforts. The combined contributions bought 7.7 million pounds of groceries.
When a Best Buy store does well, the employees share in the spoils. Plus, at some of the stores, employees blow off steam by competing on video games and foosball tables in the break room.
Fewer American workers are reliant on their next payday to make ends meet, according to a new CareerBuilder survey.

At the National Institutes of Health, blind employees are reaching out to sighted co-workers to teach them how to treat them during the workday.

The number of workplace fatalities fell by 81 last year, according to U.S. Department of Labor statistics. In 2011, 4,609 U.S. employees died on the job, compared to 4,690 in 2010.
The last six weeks of the year include a handful of holidays for which employees clamor for time off. While some of these holidays are traditionally offered as a paid day off, employees might want other days off. Be prepared to manage their time off requests.
December is the most popular month for employees to take sick days. Maintaining staffing is already difficult during the holiday season, and you face legal risks in requiring employees to work on certain religious holidays.

The next time you find yourself griping about a paper cut or a sore back from sitting all day, realize that things could be a whole lot worse. Here's the Bureau of Labor Statistics' latest list of the 10 most dangerous American jobs.

Courts don’t expect perfection from an HR investigation. They just want to see that someone in authority took reasonable steps to learn the truth.
California last month became the third state to enact a law that prohibits employers from asking applicants or employees for their passwords to social media sites. Illinois and Mary­­land had passed similar laws earlier this year.
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:

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