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How to Use Benefits and Payroll Administration Systems

Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS) can be a great tool for your business to use to track and manage employees and potential employees. Many systems include benefits administration and payroll administration [more…]

How to Use Employee Self-Service Features of Human Resources Information Systems

Human Resources Information Systems (HRISs) designed with an employee self-service interface give workers more ownership of their data by providing ready access to information such as their profiles, benefits [more…]

How to Align Staff with Business Needs

Strategic staffing in your business begins with an effort to reassess your department’s human resource requirements in the context of your firm’s business priorities. It’s a mindset rather than a process [more…]

How Employee Diversity Can Work for Your Company

Diversity in your company’s workforce includes a lot more than minority representation in your employee pool. Trends such as delayed retirement, second careers, and increased longevity mean that the age [more…]

How to Choose the Right Firm to Meet Your Contingent Staffing Needs

The case for using a staffing firm to help execute a contingency staffing strategy is fairly airtight. Firms that specialize in providing contingent workers already have a pool of experienced people they [more…]

How to Get the Most Benefit from Contingent Workers

Blending contingent workers into your company’s existing workforce requires a certain amount of preparation at the departmental level to make sure that you’re getting the most out of these professionals [more…]

How to Offer Feedback on Contingent Workers

When contingent workers finish their assignments with your company, make a record of what you thought of their performance. Depending on whether your experience was positive or negative, you may want to [more…]

Alternatives to Employee Layoffs to Reduce Business Costs

If the purpose of a layoff of employees is to cut down on business costs (as opposed to reduce redundancy), you may want to explore options that, at the very least, can reduce the number of people who [more…]

How to Prevent Sexual Harassment in the Work Place

The definition of sexual harassment, on the surface, seems fairly straightforward. Broadly, it is imposing an unwanted condition on a person’s employment because of that person’s sex. [more…]

How to Deal Sexual Harassment Claims from Your Employees

No company today can afford to ignore this issue of sexual harassment among employees, and no one with HR responsibility can afford to forget that what one person may view as a harmless joke may well be [more…]

How to Avoid Workplace Violence

Violence in the workplace is an issue that no company — regardless of how large or small the company or where it’s located — can afford to ignore.

What steps can your company take to provide reasonable [more…]

Top Ten Human Resources-Related Websites

Plenty of websites address various aspects of the human resources function in a business. These ten sites are the ones every HR professional should know about and use. [more…]

How to Ease the Trauma of Employee Layoffs

Layoffs differ from firings in a variety of ways, but one critical aspect comes to mind: The people being let go haven’t necessarily done anything to warrant losing their jobs. Layoffs occur for a number [more…]

How to Decide Whether to Lay Off Employees

Generally, in a nonunion, private work environment, when an employee is laid off, there is no expectation that she will be returning to work. Some companies use the term in a different sense, however. [more…]

How to Avoid Common Mistakes in Firing Unproductive Employees

Even when you have good cause, firing an employee is not an easy process. The following guidelines can help you avoid some common mistakes in connection with employee terminations: [more…]

How to Fire Unproductive Employees

Even when you have ample cause for doing so, firing employees is difficult — not only for the employees losing their jobs and the supervisors making the decision, but for co-workers as well. [more…]

How to Handle Post-Termination with an Employee

If your company hasn’t developed one, work with your management to develop a disciplined, clearly defined procedure for what happens after you fire an employee. Make the break as clean as possible — albeit [more…]

How to Defuse Employee Grievances

An effective, well-balanced disciplinary process does more than provide a means for dealing with employees’ problem behavior. It also gives them an opportunity to speak up [more…]

How to Develop Employee Disciplinary Procedures

Some companies like a formalized disciplinary process, one that reasonably and systematically warns employees when performance falls short of expectations. A [more…]

How to Protect Yourself from Wrongful Discharge Litigation by Former Employees

Wrongful discharge cases remain a mainstay of litigation against employers. Even more sobering is the fact that plaintiffs win most wrongful discharge suits that reach a jury trial largely because juries [more…]

How to Conduct an Employee Performance Appraisal Meeting

At one point or another in the process of creating an employee performance appraisal process, you have to address the “people” component — what should happen when managers and employees sit down together [more…]

How to Prepare for a Negative Reaction to an Employee Performance Evaluation

In a well-managed company, most employees are probably performing adequately or better. However, some people simply don’t take criticism well, no matter how minimal or appropriately delivered. In any performance [more…]

How to Encourage Further Employee Development

As part of the appraisal meeting, supervisors should identify areas for improvement and, together with their employees, build a set of workable performance development activities. To prepare, supervisors [more…]

How to Give Constructive Feedback during an Employee Evaluation

If your company is like most, the toughest thing for your managers to do during the employee appraisal meeting will be to talk about where an employee’s performance is lacking. Here, again, it’s in your [more…]

How to Provide Positive Employee Recognition

One key to career development is keeping employees motivated. It’s not always easy for busy prospective leaders to take time out to acquire new skills as part of a formal professional development plan. [more…]


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