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Telecommuting Policies When Inclement Weather Strikes

 

As my great-grandfather would always say:  “Expect the unexpected so when it reaches you you’re not surprised.”  Good advice generally . . .  but especially today. . . given the chaos caused by recent major weather events.  So, what can employers do to “expect the unexpected”?

The answer is . . . Prepare.

Because employees often may need to work from home during weather emergencies (or threatened weather emergencies) one important “to do” preparation step is to create a telecommuting policy.  Telecommuting does not change the terms or conditions of employment,...

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HR Technology Q & A with Ultimate Software Chief Technology Officer Adam Rogers

The 2017 Human Resource Executive 20th Annual HR Technology Conference takes place October 10-13 in Las Vegas.  As a 2017 HR Technology Conference Insiders Blogger, I interviewed several human resources and technology experts to get their perspective on how technology and trends are impacting the HR profession. 


Adam Rogers serves as Ultimate Software's chief technology officer, overseeing the company's product strategy, development, and delivery via cloud computing. Adam joined Ultimate more than 20 years ago, and since 2002, he has...

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SHRM Connect: Friday Funnies

 
SHRM Connect is an online community where SHRM members can ask questions and get answers on a variety of HR topics. It’s a great place to network with other HR professionals and share solutions.  
 
The conversation topics range from “HR Department of One” to Employment Law, are always insightful, and deal with some of the most pressing issues that HR professionals face in the workplace today.
 
While some of the conversations take on a more serious tone, others will deliver a bit of comic relief, and on Fridays, I’ll be highlighting a conversation or two in hopes...
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How to Humanize Benefits Communications with Technology

 

Portals and apps are trending, but employees still prefer talking with HR 

 

HR leaders can rely on a bevy of digital technologies to improve benefits communication. Whether they use apps, videos, portals, microsites or automated e-mails, benefits administrators can reach employees with key messages across multiple channels during open enrollment and throughout the year.
 
But many employees seek more of a human touch in how they learn about and make decisions about their benefit choices.
 
To achieve the optimal balance between high-touch and high-tech, experts recommend employing a...
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A Managers Guide to Developing Competencies in HR Staff

HR is tasked with implementing strategies to develop the competencies of all employees within an organization. But often, it's HR's own staff that gets overlooked in the process. Phyllis G. Hartman's A Manager's Guide to Developing Competencies in HR Staff (SHRM, 2017) is here to help. Hartman, who hold a SHRM-SCP, is the founder of PGHR Consulting and has more than 25 years of experience as a human resource professional. Her book helps HR managers understand the work of developing their staff in an organized, step-by-step way. 

The HR Magazine Book Blog recently spoke to Hartman about the book....

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HR Technology Q & A with Debbie Shotwell

 

The 2017 Human Resource Executive 20th Annual HR Technology Conference takes place October 10-13 in Las Vegas.  As a 2017 HR Technology Conference Insiders Blogger, I interviewed several human resources and technology experts to get their perspective on how technology and trends are impacting the HR profession. 


 
As the Chief People Officer of Saba Software, Debbie Shotwell is responsible for human resources, learning and development, employee communications and community relations.
 
Debbie brings over 25 years...
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The Future of HR: A Q&A with Henry G. Jackson

Retiring SHRM CEO Henry G. Jackson looks back on his legacy and forward to the future of HR.


Henry G. “Hank” Jackson, president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), will soon retire after serving since 2010 as the Society’s sixth CEO. During his tenure, the world’s largest HR association grew to a record 289,000 members, launched SHRM competency-based certification exams and created the SHRM Competency Model, which supports practitioners in their professional development and helps organizations identify strong HR leaders.

Jackson recently spoke to HR Magazine about his tenure at the association and his plans...

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Bitter or Better ??

 
Change.
 
A simple word that is infinite in how it can be defined, measured and approached. There are countless articles, training courses, books and opinions on what change is/isn’t and how to approach it when it occurs. That seems ironic to me because if change is hard to define, how can a model be derived to effectively address the various components (that ultimately lead to more change.)
 
You see, change can’t be contained. We keep trying to put controls on everything because we assume that control will limit change. It doesn’t and can’t. Change is a continuum...
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