We Know Next Weekly Recap: November 26-30th

News Updates

In case you missed it, here’s what happened on We Know Next this week.

The Transition Network is a small nonprofit organization near Wall Street that helps women 50 and older plan the next steps in their personal and professional lives. When Hurricane Sandy struck the eastern United States on Oct. 29, 2012, Transition Network Executive Director Betsy Werley and her four employees had to scramble to find a plan to keep the business open. Telecommuting saved the day. Werley’s staff worked from home using personal computers and mobile devices. The only thing Werley couldn’t do was write paper checks.

Every smart employer knows that results matter more than face time. Judging employees chiefly on the number of hours they log in at work is not only demoralizing but does little for company performance. In fact, sixty-nine percent of employers report that supervisors at their organizations are encouraged to assess employees' performance by what they accomplish and not just by the hours they work.

Senior executives say they understand that a strategic human resources function is crucial in today’s competitive global market. At the same time, however, the C-suite believes that HR is ineffective and consistently fails to provide value to the organization, a new report found.

The Obama administration issued three new proposed rules to implement provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The rules, released on Nov. 20, 2012, and published in the Federal Register on Nov. 26, pertain to guaranteed issuance of coverage regardless of pre-existing conditions; essential health benefits that nongrandfathered plans in the individual and small group markets will be required to cover; and an increase in maximum allowable wellness program incentives.

Employees of a certain age might recall the days when Friendster and MySpace—the first wave of social networking websites—were banned in offices around the world because of their distracting nature. In 2012, however, employee communication experts embrace Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter as mechanisms for disseminating company news and messages. Communication experts say it’s no longer taboo to tweet, network with LinkedIn connections or “like” Facebook pages during office hours; social media is now “the” way to stay connected to colleagues in the next cubicle or across time zones.

The U.S. Army kicked off its “Hire a Veteran” campaign Nov. 19, 2012, during a press conference with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The campaign is aimed at debunking employer misperceptions about the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) on veterans’ job performance, and at educating employers on what reasonable accommodations involve.

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