Human Resources

Employees on Social Media Outside of Work – Company Business or Not?

Tweets, Snaps, Instagram photos, and Facebook posts are just a few of the many ways individuals communicate through social media. No big surprise that social media has also infiltrated the workplace.  Employees use social media to interact before, during, and after work time on a daily basis. Most of the interaction is harmless. But, there are those instances when you will wish that technological advances had stopped with “rotary phones” and “party lines” [for those of you who have no idea what a rotary phone or party line is, “Google” it or ask “Siri.”].  

Driving Records Must Be Checked for any Employee that Drives for Business Purposes

If your business hires commercial drivers you understand the federal laws that require you to investigate and monitor the driving activities of your employees. These drivers must meet a number of federal standards, as well as those established by your insurance carriers. But what about those employees who don’t drive 18-wheelers, but instead are behind the wheel of a company or personal vehicle?

Importance of Understanding What Goes in an Employee Personnel File

There are numerous legal requirements placed on human resource professionals to properly create, maintain, and protect the confidentiality of employment records. Federal and state agencies have stepped up their audits of personnel records, and employees frequently request information contained in their employment records. In navigating these treacherous waters, human resource record keeping practices can be your best defense or your worst enemy.

Best Paying Jobs

Whether we’re making it, spending it, saving it or in lack of it, we think about money a lot. As a result, money spurs why we work and often the professions we choose. Still, money isn’t the be-all and end-all of a profession, nor is it the exclusive factor that determines your satisfaction with the work you do. That’s what makes these 20 professions special. They’re the highest-paying occupations from our Best Jobs list, and each have average and median salaries that crest $80,000. But they’re also jobs expected to hire abundantly this decade.

Is Telecommuting a Reasonable Accommodation for Disabled Employees?

The Americans With Disabilities Act requires employers to provide disabled employees reasonable accommodation. As a result, employers are forced to ask difficult questions, such as whether an employee is a qualified individual with a disability or whether the requested accommodation is reasonable. Technology which enables employees to work from home has added a new level of complexity.

OSHA Clause for Safe Workplaces Applies to Aggressive Intruders and Active Shooters

News stories from the last few weeks reinforces how employers must be vigilant to protect employees internationally, nationally and locally. The shootings in Paris and Mali and the violence in colleges, churches, plants and office settings, point out risks that are sad reminders that there are individuals and groups who mean to do harm in the workplace and have the means to do so.

Conducting Employee Surveys

Surveys can be wonderful tools to gauge employee perceptions about your business and their role within it. Everyone likes to give their opinion and it is even better when the boss truly wants to hear it!  

Responding to the feedback you receive can lead to higher retention rates, lower absenteeism, improved productivity, better customer service and higher employee morale; all things a good leader has a vested interest in! However, misinterpreting results or failing to act on the issues identified in the survey can have the opposite effect.