Can we ban employee appointments during work?

Q. I have an employee who is constantly scheduling appointments during work hours and having to leave. In the past two weeks alone, she missed 27 hours due to appointments. If we cannot restrict appointments outside of work, can I require documentation of appointments?

New incidents to go in the 'Weirdos at work' file

07/18/2014 recently collected the following examples of odd things managers have observed their employees doing.

How much does that 'easy' 20-mile commute cost?

A 20-mile trip each way each day × 250 work days per year × IRS’ standard 56 cents-per-mile operating cost = Your employees are spending a ton of moolah every year driving to and from work.

HRCI to SHRM: You can't dump me! I'm leaving!

It doesn’t look like this relationship can be saved. The schism between the Society for Human Resource Management and the HR Certification Institute over SHRM’s decision to launch its own certification program was on full display at the SHRM Annual Conference in June in Orlando, Fla.

Plan in advance to weather natural disasters


Smart employers make contingency plans so they can stay up and running even when normal work operations are disrupted. Here are eight key pieces to a crisis-management plan, which you can coordinate with the appropriate departments.

4 steps to get more from high-potential employees

Many companies are focusing more effort on developing "HiPos," but simply offering a HiPo program doesn’t guarantee business success.

New risk: employee assault & battery lawsuits

While you likely have a grasp on the definition of unlawful harassment and discrimination, have you thought about what constitutes assault, battery and “intentional infliction of emotional distress” in the workplace?

Quotable Quotes: SHRM 2014 Conference

So you weren't able to make it to the big Society for Human Resource Management annual conference in Orlando this year? No problem. We brought back a big bag of HR wisdom, all arranged in a dozen tweet-sized quotable quotes.

Was college worth it?

For working Millennials—currently ages 18 to 32—it may be too soon to see the payoff, but Gen X’ers and baby boomers overwhelmingly believe they got their money’s worth from going to college.

Medical flight service cross-trains all staff

Whether an employee of Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance is a pilot, a medic or an HR director, he or she has a working knowledge of all of those jobs.

Going mobile: The risks and rewards of BYOD

"Bring Your Own Device" policies are a growing trend, but can they bite back against employers?

PwC starts early to train women for leadership

PwC started priming its future workforce by inviting female college students to participate in a forum on women’s leadership in April.

The HR I.Q. Test: July '14

Test your knowledge of recent trends in employment law, comp & benefits and other HR issues with our monthly mini-quiz.

Want shorter meetings? Stand up for standing!

Life is too short to spend even one extra minute in a meeting. Endear yourself to colleagues by championing stand-up meetings.

What kinds of financial education programs do employers provide?

57% of employers provide some kind of financial education to their employees. Here’s where those programs focus.
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