METRICS

Use split-sample tests to gain backing for HR

03/06/2014
Say you want to implement a new training program for sales reps. But every time you propose a new HR initiative like this, executives question whether it can work or say the company can’t afford it. Next time, take a different approach: split-sample testing.

Track the HR metrics that really matter

12/30/2013
You probably track several HR-related numbers, but are you sure you’re tracking the right ones? Here are some of the more common metrics that experts say HR professionals should know how to track.

Attach a dollar figure to every key HR initiative

11/05/2013
Reporting your HR accomplishments to the top brass isn’t enough to cement your role as a strategic partner in your organization. It’s just as important to quantify the financial impact of those accomplishments.

Metrics: More than just numbers

07/18/2013

Metrics can add value to the Payroll department, said Linda Obertin, vice president at Fidelity Investments, at the American Payroll Association’s Annual Congress. To implement a metrics program, Obertin highlighted these six steps:

8 easy ways to attract employees to your EAP

05/21/2013
Employee assistance programs can yield savings of $5 to $16  for each dollar invested, according to various studies. But if very few of your employees use your EAP, you’re not getting anywhere near that kind of ROI. Eight suggestions for boosting EAP participation:

4 steps to link variable pay with performance

04/24/2013
Bonuses are back, according to research conducted by the Hay Group. But with a pragmatic nod to today’s austere business environment, employers are taking a hard look at why they’re dishing out variable pay, what they want it to accomplish and how they decide who gets how much.

Bonuses bounce back, with push from the top

01/22/2013
Bonuses are back, according to research conducted by the Hay Group. But with a pragmatic nod to today’s austere business environment, employers are taking a hard look at why they’re dishing out variable pay, what they want it to accomplish and how they decide who gets how much.

What's the value of a tweet or a Facebook 'like'?

08/31/2012
Employers are jumping on the social media bandwagon … and they often ask HR to drive. What’s the No. 1 challenge when it comes to launching a social media initiative?

8 flex trends that will affect your company

06/18/2012

As more organizations allow em­­ployees to adjust their schedules and telework, it puts pressure on other employers to offer the same flexibility—or lose out when it comes to recruiting and retaining quality workers. A recent study of employers' workplace flexibiliity practices uncovered eight trends you need to understand.

How to help employees understand the value of their benefits

01/17/2012

Boosting your benefits communication during lean economic times can help your organization retain good employees and ease their worries so they can focus on work. The key: Show employees the value of their benefits.

Proving the ROI of wellness programs just got easier

11/24/2011

Every employer seems to be jumping on the wellness bandwagon in an effort to curb health care costs. But it’s always been hard for HR to prove its wellness investment is worth it. Reason: the inability to nail down a return on investment (ROI) on wellness programs. Now, a host of new approaches and tools have come to the rescue.

Quit guessing at training ROI: Use this simple formula instead

11/15/2011
Employee training represents an act of faith for many organizations. They know it’s important, but few can quantify the return on investment. Still, HR is pushed to prove that training pays off. Use this formula to prove to senior managers which training produces results and which doesn’t.

HR's smartest move: Align with the CFO

09/13/2011

Corporate pressures now call for closer ties between HR and top finance. Winning the CFO as an ally can help earn funding for HR projects, and your strategy smarts will draw attention. Take steps to cultivate the relationships and learn the numbers he or she thrives on.

How to recoup training costs when new employee quits

09/13/2011

It’s expensive to train employees, especially if the job is highly specialized. Smart employers protect their investments by having new employees sign an agreement to repay training costs if they leave soon after receiving the valuable benefit. Here’s how to recoup those costs.

Why execs hate HR ... and 5 things you can do about it!

08/05/2011

If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard an executive complain about HR … Why the bad rap? Is it deserved? What’s more, how does HR change it? Here’s how: 1. Just say "no" to no. 2. Avoid foolish consistency. 3. Speak their language. 4. Don’t forget, you are management. 5. Become mission critical.

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