STRATEGIC PLANNING

Easy way to save money: Use the Garamond font

04/10/2014
Using Garamond in your documents instead of other common fonts could reduce printing costs by 25%. Garamond’s thinner strokes need less ink, according to a study published in the Journal of Emerging Investigators.

Lessons from LEAP 2014

03/31/2014
From March 12 to 14, hundreds of HR professionals from across the country gathered at the Bellagio in Las Vegas for the HR Specialist’s annual Labor and Employment Law Advanced Practices (LEAP) Symposium. Here are some nuggets of wisdom from the event.

The free-range office concept: Will it catch on?

03/24/2014
How would your employees respond if you took away their desks, their filing cabinets—even their own private offices? At the Los Angeles headquarters of CBRE Group, even the CEO has no home base within the office. The goal: reduce rent costs by using office space more efficiently, attract tech-savvy workers who are weaned on wireless and create an atmosphere of better collaboration.

Follow these keys to put the 'success' in succession planning

03/19/2014

A good succession plan ensures that your workforce is prepared to meet your organization’s future challenges. Make these measures part of your succession planning process:

How to repair a troubled HR department

03/12/2014

Poor HR management leads to low morale, and executives, no doubt, have learned to marginalize HR. Use the following guidelines to take initial steps to restore confidence in HR, win over management and allow you to gradually make changes.

Seek managers' help when planning for future staffing

02/19/2014
It’s not too soon to start planning for your 2015 budget request. When you start projecting costs for next year, how will you know how many employees your organization will need? Involve your line managers in the process.

Game on! How HR can use 'gamification' to recruit, train and engage employees

02/10/2014

Candy Crush, meet the corner office. Online games aren’t just for playtime anymore. Small and midsize businesses can take a cue from their large competitors, who are increasingly using online games to recruit, educate and energize their staffs.

Business to hit road in 2014

02/05/2014
Buoyed by an improving economy, U.S. employers plan to spend more on business travel in 2014, reaching levels not seen since 2007.

Is it time to rethink an open-space office?

01/17/2014
You’ve probably heard the argument that if you want to im­­prove employee communication and foster collaboration, tear down the walls and create an open-plan environment. But a new study based on a survey of over 42,000 office workers in 303 office buildings finds those assumptions may not be true.

Trade Secrets

12/06/2013

HR Law 101: There are two important reasons you need to protect your company’s trade secrets: (1) You make it less likely that confidential information will be misappropriated. (2) It will be easier for you to seek relief in court if your secrets are stolen ...  

         

Strike down the hidden tyranny of pay for performance

12/05/2013
Rewarding your company’s star employees with the heftiest pay raises might not be enough to keep them from looking to jump ship if you expect them to take up the slack of associates who do the bare minimum.

Should we use arbitration agreements to help resolve employment disputes?

12/03/2013
In California, companies adopting arbitration agreements face a number of difficult decisions in crafting their agreements to ensure that they will be enforceable while also maximizing the benefits of arbitration.

7 questions to ask about your year-end bonus plan

12/03/2013
If your company will hand out holiday bonuses this year, do it with purpose. Here are seven questions to ask before you start writing the checks.

ACA SHOPs postponed one year, HHS urges using brokers instead

12/02/2013
Small business owners won't be able go online to buy health insurance for their employees until November 2014. Meanwhile, the Department of Health and Human Services suggests doing it the old-fashioned way—through a broker.

Accommodating religion in the 21st century workplace

11/27/2013
Employers are often reluctant to raise concerns over the impact of an employee’s religious practices. Those issues generally aren’t considered to be job-related, and the fear is that addressing them might cause a discrimination lawsuit.
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