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Strategic Planning

‘Flex’ benefits business, not just employees

Flex is becoming as coveted by businesses as it is by employees. Organizations, it seems, need as much flexibility when it comes to staffing as employees do when it comes to balancing work with personal commitments. Here are seven ways your organi­zation can benefit as much as its employees do from offering time-and-place flexibility.

Half of firms delaying decisions until after election

Is your organization putting off major decisions—whether to add or reduce staff, make a major investment, etc.—until after the Nov. 6 election? If so, you’re not alone.

Plug in: Making the leap to electronic HR records

Many employers are making the leap to “paperless” HR. Digital records are easy to access and cheap to archive. But despite the many benefits of electronic records storage, a host of legal problems could derail even the best-intentioned digital records plan. Here are the issues to consider before you make the transition.

ACA upheld, HR’s compliance scramble begins

If you took a wait-and-see approach to implementing health benefit changes until the Supreme Court ruled on the health care reform law, it’s time to kick your planning into high gear. Several short-term deadlines are approaching that require HR’s immediate attention, and significant milestones loom in 2013 and 2014.

After Supreme Court’s ACA ruling, 5 strategic steps to take

Now that the Supreme Court has up­­held the Affordable Care Act, it’s time to weigh the strategic impact on your organization. Take these five steps to clarify decisions you need to make between now and 2014.

Staff, applicants lack needed skills? 6 ways to close the gap

Nearly one-third of employers say they can’t find qualified candidates to fill their open jobs, up from 24% a year ago, according to CareerBuilder. Here are six ways employers are addressing the post-recession skills shortage:

How to Establish an Employee Mentoring Program

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Close skills gap with training, pay, planning


More than half of U.S. employers are having trouble filling mission-critical positions, a ManpowerGroup report notes. It’s time to turn around the trend. Here are nine ways organizations are addressing the post-recession skills shortage:

Take off, knowing the office is in good hands

Whether you want to enjoy a summer vacation or have to unexpectedly be out of the office because of a family emergency, actions you take now can save you from worrying about work. These preparations will make you confident that your colleagues can handle your absence.

What’s the biggest challenge you face as you try to make HR more effective this year?

Too much to do, too little management support are holding back HR.