HR Insights


Should A Manager Have The Power To Fire An Employee?

Posted by Ginger Sullivan on August 25, 2016

This advice column conversation asks the question: Should HR managers have the power to fire? In the story that follows, one HR manager describes a feud between one of her managerial staff and a subordinate employee.

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How to Keep Workplace Stress Down in the Run-up to the Election

Posted by Wendy White on August 17, 2016

The American Presidential election cycle: torturously long and toxically divisive. Your employees are as aware of election news (and their own deeply held opinions) as citizens all over the country.

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5 Roles That Will Power 21st Century Human Resources Departments

Posted by Ginger Sullivan on August 9, 2016

The 21st century has forced most industries to be more employee-focused as a method of keeping great talent on board. As HR proceeds into the future, it's likely that employee-focus will only become more important.

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Rebooting Anti-Discrimination Efforts

Posted by Wendy White on August 8, 2016

Thirty years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that harassment in the workplace was a form of discrimination. A recent exhaustive study on workplace legal charges has found that harassment is still a big problem.

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3 Keys to Better Management of Workplace Conflict

Posted by Wendy White on July 21, 2016

Conflict is always going to come up in the workplace. Because it's only a matter of time, it's important for HR management always to be ready.

No two conflicts are alike, all featuring the unique personality components of the people involved. This requires improvisation on the part of management.

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Political Anger a New Challenge for HR Managers

Posted by Wendy White on July 13, 2016

As much as we'd all like the option to avoid political vitriol at the office, the dinner table, and on our Facebook feeds, 'tis the season for political anger.

If political bickering breaks out around the water cooler, it's up to HR to de-escalate tensions.

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Should HR Managers Embrace "Employee Types"?

Posted by Ginger Sullivan on June 29, 2016

Canon has conducted research about "Employee Types" - fundamental personality traits which tend to come out in individuals, making them respond to tailor-made management styles.

Canon identified three employee types:

  • Focused Employees
  • Balanced Employees
  • Mobile Employees
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5 Quick Tips to Improve Employee Orientation

Posted by Tatiana Spears on June 22, 2016

Looking to revamp your employee orientation process? Here’s how to ditch the dull and get new talent on-board and sold-out.

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A New Facebook Chatbot Could Help You Find (Or Fill) Your Next Job

Posted by Ginger Sullivan on June 13, 2016

Facebook works with a lot of developers to create all kinds of new user experiences. Chatbots are one of the hottest startups in the business, providing conversations between a user and an AI, in the attempt to find information or solve a problem.

New innovations have allowed chatbots to help users find jobs. But is this the end of HR recruitment? Far from it.

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How Should Employers Respond to an Employee Diagnosed with Cancer?

Posted by Wendy White on June 7, 2016

According to a recent survey, 71% of HR professionals have no policy for employees diagnosed with cancer. Because of the diversity of cancer cases, this leaves a lot of decisions to be made on the spot.

What about recovering patients who want to return to work after a lengthy absence? What about cancer prevention and preventive screening?

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