Category Archives: Article

What’s the Secret Sauce to Effective Performance Management?

At the start of February we heard news about a former manager at Yahoo challenging in Federal Court the company’s quarterly performance review (QPR), just after IBM announced it will replace the annual performance review it’s used for 10 years with a new system called “Checkpoint.” Meanwhile GE, Adobe, Microsoft and many others have eliminated […]

Workplace Violence: Employers Taking More Steps to Protect Themselves

Workplace violence isn’t new, but recently it’s become top of mind in the wake of recent tragedies.  While the odds of workplace assaults like the one in San Bernardino are extreme, they’ve raised questions about how much responsibility an employer has to prevent them. Last year on December 2nd a county health department in California held a […]

There’s No Such Thing As Free Labor

Free-market economist and Nobel laureate Milton Friedman’s oft-quoted book title, There’s No Such Thing As A Free Lunch, reminds us to be wary of things appearing to come at no cost. The same might be said of the notion of “free” labor. Employers who believe they are benefiting from greater productivity when employees habitually put […]

Award Program to Pay Tribute to HR Executives

During a workshop a few years ago, a senior vice president of human resources introduced herself as the person responsible for managing 70 cents of every dollar that flows through her corporation. She also noted that the investment in human resources – including recruiting, payroll, employment taxes, benefits, employee relations, and training and development– is […]

Women executives respond to ‘Lean In’ view of leadership

In her book, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg writes that all too often she’s witnessed ambitious, successful women scale back or “lean out” of their career paths prematurely, cutting off leadership opportunities. A woman who one day plans to raise a family, for example, “considers how hard she is working and reasons that to […]

Automating HR: A luxury or must-have?

With only six months to go before 2014, let me share a story about technology, human resources and the impending Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. healthcare reform). Last year, businesses across the country learned that one of the law’s provisions required companies that distributed more than 250 W-2’s to determine the total cost […]

Consider an HR Audit to Avoid Becoming a 2013 Statistic

Woody Allen once quipped “confidence is what you have before you understand the problem.” Those ten words sum up what many businesses are starting to feel as 2013 brings in broader workplace requirements for employers and hardline enforcement by government agencies. A few news items to think about: The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) […]