Streamlining a Lengthy Orientation Process

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Bringing new people onboard is an important process, and should be done with care and planning. New workers should be brought up to speed, given the tools they need to be successful, and made to feel welcomed by the company. What you should avoid, however, if you are in human resources, is a very long… Read more »

Tips to Help You Upgrade Your Leadership Skills

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Leadership has acquired even more emphasis in the current business climate, as it appears more and more that leaders are putting their own self-interest ahead of the organizations for which they are responsible. What can you do to upgrade your leadership skills? Here are a few tips from business analysts John Coleman and Bill George…. Read more »

A Company’s Process Improvement Efforts and Human Resources

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A representative from human resources needs to be on any performance improvement team that is worth the name, according to business analyst Brad Power. In addition to people who know how things work, and people who know how to make them work better, Power says that there also should be on the team people who… Read more »

Improve Coaching for a Better Bottom Line

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Recent signs are showing that companies that develop a culture where coaching is encouraged and practiced well by everyone have better bottom lines. This may be something for human resources departments to think about and to get involved in creating such an atmosphere. A recent study by the California-based advisory firm Bersin and Associates showed… Read more »

Larger Companies Hiring More

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If you are looking for work right now, you may want to take a look at larger companies. Recent poll results show that larger companies – those with 500 employees or more — are more likely to be hiring than smaller companies. But the survey showed that almost 75 percent of companies are doing some… Read more »

Obesity and Lost Productivity

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A recent Gallup poll has revealed that workers who are overweight or obese miss 450 million more work hours each year than workers who are normal weight. This absentee rate has lead to about $153 billion in lost productivity each year. Less than 15 percent of the workforce is not overweight and does not have… Read more »

Looking at Personality and Character When Hiring

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When looking at job a candidate, there are many factors to consider in making a decision as to whether someone will be successful or not in the job. Naturally, education and training play a key role in making a hiring decision. But there are other factors as well. Personality and character traits – the so-called… Read more »

Good Business Writing for Human Resources Professionals

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f you work in human resources, you must often send memos and e-mails, create reports or PowerPoint presentations. Naturally, you want to make these writings as effective and powerful as possible. But how exactly do you go about doing that? David Silverman, a former businessman and current business writing professor, has some advice on the… Read more »

Human Resources’ Evolving Role

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A recent study by the firm of Towers Perrin on the human resources function in business came to the following conclusion – that the role of human resources is changing from a more isolated, independent department to one that is now more integrated with the other areas of the company, and one which works with… Read more »

Planning for a Layoff

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Although getting laid off can be a traumatic experience, experts say you shouldn’t panic. You need to be calm and levelheaded to plan a course of action for while you are unemployed and to plan a strategy for finding another job. There are several things you can do to help yourself get through this tough… Read more »