Monthly Archives: March 2009

HELP ALLEVIATE YOUR EMPLOYEES’ FINANCIAL STRESS

It’s not just employers who are feeling financial stress today. It’s every one of your employees, too. According to a January 2009 poll reported by SHRM, more employees are finding wages garnished, asking for advances on 401(k) and wages, and reporting losing their homes than any time since the early 70s. The fear of survival… Read more »

IT’S A WHOLE NEW BALLGAME FOR EMPLOYERS

The Bush years were some of the least employer-friendly in many decades. All of that is about to come to a screeching halt. There’s no doubt that the Obama years will be employee friendly. Earlier this month, as part of an omnibus funding bill, the House Appropriations Committee proposed nearly $344 million for the U.S…. Read more »

PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT 101

Improving employee performance doesn’t have to be difficult. Taking these basic steps will guarantee improved employee performance: Ditch traditional performance evaluations. They simply don’t work. Too much fear and a lack of information results in an uneasy process for both manager and employee. Separate performance discussions from compensation issues. It clouds the conversation. In many… Read more »

THE IMPORTANCE OF UNDERSTANDING THE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH HR

According to a 2008 study by SHRM, compensation as a percentage of operating expenses in 2007 of privately owned, for-profit organizations came to 60%. Use the HR That Works Cost Calculator to run the numbers for your company and you’ll find that there’s at least a 10% variance related to these dollars. In other words,… Read more »

HIGH COURT PROTECTS EMPLOYEES WHO COMPLAIN DURING INVESTIGATION

In the case of Crawford v. Nashville Metro School District the Court held that an employee who speaks out about discrimination not on her own initiative, but in answering questions during an employer internal investigation, is protected from retaliation. Remember, any employee communication regarding employment discrimination virtually always constitutes an “opposition to the activity,” and… Read more »

EDITOR’S COLUMN: SHIFTING LANGUAGE

For many years, I’ve been a member of the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), a “New Age” organization that studies consciousness. I’ve met many amazing people in IONS, including physicists, physicians, psychiatrists, business leaders, and other seekers. Since the work in which they engage is as “cutting edge” or New Age as it gets, I… Read more »

PROTECT YOUR GOOD HEALTH WHEN TRAVELING OVERSEAS

As you prepare for your next overseas trip, whether it’s a vacation in France, China, or Bermuda, you’re probably dreaming of delicious local cuisine, incredible sight-seeing adventures, or plenty of relaxing days on the beach. But one thing you might have neglected to plan for is your health. Many international travelers who fall ill while… Read more »

AVOID MEDICATION MISTAKES WITH FIVE SIMPLE STEPS

According to the Institute of Medicine, medication errors are among the most common type of preventable medical mistakes to occur in hospitals. Adverse drug events cause more than 770,000 injuries and deaths each year and cost up to $5.6 million per hospital, based on a study by the Agency for Health Research and Quality. Although… Read more »

NEED MORE INSURANCE TO COVER YOUR FINE ART?

Many people collect paintings, sculptures, antiques, and other works of art with values ranging from garage sale prices to thousands of dollars. The International Risk Management Institute states that art becomes valuable for one of three reasons: Cultural significance; owner’s subjective value; or the marketplace’s estimate of its worth. Regardless of the reason, damage to… Read more »