Monthly Archives: May 2011

DOES THE EMPLOYEE FIT THE JOB?

I’m a big fan of using character assessment tools – and one of my favorites is www.zeroriskhr.com. My team and I are currently using their post-employment program to help improve our communication and make me a more effective boss. The folks at ZeroRisk reminded me that the employer’s goal is to match skills and natural… Read more »

MANAGING MENTAL DISABILITIES

It takes the EEOC 56 pages to define a “mental disability.” Approximately 58 million Americans, one in four adults, experience a mental health impairment in a given year (National Alliance on Mental Illness, 2007). One in 17 individuals lives with a serious mental health impairment, such as schizophrenia, major depression, or bipolar disorder (National Institute… Read more »

OVERTIME BACK WAGES SETTLEMENT COSTS LEVI STRAUSS $1 MILLION+

This recent news story carries a lesson for every employer. Levi Strauss Agrees to Pay More Than $1 Million in Overtime Back Wages to Nearly 600 Employees Following U.S. Labor Department Investigation Overtime violations found at retail stores nationwide SAN FRANCISCO — Levi Strauss & Co. has agreed to pay $1,011,413 in overtime back wages… Read more »

SOCIAL MEDIA POLICIES: BE PREPARED

Social media and networking sites have become commonplace in today’s workplace. The most popular sites (such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube) connect people by enabling them to search for former classmates, colleagues, and friends. Users can leave public messages for their “friends,” and/or create interest groups or “networks.” The problem for employers is that… Read more »

WHEN MANAGERS DON’T SPEAK UP

I’ve handled more than 3,000 “hotline” calls from managers trying to deal with their employees. I find that very often they don’t let employees know about something- when they should do so. These include: Poor performance, body odor, bringing personal problems to work, wasting time on gossip, using social media, shopping online, coming and going… Read more »

EDITOR’S COLUMN: DESCRIBING THE PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF A JOB

I recently saw a job posted for an HRIS expert at an auto dealership. Curious, I scrolled through it, where it stated at the end in bright red print: “Important Notes: Environment and Physical Activity “The environment for this position is an open office that’s mostly clean and comfortable. The job involves driving a personally… Read more »

LIFE INSURANCE: AN IRREPLACEABLE PROTECTION

According to A.M. Best, an insurance rating company, fewer than 50% of U.S. households have Life insurance outside of what’s provided by their employer. This statistic begs the question – why have so many individuals abandoned their Life insurance needs? There’s not a one-size-fits-all answer to such a question, but there are a couple of… Read more »

SHORT-TERM HEALTH INSURANCE CAN COVER WORKERS DURING JOB TRANSITIONS

Most employees that leave a job also leave their employer-sponsored medical coverage behind. This can be a chancy move, especially if you don’t have other insurance options readily available to you. If you’ve already left your job, then you’ve most likely already found out that obtaining affordable Health insurance isn’t the easiest task when you’re… Read more »

INTERNET USAGE SPELLS TROUBLE FOR DRIVERS

Driving distractions come in many shapes and sizes. Between phone calls, text messages, Internet, television screens, unruly children, and distractions on the road, it is a wonder we ever arrive safely from Point A to Point B. In November of 2010, State Farm created an online survey to gain a better understanding of what distracts… Read more »