Monthly Archives: October 2012

THE ECONOMY: PREPARE FOR THE OTHER SHOE TO DROP

Although I don’t pretend to be a financial expert, I have disciplined myself to learn basic accounting principles. The more financial news and literature I read, the more I want to pound my head. Here’s why: The global economy remains shaky. The industrialized world, the U.S. included, has fallen deeply into debt. To maintain our… Read more »

‘INTENTIONAL GROWTH’ IN YOUR HR CAREER

Keeping with this theme, an excellent article by John C. Maxwell in a recent issue of Success magazine identifies the key factors in “intentional growth.” Here are my recommendations on using these factors to help yourself grow as an HR professional. Start today. Your power lies in the present. Although it’s important to create strategic… Read more »

1,500 HOURS OF YOUR LIFE … WASTED AWAY ON BUSYWORK

“Work can be a life-draining affair.” – Joseph Campbell Effective time management is essential if you wish to be a successful HR executive — and have a life at the same time. According to CEO surveys, when HR professionals focus their time on administrative and compliance duties (positions in which one is particularly likely to… Read more »

WATCH THOSE ATTENDANCE POLICIES!

Every month we receive dozens of calls from employers asking whether they can terminate an employee with an attendance problem. In most circumstances, they have every right to do so — especially if there’s a well-defined attendance policy and the company holds other employees to a similar standard. Employers get in trouble when the attendance… Read more »

EDITOR’S COLUMN: HR SURVIVAL

An excellent article in the October Backpacker Magazine discussed five emotional aspects of preventing deadly threats. Although the “threats” facing human relations professionals might not be as extreme as dangling from a cliff, we’re certainly guaranteed a turbulent future. Here’s how the five emotional intangibles in the article might apply to the survival of HR:… Read more »

IN DEBT? CREDIT LIFE INSURANCE CAN HELP

To stay afloat in today’s tough economy, millions of people are taking on more and more debt to pay for such items as home mortgages, car loans, college education, or credit cards. If you died unexpectedly, leaving your debts unpaid, your family would be left owing thousands or tens of thousands of dollars — unless… Read more »

HEALTH INSURANCE SQUEEZES BABY BOOMERS

The nation’s 76 million Baby Boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) need to prepare themselves for financial security in retirement — and that includes making wise decisions about their Health insurance needs. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) recommends that Boomers consider these options: Convert a Group Health plan. If you’re employed and have… Read more »

KEEP ASTHMA — AND LIFE INSURANCE COSTS — UNDER CONTROL

The most recent figures from the National Center for Health Statistics show that 18.6 million American adults (that’s one in 12) suffers from asthma, If you’re one of them, buying Life insurance can be costly — depending on the severity of your condition and your reaction to treatment. However, asthmatics with a good track record… Read more »

STAY SAFE ON THE FREEWAY!

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), of the more than 5.4 million auto accidents in the U.S. during 2010, 1.54 million resulted in injuries, killing 32,788 Americans. Although improved vehicle design and tougher road safety standards have reduced these figures dramatically during the past two decades, they remind us of the need… Read more »