Monthly Archives: January 2013

WHAT IS THE MISSION OF HUMAN RESOURCES?

How many of you have a mission statement for your work? Not a company one, but a personal one? Stephen Covey encouraged us to do this years ago, exhorting us to find that sweet spot where our personal mission statements and corporate mission statements come together. I believe that the most important corporate mission statement… Read more »

NON-COMPETE AGREEMENTS: CAN’T STOP ME NOW! – AT LEAST IN CALIFORNIA

Since the California Supreme Court decided¬†Edwards v. Arthur Anderson, 44 Cal 4th 937 (2008), state law has been that Labor Code Section 16600 invalidates agreements with provisions that restrain employees from engaging in competitive employment after leaving a former employer,¬†including non-solicitation agreements. An agreement that is void under Section 16600 might also violate California’s Unfair… Read more »

WISDOM ABOUT PEOPLE MANAGEMENT

I recently did a workshop for a group of CEOs at which the Chair asked the participants, “What single piece of wisdom have you learned about managing people?” Here are some of their responses: Don’t try to manage more than seven reports at a time. Be firm, but fair. Focus on the problem and not… Read more »

FIVE GREAT SURVEY QUESTIONS

In the excellent book,¬†Emotionomics, the author’s company conducted a survey asking employees these five questions Does your manager help with work? Do you feel that you’re part of a team? Are you informed about new job expectations? Are you aware of the company’s future plans? How do work changes make you feel about your job?… Read more »

EDITOR’S COLUMN: GET YOUR ‘BUT’ OUT OF THE WAY

I recently listened to a great interview with Dan Hardy and Sean Stephenson, author ofGet Off Your But. This guy has an amazing story. He’s all of 3 feet tall, wheelchair bound – and has become a YouTube sensation as a motivational speaker. Sean says that his life’s mission is to rid the world of… Read more »

HOW TO ACE YOUR LIFE INSURANCE MEDICAL EXAM

When you apply for Life insurance, you’ll need to undergo a medical exam that measures your height, weight, and blood pressure, collects blood and urine samples, and checks your general physical condition. The results will become part of your insurance application. Unfavorable results, such as a high blood pressure reading, will probably result in higher… Read more »

HEALTH CARE REFORMS: Rx FOR COLLEGE MEDICAL PLANS?

As the Affordable Coverage Act (ACA) is transforming the nation’s health care system from top to bottom, consumers are raising a wide variety of questions. For example, many college-age students, and their parents, might be wondering how these reforms will impact their need for carrying Health insurance through their schools. The answer: In most case,… Read more »

HAVE YOU CHECKED YOUR MIB FILE?

No, we’re not talking about what The Men in Black might have on you. The MIB Group keeps records of every applicant for an individual Life, Health, Critical Illness, Disability, or Long-Term Care policy to some 470 U.S and Canadian participating insurance companies during the past seven years. MIB (originally the Medical Information Bureau) maintains… Read more »

MORE BUSINESSES ENCOURAGING EMPLOYEE WELLNESS

A recent nationwide study found that a growing majority of businesses are providing financial incentives to workers who take part in health improvement and wellness programs. According to the Aon Hewitt 2012 Health Care Survey of more than 2,000 employers, nearly three in five (59%) gave employees cash to promote participation in these programs –… Read more »