Category Archives: Human Resources

How to navigate controversial topics in the workplace

No matter where you go—school, sports, restaurants, parks—there’s likely someone that’s going to show up and have lots of opinions—many of them loud—about the current state of the world. They may dislike the policies of an elected official. They may think their choices should be everyone’s choices. They may disapprove of news, or people, or […]

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5 Tips for Effectively Handling Unmanageable Employees

Guest post by: Sally Keys After firing an employee for penning a controversial memo, tech giant Google has found itself under fire for an oppressive and demoralizing employee culture. With all of the unrest surrounding the company, other employers are now asking themselves how they can keep employees happy without compromising the integrity of their business. Instead […]

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5 Compelling Reasons to Hire an HR Consultant

This article originally appeared in HR Excellence Essentials. Anyone that has ever attempted an HR project internally, without experienced outside help, is nodding vigorously after reading the title of the post. HR projects are difficult, no two ways about it. If timelines aren’t followed, or checklist items fall through the cracks, the entire HR project […]

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How to Know It’s Time to Add an HR Department

With so many nascent companies experiencing rapid growth the past few years, the question of when it’s appropriate to create an HR department (and not rely on agencies or outsourcing) is on the horizon.  HR activities at startups are often reactive in nature instead of proactive. That leaves gaps in the system. Heather Huhman, career […]

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What is human resources development (HRD)?

Human resource development includes training an individual after he/she is first hired, providing opportunities to learn new skills, distributing resources that are beneficial for the employee’s tasks, and any other developmental activities. This set of processes within the HR department is critical to employee on-boarding and retention. Without proper training, employees can not succeed. Without […]

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Jobless Benefit Claims Drop Despite Slump in Hiring

The figures for Americans claiming unemployment benefits show a steep drop, despite predictions of an increase. This could suggest that the U.S. labor market is staying strong, regardless of the significant slowdown in job growth in March. Initial claims for unemployment benefits dropped by 1,000 to 234,000 for the week ending April 8, according to the Labor […]

As an HR Manager your list of tasks can be overwhelming.

The Ultimate List of HR Manager Tasks

Human Resources has evolved greatly over the past decade. The tasks of an HR department have grown in kind. Human resources touches all aspects of a business, from finance to operations to marketing. Your HR department handles performance, pay, change management, recruiting, admin, culture, and so much more. An HR Manager job description can at […]