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Want a Successful Career in HR?
You can follow these suggestions to create a successful career in Human Resources. Strike the appropriate balance between helping employees, influencing managers, and the nuts and bolts of HR. Here's how.

Want a Successful Career in HR?
You can follow these suggestions to create a successful career in Human Resources. Strike the appropriate balance between helping employees, influencing managers, and the nuts and bolts of HR. Here's how.

How to Annoy Your HR Manager
Want to annoy your HR Manager - or conversely, avoid behavior that will make your HR manager unhappy? Here are actions and behaviors that you really want to avoid.

Job Applicant Rejection Letter
Need a job applicant rejection letter? This sample will inform your applicants that they will not be invited for an interview and will not be considered further for the job.

Paid Time Off Employer Comparisons
These figures give you a general idea of the range of paid time off that various employers provide for employees. Compare them to your policies.

Do You Recommend Flexible Hours as Your Work Schedule for Employees?
Are you struggling with determining the best work schedule for your employees? Flexible hours will help you recruit and retain the best employees. Learn more about how to create an employee friendly work schedule.

Stumbles on the Way in Career Choice
Not everybody gets their career choice right the first time. But everyone can succeed where they're planted until they find a career they love. This employee doesn't. She succeeds and then fails - repeatedly.

5 Ways Gamification Can Improve HR Management
Want an interesting and fun way to work with employees to promote motivation, engagement, and retention? Consider using gamification in these five Human Resources processes.

Human Resources Outsourcing
Need to know how to approach HR outsourcing? Some HR functions are more effectively outsourced than others. Here are the steps to follow as you decide. See also what HR typically outsources.

How to Provide Feedback to Unsuccessful Job Candidates
Do you want to provide constructive feedback to your unsuccessful job candidates when they ask for it? You're not obligated to, but it is gracious and kind. Learn more about providing feedback with these ten tips.

Must Employers Tell Applicants Why They Weren't Hired?
Are you legally obligated to tell job applicants why they were not hired when you reject them for your open job? If not, what ethical and humane reasons might exist to talk with them?

Sample Employment Offer Letter
Need a simple, sample employment offer letter for every day use? Use this sample employment offer letter for most positions in your organization. This sample offer letter is written following verbal agreement on the terms and conditions of employment. This sample employment offer letter is most useful for beginning to mid-level positions.

Embrace Remote Working for Employees
Telecommuting creates problems that must be managed for the arrangement to work for both the employers and employees. Learn more about the challenges related to telecommuting employees.

Do Employers Have to Notify Applicants Who Were Not Hired?
Are you legally obligated to notify applicants who were not hired for your job? If not, what ethical and humane reasons to do so might exist? Find out.

Must HR Post Jobs Externally?
As an employer, do you need to post jobs externally before making a job offer to a candidate? The circumstances vary in public and private employment, and in the civil service. Find out more.

Should Employees Share Rooms?
The debate rages on. Should employees share rooms on business trips, attending training or conferences, or making sales calls? The answer for me is simple. See if you agree.

How to Communicate a Pay Raise
Need to know how to communicate a pay raise to an employee? You'd think it would be a motivating experience for you both. It can be, but there are a few tricky issues to manage.

10 Simple Secrets of Great Communicators
Do you have coworkers who are great communicators? Want to share ten of their secrets? These tips will help you become a powerful communicator.

Why Middle Management Is Key to Your Companys Success
Do you utilize the talent of your middle management team? When you emplower and include them, they are encouraged to innovate and participate. Here are three tips.

4 Tips for Purchasing Holiday Gifts for Employees
Looking for a way to express your appreciation to employees during the holiday season and throughout the year? Consider giving employees a gift. Here are four tips about giving the right gift.

What Is Harassment?
Need to understand harassment at work? Employees can harass through actions, objects, communication, behavior, and even jokes and nicknames. Avoid harassment legal difficulties by knowing exactly what it is.

Watch Human Resources Videos
Want tips about how to perform more effectively as Human Resources staff, managers, and employees? Here are over 65 free videos for you to watch, learn from, and enjoy.

What Is Hourly to Salary?
Know what hourly to salary means in the business world? If you're offered the opportunity, here's what it is and what you need to consider. Learn more.

Alternatives to Employee Internet Monitoring
Monitoring your employees' Internet use can be perceived as a lack of trust and a negative commentary on your relationship with employees. Consider using these alternatives to monitoring.

Salary Increase Letter Sample
Need a sample salary increase letter? The letter confirms the manager's compensation discussion with the employee and documents the salary increase for the personnel file. See a sample letter.

How to Respond to a Request for Feedback for a 360 Review
Want to know how to respond to a manager's request for feedback for a 360 review? How you respond to the request can make all the difference in a manager's ability to provide your coworker with effective feedback for improvement.

Sample Thank You Letter for Going Above and Beyond
Want to recognize an employee who went above and beyond his job description to contribute? Here's a sample thank you letter that should accompany any monetary award to reinforce the recognition.

Interview Questions to Assess Conflict Resolution Skills
Need job interview questions that you can ask prospective employees to help you identify their conflict resolution skills? Use these sample interview questions.

Employee Pay for Snow Days, Rain Days, and Emergencies
Know what your legal obligations are about paying your employees when you experience a rain day, snow day, or other emergencies that impact your business? Here are the rules you need to follow and a recommendation.

How to Make Your Recognition Program Successful
Want to know how to make your employee recognition program successful? Employers use informal and formal recognition processes for employees. These tips are for your formal recognition program.

How to Pursue a Career Change in HR?
Want to further develop your Human Resources career by transitioning into a different role in HR? Pigeon-holed in one department, you want to work as a generalist. Here are your first steps.

How to Pursue a Career Change in HR?
Want to further develop your Human Resources career by transitioning into a different role in HR? Pigeon-holed in one department, you want to work as a generalist. Here are your first steps.

How to Disagree - Effectively
Are you concerned about damaging your work relationships if you don't disagree with care? Coworkers are easy to alienate if you don't know how to disagree - respectfully. Here's how.

How to Become an HR Authority Figure
Are you interested in promoting as an HR authority figure? It can drive your career forward, magnify your brand as an expert, enhance work relationships, and garner respect from your peers. Here's how.

How to Promote Women in Leadership Roles
Want to understand some of the challenges that women face in the workplace? The more organizations can overcome them, the more leadership success women will experience at work. Find out more.

How to Disagree with Your Boss - and Thrive
Worried about disagreeing with your boss? You can disagree with your boss. It's safer if you've done these 10 things in preparation for the eventual disagreement. Know that disagreement is necessary.

How to Manage an Employee Performance Challenge
Want to see a response to a reader who asks how to manage an employee who ignores her requests, challenges her authority, and is not accountable? Find out how you can manage this employee who is a performance challenge.

What Seniority Means at Work
Need to understand the role of seniority in the workplace? Seniority is sometimes recognized and rewarded. Other times - it's not. Find out more about seniority.

What Are Incentives at Work?
There are four key ways to provide incentives to employees in the workplace. Here's why you might want to use incentives.

What Is Integrity - Really?
Want to understand the full implications of integrity - or a lack thereof - in the workplace? Integrity forms the foundation for all relationships and teams. It forms the foundation of trust for managers and executives. Learn more.

Sample Sympathy Letter: Job Loss
Need a sample sympathy letter so that you can empathize with a colleague over losing his job Your coworker will want to know that you care and are offering help. See a sample job loss letter.

What Is a Salary History?
There are advantages and disadvantages to an employer who requests a salary history from job candidates. Find out what they are.

Salary Requirements
Salary requirements are a critical decision factor governing whether an employee accepts a proferred job. Find out more.

9 Reasons Why You Need to Love the Job You Have
Do you hate your current job? Maybe turning that around is in the best interest of your emotional health and well being. Here's why it's impportant to love the job you have.

Best HR Articles of 2012
Would yoou like to know what my readers have made most popular on the site in 2012? Of the articles I've added in 2012, these are the readers' favorites.

How to Hire an Employee Videos
Need tips about how to hire an employee? These videos focus on steps in hiring from job description to job offer. Watch the videos.

The Downside of Hiring Generation Y
Want to know the downsides of hiring and working with Gen Y employees? There are a lot of both. Find out more about managing the downside.

What Is Change Management?
Want to know more about change management? It's an essential skill in today's ever-changing workplace. Every employee needs to be a change manager.

What Is Change Management?
Want to know more about change management? It's an essential skill in today's ever-changing workplace. Every employee needs to be a change manager.

What Is Business Attire?
Do you understand what constitutes professional business attire in your workplace? You can find out here.

Employee Food Choices at Work
Are you interested in providing employees with healthier food options? You should be to promote employee wellness, but there are recommended ways to approach the topic. Find out.

How to Reestablish Your Dress Code Policy
Policy implementation fails when the organization doesn't see a need for the policy. Dress code policies are particularly vulnerable because they invade employees' personal space. Find out how to re-introduce the policy.

Creative Staffing at Legoland
Interested in creative example of an employer's staffing practices? Here's how Legoland, Chicago, filled their Master Lego Builder position.

How Employers Are Managing Health Care Reform and Its Uncertainty
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has left employers with a great deal of confusion. While most employers support health care reform, this Act is so convoluted that employers are struggling to know what it means for them and their employees.

Your Favorite HR Articles of 2012
Interested in what was the most popular from the articles published on the Human Resources site in 2012? Here are readers' additional four favorite articles.

5 Tips for New HR Professionals
Here are five tips from a former IBM Human Resources professional who is now working at a university teaching HR. These are olid, practical success tips from a seasoned professional for new HR staff. (And, a good reminder for the rest of us.)

20 Ways Zappos Reinforces Its Company Culture
Are you interested in how Zappos supports its quirky corporate culture? One of its values is being a little bit weird. Find out more.

Honor the Social Media Privacy of Job Searchers
Do you ask for prospective employees' social media passwords to do background checking? Some employers are and I don't recommend this practice. Find out more.

What Is Talent Management - Really?
Think that talent management is just another example of HR jargon? Think again. It's the commitment of your organization to recruit, hire, and retain superior employees. Learn more about what it entails.

Fraternization Policy Sample
Interested in a fraternization policy for your workplace? Most employers don't discourage friendships or romance among coworkers unless the employees report to each other. See a sample dating policy.

Meeting Agenda
A successful meeting depends on how well you plan the meeting and the agenda is the output of your planning. Find out how to develop an effective meeting agenda.

Meeting Minutes: What Are Meeting Minutes?
Meeting minutes are critical when you want to make your teams and meetings successful. Find out what they are.

Meeting Leader: Roles and Responsibilities
Find out what a meeting leader does before, during, and after a meeting to ensure successful meetings. The meeting leader is a powerful factor in their success.

Are You an HR Dinosaur?
Does your HR department have practices that should be as extinct as dinosaurs? In fact, are you or your department HR dinosaurs? In case you are, here are five nominees for extinction.

Interview Rejection Letter
Here's a sample rejection letter to send following an interview with a candidate whom you want to apply again. Not the most qualified for this job, you'd like them to consider your jobs in the future.

Nonverbal Communication in the Workplace
Want to know how to observe and use nonverbal communication to more effectively communicate at work? These tips about nonverbal communication will help you accomplish this desirable goal. Learn more.

6 Tips to Speed Up Hiring
Want tips about how to speed up hiring? These six tips will help your recruitment move more quickly. See how.

18 Critical Factors to Improve Employee Satisfaction and Engagement
To improve employee satisfaction and employee engagement, you need to know what to improve. The annual Society for Human Resources Management employee survey pinpoints the factors that employees have selected as important in their job satisfaction and engagement in their workplaces.

Top 10 Ways to Encourage Employee Work Balance
As an employer, you can make decisions and create policies that support your employees in their pursuit of balance in their work and life. Here are ten top ways to encourage employee work balance.

Satisfaction Survey: Make Surveys Successful
Interested in whether your employees are challenged, motivated, and happy in your work environment? You might want to conduct a satisfaction survey to determine the factors that are adding to or defeating your efforts to recruit, retain, and recognize your best employees. Find out more.

Your Top 10 Favorites of 2011
These were the top 10 articles on the HR site in 2011 as read by readers. See if your favorites made the list.

6 Top Hiring Process Trends
Are you interested in knowing six trends that are affecting your hiring process or should be - in 2012 and beyond? Six trends are described that employers need to be aware of and make changes to their hiring processes to avoid problems.

Floating Holiday: Employer Considerations
Employees appreciate a floating holiday and you honor diverse religious and holiday occasions by providing one. Here are the details you need to offer a floating holiday.

40 Ways to Say Thank You at Work
Want to make coworkers and employees feel good about their jobs and being at work? Here are 40 ways to say thank you at work.

How to Write a Sympathy Letter
Use a sympathy letter when you want to caringly respond to employee grief and bereavement. This sympathy letter template and sample sympathy letter give you all you need.

40 Ways to Say Thank You at Work
Want to make coworkers and employees feel good about their jobs and being at work? Here are 40 ways to say thank you at work.

Simple, Sample Dress Codes for Business Attire
Here's a sample, simple business attire policy for the formal workplace, the business casual workplace, and the casual workplace. The policy gives brief guidelines for appropriate business attire at work.

Social Security Number
Your social security number is unique to you. Find out what you need to know about a social security number.

Sample Reference Letter
Would you like a sample reference letter? This sample reference letter gives you an example so that you can easily write your own reference letters.

Want to Adapt Your Management Style?
Want to know more about the management styles that you can use in your interaction with the employees who report to you? Your management style depends on the situation, the employee, the relationship you have with the employee, and more. Find out more about choosing your management style.

Jury Duty
Interested in what employers do when an employee is called to jury duty? Since jury duty is mandatory, it is a benefit offered by employers who provide paid leave for jury duty. Learn more about jury duty.

Net Pay
Want to know the difference between net pay and gross pay? Gross pay is your total pay, but net pay is what you end up paying an employee in a paycheck. Here's a definition for net pay.

Gross Pay
Gross pay is the amount of money that the employer pays an employee before any tax and other deductions are taken out of an employee's paycheck. Find a definition for gross pay.

5 Dumb Things Managers Do
Some supervisory behaviors that managers exhibit are so obviously dumb that you'd think managers would know without being told. This is not the case, however. Managers repeatedly make these same mistakes when they lead and manage employees. Find five dumb things that managers do.

Payroll Taxes
Want information about payroll taxes? This resource helps the beginning employer or Human Resources staff understand and deduct payroll taxes, a legl obligation for employers. Learn more.

5 More Myths About Managing Millennials
Management myths about managing millennials - unless busted - will undermine your ability to harness their most significant contributions. Learn more.

How Stories Strengthen Your Work Culture - or Not
Do work stories play a role in shaping and reinforcing your company culture? If not, they should. Employees tell stories that illuminate the environment you provide for people at work. Does your work culture inspire the environment that will bring you success?

Have You Held a Difficult Conversation?
Have you held a difficult conversation with a reporting employee or peer? Difficult conversations can be tough to hold. They stretch your ability to communicate and provide feedback and they may test your conflict resolution skills. Readers share how they handled difficult conversations.

Meaningful Quotes Ice Breaker
Need an ice breaker that is quick to put together and based on material that you already have? The meaningful quotes ice breaker will spark discussion and lead your meeting participants directly into the topic of the meeting. Find out more.

What Is Social Media?
Social media allow employers to recruit and background check online. They can build their company brand and their reputation as an employer of choice. Find out more.

Excused Absence Definition
Want to know when being absent from work is okay? Find out when employee absences are excused.

Personnel Management
Personnel management refers to the functions that Human Resources staff perform relative to the organization's employees. Personnel management is an older term that is falling into disuse in modern organizations. Find out more about personnel management.

Have a Training or Speaking Story You'd Love to Tell
If you've presented training classes, attended training classes, or spoken to groups, you've experienced a funny, poignant, ah-ha, serious, sad, introspective, or learning moment. You may even have experienced a life-changing, work-changing, relationship altering event. I've shared a couple of my training stories and my speaking stories. Won't...

What Is Culture?
Want a solid definition of what employees are talking about when they discuss your workplace culture? Culture is the work environment that you supply for employees. Employees are motivated and most satisfied when their needs and values are consistent with those manifested in your workplace culture. Find out more about culture.

Resistance to Change Definition
Are you dealing with resistance to change in your workplace? Managing it is challenging since it can be covert or overt, organized or individual. However resistance to change happens, it threatens the success of your venture. Find out more.

Example Termination Letter for Cause
Need another example termination letter for cause? This example termination letter notifies an employee of his employment termination because of attendance problems. See more example termination letters.

How to Reduce Resistance to Change
Resistance to change is a natural reaction when employees are asked, well, to change. Change is uncomfortable and requires new ways of thinking and doing. You can reduce resistance to change by the actions you take and how you involve the employees who will be asked to change. You can reduce employee resistance to change by taking these actions.

Keys to Employee Satisfaction
Employee satisfaction at work has decreased significantly in the past twenty years and I predict employee satisfaction will get worse in the next few years. A combination of events is creating a perfect storm affecting employee satisfaction. A generation of employees who feel entitled to employee satisfaction has entered the workforce and...

Sample Dismissal Letter for Poor Performance
Need a sample dismissal letter to use to fire an employee for poor performance? If your poor performance data is solid, you may use this letter as your guide.

Assess Job Fit When You Select Employees
Looking for information about job fit? It's a significant factor in whether employees thrive in their jobs. Without the right job fit, an employee will never experience as much happiness and success as he deserves at work. He'll never achieve his true potential. Employers need to be as concerned about job fit as cultural fit. Here's why.

Find a Letter of Termination for Cause
Here's a second example of a letter of termination for cause. This employee was misleading potential customers about his title and status within his organization. See an example of a letter of termination for a reason.

Reasons Why Teleworking Belongs in Your Future
Need information about the state of teleworking? You'll be surprised at how many employers allow it. Find out more about who's teleworking - and why it belongs in your future - now.

Does Your Workplace Inspire Motivation?
Want to know more about motivation at work? Motivation is that wonderful energy, drive, and excitement that employees expend when they are inspired to contribute. Motivation is tapped with goals, clear expectations, recognition, feedback, and encouraging management. Motivation flourishes in a positive employee and customer focused work culture....

Are You an Employer of Choice?
Do you work for an employer of choice? Better yet, are you an employer of choice? An employer of choice is an employer who offers a work culture and workplace environment that attracts and retains superior employees. These are the factors that go into an employer becoming an employer of choice.

Sample Layoff Termination Letter
When an employer lays off employees, the employees deserve to receive the termination information in a termination letter. Use this sample layoff termination letter to layoff employees with care and consideration.

Sample Letter of Termination for Cause
Need a sample termination letter that you can use when you fire an employee for a specific reason? Use this sample letter as a guide.

Job Plan Template
Need a template for an employee developed and owned job plan? Here's a format that you can customize, copy, and use as your employees develop job plans.

Sample Thank You Email
A thank you email from a company executive is a significant form of positive recognition for an employee. This sample thank you email recognizes the employee for charitable contributions on behalf of the company. This sample thank you email describes in detail that the executive attended the charitable event. As an attendee, he saw first hand...

Job Profile
A job profile describes the specific requirements of a job in less detail than a job description. The job profile is useful in recruitment, job postings, and for succinctly describing a job. Learn more.

Sample Thank You Emails
Thank you emails don't have to be long and involved. They just need to follow the guidelines for effective employee recognition so that they have maximum impact. Quick emails that thank an employee or coworker are treasured and make the recipient feel good. Here are several sample thank you emails that you can use as templates for your own.

Recognition Letters Samples for the Workplace
Want to provide recognition to employees who contribute meaningfully in your workplace? You can reinforce and make rcognition more powerful when you write a recognition letter to accompany your appreciation and praise. Find out more about recognition through employee letters.

Job Plan
Need an employee and company friendly way to keep employee job descriptions, goals, and plans up-to-date without Human Resources intervention? Consider a job profile plan. Find out more about a job plan.

Exit Strategy
Did you and your current employer form a bad match that is getting worse? They happen for reasons including company culture and management style. If so, seek an exit strategy.

How to Develop Your Emotional Intelligence
Can managers and other employees develop emotional intelligence? While some researchers believe that emotional intelligence is an inborn characteristic, others believe that emotional intelligence can be learned and strengthened. I belong to the can be learned and strengthened club because I have experienced many individuals who have enhanced...

Employee Records
Want to know what employee records to maintain as an employer? The employer maintains three employee record files for each employee. Additionally, the employer maintains other employee record files for all employees. See more about the employee records to retain.

Everything Ice Breakers
Ice breakers help you warm up a meeting or training session so that participants comfortably interact. Take a look at these tried and true ice breakers.

Emotional Intelligence
Have you ever known a manager who had poorly developed emotional intelligence? This manager has difficulty understanding the emotions that are communicated in every message by employees. A manager with a low EI capacity is also ineffective at uunderstanding and expressing his or her own emotions. But, the primary problem is the manager's...

Job Rotation: Keys to Successful Job Rotation
Want the keys to successful job rotation? Job rotation is a method used for employee development. Job rotation gives the employee the opportunity to develop skills in a variety of changing jobs. In job rotation, employees will make lateral moves the majority of the time, but job rotation can also involve promotion. Find out more about the real...

How to Make a Job Offer
Interested in knowing how many employers make a job offer? These are the steps employers use to offer their prospective employee the job.

Hostile Work Environment: What Makes a Work Environment Hostile?
What constitutes a hostile work environment? Some employees believe that a bad boss, an unpleasant work environment, or the lack of perks, privileges, benefits, and recognition can create a hostile work environment. But, the reality is that for a workplace to be hostile, certain legal criteria must be met.

What to Look for in Applicant Answers to Interview Questions About Cultural Fit
Do you hire employees based on your assessment of their answers to interview questions that seek to understand their cultural fit? If you don't, you are missing a critical opportunity to determine whether the prospective employee will work successfully in your company. If your candidate has the needed job skills and experience, this is not...

How to Deal With Rejection at Work
Have you experienced rejection at work? Being rejected is painful, but many instances of rejection are your opportunities for learning, too. Rejection sends a powerful message so you need to make sure that you are reading the right message into any rejection you experience. You can only accomplish these two tasks: learning and responding to the...

Empowerment Job Interview Questions
These sample job interview questions about empowerment will allow you to better assess your prospective employee's comfort level the management philosophy of empowerment.

Interview Questions to Assess Decision Making Skills
Need to assess your prospective employee's skill in decision making? Use these sample interview questions to determine his or her experience and skill.

Hiring Manager
Want to know more about the role of the hiring manager? The hiring manager's role, played appropriately, ends in a job offer to a potential new employee. Find out more.

Recommendation Letter Sample
Are you looking for a recommendation letter to use as a sample when you write your own? This sample will help you write recommendation letters that will promote the future of your valued employees.

Cultural Fit Interview Questions
Do you hire employees based on your assessment of their cultural fit? If not, you should be hiring based on cultural fit as demonstrated by their responses to these interview questions. Your most successful employees fit both the job and your workplace culture. Use these sample interview questions to find out.

What to Look for in Applicant Answers to Interview Questions
These sample answers to interview questions help you identify what you want to want to learn about your prospective employee during the job interview. See what to look for in their answers.

What Is Employee Motivation?
Want to encourage and inspire motivation? Motivation is an employees intrinsic enthusiasm about and drive to accomplish activities at work. Every employee has activities, events, people, and goals in his or her life that he or she finds motivating. So, motivation about some aspect of life exists in each person. The trick for employers is to...

10 Tips for Better Team Work
Have you ever wondered how some work groups exhibit effective team work and others remain dysfunctional for the life of the team? Effective team work is both profoundly simple and difficult at the same time. The factors that affect success in team work occur both within the team itself and in the work environment in which the team must function....

Support Take Your Coworker to Work Day
Wonder how a take your coworker to work day might be implemented in your organization as a form of internal training? Find out what it is and how it might help you.

Sample Employee Thank You Letter
Need a sample thank you letter for a great team and project leader? Here's a sample that will make the team leader feel rewarded and appreciated. Find out more.

Thank You Letters Samples for the Workplace
Want to thank an employee or a coworker for a job well done? Thank you letters samples give you guides for thanking employees, coworkers, managers, and friends for their contributions in the workplace. These thank you letters samples provide a wide range of examples about how to thank and recognize people at work.

Interview Questions to Assess Planning Skills
Need to assess the skills that your candidate has in planning? These sample interview questions about planning will help.

Four Tips to Reduce Turnover - Quickly
Turnover is expensive, disruptive, and impacts the morale of the remaining employees. Turnover is often preventable when an employer offers market driven compensation, better than average employee benefits, and a workplace culture that appreciates and engages employees. Turnover is occasionally not preventable, but with attention, reducing...

Phone Interviews Screen Applicants Prior to an Onsite Job Interview
A phone interview allows you to call your most promising job applicants prior to bringing them in for a job interview in your organization. The phone interview allows you to screen the applicant's skills, knowledge, experience, and salary expectations before you invest company time in onsite interviews. The phone interview saves company time,...

How to Encourage Attendance at Work
Attendance is critical in customer facing jobs. Poor attendance saps employee morale, costs employers overtime, disappoints customers and clients and reduces employee engagement. Poor attendance takes supervisory time and results in disciplinary action. You can manage employee attendance to reduce attendance problems. Here's how to encourage...

Cafeteria Plan Gives Employees Choices About Their Benefits
Looking for a way to customize your benefits plan to the needs of your individual employees? A cafeteria plan is an employee benefits plan that allows your employees to choose among a variety of options to create a benefits plan that best meets their needs and those of their family. In a cafeteria plan, an employee receives a certain number of...

Pitfalls to Avoid in Human Resource Recruitment
Are you aware of the pitfalls that can undermine your recruitment process and your opportunity to hire the most qualified employee? I've identified key points of failure. Find out more.

Resignation Letters Samples
Resignation letters samples give you ideas about how to professionally and gracefully resign from your job. These resignation letters samples are guides to use for the most common reasons why an employee might resign from his or her job. Use these resignation letters as samples when you decide to resign or are asked to write a resignation letter...

Service Award Rewards Employee Longevity and Loyalty
Service awards allow an employer to reward employees for their loyalty and commitment. Learn more about service awards.

Tap the Power of Internal Training
There are serious advantages to offering training internally rather than sending employees to offsite seminars and training classes. Find out how to tap the advantages.

5 Interview Red Flags for Employers
Do you know what you need to notice when you interview potential employees? Start with these five interview red flags and you'll enhance your chances of choosing great employees. These red flags will help you avoid bad choices.

Sample Basic Employee Introduction
You don't have to use a lot of words to write a basic employee introduction. Sometimes, time or other events preclude the opportunity to write an employee introduction that includes the background and experience of the new employee. It's better to write a basic introduction than to ignore the new employee joining your team. Here's a sample basic...

Why Deal With the Impact of Alcohol Use at Work?
How does alcohol use affect your workplace? Thinking, not much? Think again. Alcohol use has a huge impact on workplace productivity, attendance, and employee turnover. Surprisingly, the workplaces most often affected by alcohol use are small- mid-sized employers. Find out more about the impact of alcohol use, symptoms of alcohol use, and how...

Garnishment is the process of taking money from an employee's compensation to pay off a debt that the employee owes. The garnishment is usually the result of a court order. The employer is required to cooperate with a wage garnishment order. Find out more about garnishment.

Short List - Applicants on Your Short List Are Scheduled for Interviews
Short List - Applicants on Your Short List Are Scheduled for Interviews

Feeling Weary?
No matter how happy you are in your work or in your life, everyone occasionally feels weary. We're human, after all. You can combat weary feelings though, with these ten tips.

Welcome Letter Example
Want to get a jump on new employee onboarding and continue to build your relationship with your new employee? Use this welcome letter example to invite a new employee to meet with you prior to his or her start date. No pressure, really, but if the new employee is available, this meeting helps you welcome the new employee with an agreed upon...

How to Welcome a New Employee
Welcoming a new employee is more than making a company announcement and a boss assignment. Welcoming a new employee to give the new employee the best possibility of integrating successfully in your company requires a series of steps that start after your job offer is accepted. These welcoming steps for the new employee continue right into his or...

Before You Make a Job Offer: 7 Critical Factors
What are the key factors to consider, following candidate interviews, before you make a job offer? These seven critical factors will help you pick the right employee.

Employee Announcement Sample: Simple
Need a sample employee announcement? This sample announcement introduces the new employee, tells coworkers about her job, and provides location information. See the letter.

Your Best Excuses From Tardy Employees
Have stories to tell about excuses employees make when they're tardy for work? I've heard lots of strange, fabricated, wild, crazy excuses about why employees are tardy for work. One of my best excuses ever was the afternoon shift employee who was tardy for work and claimed that her grandfather's funeral had run much longer than expected -...

Paid Personal Days
Paid personal days are time off from work that an organization voluntarily provides employees as a benefit. The number of paid personal days is often accrued by employees based on years of service to the organization and the level of their position. Other companies, however, keep paid personal days simple - every employee receives the same...

You Can Garner Great Employee Referrals
54% of the companies that participated in a recent Towers Watson survey reported problems attracting employees with critical skills, despite the high unemployment rate. Of the surveyed companies, 37% report having trouble hiring top-performing employees. You can overcome the shortage of top performing employees when you create a work culture...

Candidate Rejection Letter Sample
Looking for a sample candidate rejection letter? Your candidates appreciate receiving official notification from organizations in which they invested the time to apply and interview. Use this sample candidate rejection letter as a base for developing your own candidate rejection letters.

Employee Referral Program
Want to tap into the power of an employee referral program? A referral program that emphasizes potential employee referrals from current employees is a method employers use to find superior employees. In this age of online social media and social networking, a referral program has even broader potential to locate qualified candidates. With or...

ZipRecruiter.com for Recruiting Employees Online With a Single Job Posting
ZipRecruiter.com enables employers to post to multiple free job boards with one job posting. Candidates from all job boards come into one place where the hiring manager can review the resumes online, apply ratings, and make notes. Recruiting employees with one job posting online is ZipRecruiter.com's claim to fame.

Employee Engagement - Create a Work Environment That Encourages Employee...
Does your workplace encourage employee engagement? It probably doesn't, but should. Engaged employees produce the best results. Learn more.

Rejection Letter Sample
Do you need a sample rejection letter to send to unsuccessful applicants for your jobs? Here is a simple, standard rejection letter for applicants you choose not to interview. As a courtesy and to emphasize your position as an employer of choice, you want to send a rejection letter. While many employers skip this step, this rejection letter...

Mission Is What You Do
A mission is your expression of what it is that your organization does. Your mission tells a customer, employee, shareholder, vendor or interested job candidate exactly what you are in business to do. Learn more about what a mission is at it relates to corporate or organizational strategic planning.

Vision Is Your Desired Future
A vision is a picture of your organization's desired future expressed in a way that resonates with all members of the organization. The vision is shared with employees, customers, shareholders, vendors, and candidates for employment and creates shared meaning about what your organization wants to become. Learn more about what a vision is at it...

Rocking, Rolling Ice Breaker Questions
Are you looking for a quick, no preparation ice breaker to use in a variety of training, meeting, and team building sessions? My ice breaker questions will break the ice and engage your participants. Guaranteed.

Thinking about an employment resignation to renew, revitalize and reshape your career? This resource will help you effectively resign from your current job. You don't want to proffer your resignation without a for sure new offer in hand. But, when you do decide to offer your employment resignation, this information will help.

Merit Pay Rewards Performance
Merit pay has advantages for the employer and the employee. Find out more about why you might want to consider merit pay and how it is being paid to employees.

Why Shine at an Internal Interview?
The internal job interview serves many purposes. The employer holds an internal job interview to assess the skills and experience of a current employee. The internal job interview can be so much more than just a job interview, though. Here's frequently asked question about internal job interviews. You might want to solicit opportunities to...

How to Handle Pay and a Resignation?
We had an employee resign in a resignation letter and offer two weeks' notice. The employee's resignation was welcome and we indicated that his services would end that same day. When you suggest that the company pay for his time, does that mean the company pays for the additional two weeks time that was given as notice as if the employee had...

Resignation Letter: Happy to Resign
Sometimes your resignation brings you a sigh of relief. Perhaps your employer was awful and you are blessing your lucky stars to get out of there. Don't blow possible future opportunities, though, with a negative resignation. Keep your resignation positive and upbeat. Don't leave a negative impression with your resignation letter in your...

Getting the Best Benefit From Your Employee Benefits?
Is your employee benefits package giving you the payback you deserve in increased employee appreciation and satisfaction? Chances are, your employee benefits are not. Employees only understand and appreciate part of the employer's cost of the employee benefits they receive. Learn more about the types of employee benefits available from employers...

Tips for Hiring Superior Employees
Hiring superior employees ensures that your organization has the talent onboard that it needs to succeed in accomplishing your mission and vision, and attaining long term profitability. Dan Erling, author of the book, MATCH: A Systematic, Sane Process for Hiring the Right Person Every Time, asks, "Why is it that so many companies accept mediocre...

Thoughtful Team Builder Ice Breakers
Looking for a way to build your team quickly and effectively as part of your regular meetings and training sessions? These team builder ice breakers fit the bill. Use team builder ice breakers to help you create a meeting or training environment that fosters communication. Thoughtful team builders help participants know each other's values and...

Create Value With Human Resource Measures
Are you interested in how to measure the impact of Human Resources leadership, management, actions, policies, and assistance in your organization? A significant component of your Human Resource business planning is identifying what Human Resources measures to collect. When you consider measuring the performance of your Human Resource department,...

Resignation Letter Example
Interested in seeing a resignation letter example so that you can resign from your job without burning any bridges? You can successfully resign from your job by using this resignation letter example. You will want to customize this resignation letter example to match your individual circumstances when you resign from your job.

How to Deal With People at Work
If you've worked successfully for more than a couple of years, you've mastered much of the art of how to deal with people at work. Maybe you've not yet figured out how to deal with your especially difficult coworkers and bosses, but you know how to deal with the every day people at work. You've tips to share about what actions and behaviors work...

Why Organizations Need to Provide Job Shadowing for On-the-Job Training?
Know why job shadowing is a critical, yet underused, option for employee on-the-job training? See how it can help your employees learn and succeed.

Job Shadowing
Are you interested in job shadowing at work? It's an effective way to learn about what other employees do. Find out more about job shadowing.

How to Find a Human Resource Job
Want to be ready to move from your current job to a job and career in Human Resources? These 10 tips give you the needed activities, networking advice, and preparation to be ready to accept a job offer for an HR job.

10 Tips for Dealing With People
No matter your job or your workplace, dealing with people effectively is a must for success. Dealing with people successfully will make work more fun and inspiring. Dealing with people is both a joy and a challenge. But, dealing with people successfully is the most significant factor determining whether you have the influence to accomplish your...

Rejection Letter
Do you need a candidate rejection letter that you can use in your organization to let candidates know that they were not selected for the job? This rejection letter tells your candidate professionally and kindly that another candidate was selected. Use this rejection letter to mark your position as an employer of choice. See a sample rejection...

Job Classification - What Is Job Classification
Job classification is a system for objectively and accurately defining and evaluating the duties, responsibilities, tasks, and authority level of a job. The job classification, done correctly, determines the relative compensation for a job, so it is critically important to employees that job classification is fair and equitable. Find out more...

What Is a Workplace?
Need to know what a workplace is and how it relates to employees? Find out about the workplace.

Employer - What Is an Employer?
Do you know what an employer actually is? The joys and tribulations of being an employer are explored. Find out more about being an employer from an employer's perspective.

What Is a 360 Review?
Want to know more about 360 review and how it can help your organization's employees improve their work performance? Here are the basics about 360 feedback.

What Is Employment?
Employment is an agreement between an employer and an employee that the employee will provide certain services on the job. What else does employment mean?

Sample Thank You Letter From Supervisor
A thank you letter from an employee's supervisor is a treasured form of positive recognition. Who knows better than the supervisor about the employee's job performance? So, no one is in a better position to write a thank you letter than the supervisor. Here's a sample thank you letter from a supervisor. Use the sample thank you letter as a...

Payroll File Contents
An employee personnel file is an employers’ saved documentation of the history and status of the entire employment relationship with an individual employee. The employer maintains this employment documentation in a personnel file for three reasons. Multiple personnel files are maintained for each employee. Learn more.

Common Mistakes in HR Practices - Common Mistakes in HR Practices
Everyone who works in Human Resources makes mistakes at one point or another in their HR practices. I'm not sure I've ever dealt with an HR question that didn't involve mistakes in HR practices. Common mistakes, too, since they cross my desk repeatedly. Between changes in employment law, supporting company initiatives, and walking the fine line...

Job Offer Samples
The job offer is the culmination of all of the work and employee time you have invested in your hiring process. You have selected the candidate you want to hire and the job offer formalizes the terms and conditions under which you will employ the individual. Generally negotiated in advance of the final, formal job offer, vrbally or in writing,...

Signing Bonus
A signing bonus is a lump sum of money that an employer provides a prospective employee. The purpose of the signing bonus is to entice the applicant to sign-on with the employer’s organization. The signing bonus is most often used with executive level positions or to recruit employees with special, hard-to-find skills. The signing bonus is also...

Insurance Continuation
The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) set forth regulations that give employees and their families, who lose their health benefits because of unemployment, the right to choose to continue group health benefits provided by their group health plan. These health care benefits may be extended for limited periods of time under...

Business Presentation Tips - Readers Share Their Business Pre…
Whether you're new to business presentation or you've been making business presentations for years, you have tips to share. What works for you when you make a business presentation? What didn't work for you when you made a business presentation?sentation? Did anything strange, funny, or enlightening happen to you or your audience during your business presentation? Readers share their business pr…

Samples of Thank You Letters
Looking for samples of thank you letters that the employer, employees, coworkers, managers, and supervisors can write to thank employees and coworkers and provide recognition in the workplace? Here are samples of thank you letters for every work and workplace occasion and situation. Use these samples of thank you letters as a tool to guide your...

What comprises compensation? Find out with this definition.

Need to understand the concept of salary? It's part of an employee's compensation package. Learn more.

Readers Share Stories About Their Worst Job - Ever
At some point in most careers, you will have had a job that you hated. No matter whether your worst job offered you lousy or distasteful work, a boss you hated, or coworkers who constantly undermined you or complained, you remember the job as your worst job - ever. Perhaps the company was archaic or the company's mission just did't appeal to you as important or exciting. Whatever your reason, the…

Business Presentation Skills
Have you ever felt like a rock star? Even just for a minute? It's a heady experience and it feels as if the moon and stars were perfectly aligned to support the successful moment. If you make business presentations, speak to groups, or provide training classes, you may have experienced speaking moments when all of the pieces came together...

Key Points About Open Enrollment for Benefits
To get the most out of open enrollment and their benefits, employees must fully understand the benefits their employer provides. Find out what employers need to do so that employees select appropriate benefits for their situation.

How Managers Motivate Employees
What can managers do to motivate employees? The reality, when you talk about how to motivate employees, is that employees are motivated. The manager's challenge is to figure out how to tap into that motivation to accomplish work goals. Fortunately, he or she controls environmental factors that are key in motivating employees. Find out more...

Medicare Tax
Looking for a basic definition of the medicare tax? Your employer has to withhold it. Learn more.

How Do You Celebrate Holidays in Your Workplace?
Many workplaces celebrate annual holidays. Over time, as you celebrate annual holidays in your workplace, you form traditions and give employees fodder for stories about their workplace. These stories and the photos from the annual events help form the company culture, the environment you provide for people at work. Employees like to celebrate holidays in the workplace. If you involve them in cre…

Paths to Careers in Human Resources
People take many paths on their way to careers in Human Resources. Everyone has a story about how they planned for or transitioned into careers in Human Resources. Won’t you take a few minutes and share your path to a career in Human Resources? Careers in Human Resources are popular reading on this Human Resources site.

Readers Share Stories About Their Good Boss
Nothing gets people more worked up than sharing stories about bad bosses. Bad bosses are legend and they impact worldwide workplaces in ways that are tough to quantify. But, bad bosses are key to lower productivity, unmotivated employees, and a failure to retain employees. My good boss, on the other hand, provides an environment in which employees succeed because they are informed, excited, learn…

Office Party Blunders
I've covered the seven most common office party blunders. Now, your experience of office party blunders will be most interesting and illuminating for other readers. There are bad behavior blunders at the office party, but there are also missed networking and schmoozing opportunities at the office party. Share your experience.

Performance Improvement - Performance Improvement for Managers
You've worked hard to help a manager with performance improvement, but the manager is failing at your suggestions for performance improvement. At what point do you decide that you’ve had enough? The manager is not improving and, based on your coaching experience, you don’t have faith that they can or will. The manager’s potential to negatively impact other employees and your organization is…

Research Candidates Online - Do You Research Prospective Empl…
The use of social and professional networking sites online to research and background check prospective employees and employees is increasing. So is the use of search engines such as Google. And employers are making hiring decisions based on the information they find. Is this right? Or, is the practice discriminatory and unethical. Do you...

10 Tips for Hiring the Right Employee
Hiring the right employee is a challenging process. Hiring the wrong employee is expensive, costly to your work environment, and time consuming. Hiring the right employee, on the other hand, pays you back in employee productivity, a successful employment relationship, and a positive impact on your total work environment. Hiring the right...

Team Culture and Commitment
Commitment is one of the critical factors in building an effective teamwork environment in your workplace. Employees must want their team to succeed. Find out more.

Team Culture and Clear Expectations
Clear performance expectations are a critical factor in developing a teamwork culture. Whether your goal is a project team, your departmental team, or a sense of teamwork company-wide, team members must understand why and what.

Job Specification Sample: Human Resources Director
This sample job specification for a human resources director provides an example of a job specification. See a sample job specification for a human resources director that describes education, experience, characteristics, skills, knowledge, and an overview of the job requirements.

What Is the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)?
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is charged with protecting the interests of employees, job searchers, and retirees. Learn more about its employer guidelines and regulations.

What Is the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)?
Would you like to know what the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is charged with doing? It's often not the employer's best friend. But, sometimes reason rules. Learn more.

Job Specification Sample: Marketing Manager
This sample job specification for a marketing manager provides an example of a job specification. See this sample job specification for a marketing manager.

Confidentiality Agreement
What's a confidentiality agreement and how does it affect your relationship with your workplace? Find out.

Manufacturing Dress Code
A collection of images displaying a Manufacturing Dress Code, including casual-type clothes to be worn in a light manufacturing or industrial work place.

Smart Casual Dress Code
A collection of images displaying a Smart Casual dress code, including a variety of different options for men and women in a Smart Casual workplace.

Non Disclosure Agreement
A written, legal document that may protect your employer's interests is often required before employment. Find out more.

Non Compete Agreement
A non compete agreement is a written legal contract between an employer and employee. Find out more.

What Is Bullying?
Bullying at work is intentionally causing pain to or harming another employee. Bullying takes many forms: verbal abuse from swearing to belittling, physical abuse from standing too close in a threatening manner to punching, mental abuse from undermining a coworker’s work to keeping track of and reporting mistakes. Bullying is characterized by a...

Best Practices in a 360 Review
Interested in how to most effectively and successfully ask for and provide 360 review feedback for a coworker? Find sample questions, areas for consideration, decisions to make and more.

How to Ask for a Pay Raise in a Tough Economy
How do you ask for a pay raise when your company has put most pay raises on hold this year? Or, what if your employer is offering a 2% pay raise across the board, and you believe you have earned more? The answer? It depends. If pay raises are on hold, keep in mind that you risk looking like you’re not a team player when you ask for a pay raise...

Employment Contract
Need to understand the use and meaning of an employment contract? Find them here.

Share Your Goals
You've set some goals. Please take a moment to share your current goals.

Have You Been Bullied or Witnessed Bullying at Work
Bullying ended on the middle school playground - right? Wrong. Bullying at work is a serious problem that 54 million Americans have experienced. Have you been bullied or witnessed another employee dealing with bullying at work? What happened and how did you respond to the bullying at work?

5 Ways Leaders Help Minimize Employees Wasting Time at Work
It may not be their fault if your employees waste time at work. Time wasting starts with the direction and work environment that leaders and employers provide. Here are five ways to minimize employee time wasting.

Coaching: Use Employee Coaching to Improve Performance
The first step in any effort to improve employee performance is coaching. Find out more about how to coach employees.

Speed Meeting Icebreaker
Looking for an ice breaker that will allow training class participants to make connections with fellow participants quickly? This speed meeting ice breaker will help your participants connect.

Fire an Employee - What Is the Best Day to Fire an Employee and Why
Details employers have considered when firing an employee have changed in recent years due to online resources. Employers believed that it was unkind to fire an employee on Friday because the employee would be unable to weekend job search. The times they are a’changing, but some things never change. It’s still important to develop a solid...

All About Work Schedules
Employees' work schedules vary from full time to part time to job shares. All work schedules have one thing in common; the employee is doing work required by an employer. Today's employers understand that flexibility is what employees require in their work schedules. If they don't, employers should beware. You'll lose your best employees to an...

How to Resign From Your Job
When you resign from your job, you terminate or end your employment. You can resign in a way that reinforces your professional image and keeps current employer relationships positive. You can resign and keep doors open for future opportunities by building, not destroying, relationships with colleagues and customers. Use these tips to effectively...

Tips to Achieve Work-Life Balance as a Parent
Want tips about how to balance your job with your responsibilities as a parent? You can help your child feel secure and cared about while you work. Find out how.

Clear Performance Expectations in Team Building
Do your employees know what you expect from them? Clear expectations are critical for the team's success.

IRS Mileage Reimbursement:
Many companies use the IRS mileage reimbursement rate to reimburse employees for travel miles. It's accepted and many taxpayers use it to determine expenses for deductible miles. Find out more.

Job Share
A job share occurs when two employees cooperatively share the same job. There are advantages, disadvantages, challenges, and opportunities when employees job share. As an employer, a job share can benefit both the employee and you. Find out how.

New Employee Welcome Letter Sample 2
Here's a simple, sample welcome letter for new employees. This letter serves just one purpose. You are welcoming your new employee to your organization. See the letter.

What Is a Part Time Employee?
Did you know that the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not define what is a part time employee? So the definition is up to the employer. Find out more and see what employers need to do.

An employee collects a paycheck in exchange for working for an employer. Find out what else there is to know about paychecks.

Human Resources Command
Human Resources Command is a field agency under the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel. It is responsible for U.S. Army Human Resources programs, processes, and services. Learn more.

Why Organizations Do Employee Performance Evaluation
Are you a fan or foe of employee performance evaluation? Organizations have good reasons for doing them. But, the details about how the evaluation is done are the significant factors in its impact and success. Learn more.

Employment Letters
Do you need sample employment letters to guide the development of your own organization's letters? See sample job offers, welcome letters, rejection letters, and more.

Flexible Schedule
Are you interested in working a flexible schedule? Let's look at the options for a flexible schedule that a typical workplace offers. Learn more about flexible schedules.

Meet and Greet Meeting Ice Breaker for Lunch
Here's a fun ice breaker that warms up a group and enables participants at a meal to get to know each other quickly. I usually recommend ice breakers that bring participants into discussion about the content of a training or team building session. But, there is a place for a fun lunch meeting ice breaker whose only purpose is to help session...

Breaks and Lunch Requirements
Do you know what the rules are regarding employee breaks and lunch at work? No specific rules set times or frequency, but there are other requirements that you need to know.

Full Time Employee
The employer defines what constitutes a full time employee by policy in his or her company. Find out more.

Life and Family Challenges With Flexible Work Schedules?
Have you considered adopting flexible work schedules for employees to help with their life and family challenges? There are advantages for employers, too. Here are frequently asked questions (and answers).

How to Negotiate a Flexible Schedule
You can negotiate a flex schedule. But, you must negotiate with your employer's best interests and advantages at the forefront of your request. Find out how to negotiate.

Are You an Introvert in an Extrovert-Oriented Workplace?
Interested in how to function more effectively as an introvert in an extrovert-oriented workplace? Here are four tips you can use to flex your style from introvert to extrovert.

Employee Involvement Is Key in a Successful Employee Selection Process
Your employee selection process is a critical component of your business success. If yours is a company that values people as your most important asset, the asset that sets you apart from your competitors, your selection process is vital. Your selection process must be legal, ethical, transparent, documented, and involve current employees significantly. In a selection process with these attributes, job application review and phone screens for qualified applicants, are more important than ever.

How to Develop a Social Media Policy
Your prospective, current, and former employees, customers, and vendors are all hanging out on social media sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr. You need to monitor social media to learn what all of these stakeholders are sharing and saying about your company, your employees, and your workplace.

Employee Handbook - What Are the Contents of Your Employee Handbook?
What contents do you include in your employee handbook? These are the employee handbook contents recommended, but you are enouraged to add your thoughts about the contents of an employee handbook. Keep the discussion going.

Work-Life Strategies for Optimal Performance and Life Balance
You've experienced the challenges of balancing the needs of your work and life. Both work and life are becoming more complex so creating optimal work performance in combination with a balanced life is increasingly difficult. Employers are taking steps to assist employees to obtain balance in their work and life. But, balancing work and life is never easy even with employer sanctioned flexible wo…

Recognition Success Tips
This tip about reward and recognition will help you create a profitable business and develop the talented workforce you need for progress, resiliency and agility. You need solid criteria in place before providing recognition that involves money and rewards. Everyday recognition that shows appreciation needs nothing but your commitment to providing recognition. Learn more.

Paid Sick Days
Need to know more about paid sick days? They're a usually voluntary benefit that employers provide for employees. Find out more.

Shift Work
Shift work occurs in a work schedule that utilizes 24 hours in the day and occasionally, 7 days a week. Find out more.

Powerful Management Training
Management training develops employee strengths and their ability to contribute within your organization. A variety of management training is available in organizations – choices are endless. The management training can include internally supplied, customized for your company, ongoing management development. Management training can also...

Management Courses - What Other Management Courses and Opportunities …
I've suggested a number of management courses that managers need for success. What other types of training, management courses, and developmental opportunities do managers need to succeed in management? What developmental opportunities helped you to succeed? Suggest particular management courses and other developmental opportunities you think managers need.

Salary Negotiations
Salary negotiation is the process whereby the employer and the potential employee reach agreement on what the employee will be paid and how. Find out more.

WARN Act Requirements
The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act) offers: protection to workers, their families and communities by requiring employers to provide notice 60 days in advance of covered plant closings and covered mass layoffs. This notice must be provided to either affected workers or their representatives (e.g., a labor union) to...

Indeed.com for Recruiting
Indeed.com is a search engine for jobs that drives job searchers directly to jobs on corporate career websites, employee recruiting job boards, online newspapers, blogs, and association websites. Indeed.com searches thousands of websites that employers use for employee recruiting to post jobs and gives the job searcher a comprehensive list of...

Indeed.com for Recruiting
Indeed.com is a search engine for jobs that drives job searchers directly to jobs on corporate career websites, employee recruiting job boards, online newspapers, blogs, and association websites. Indeed.com searches thousands of websites that employers use for employee recruiting to post jobs and gives the job searcher a comprehensive list of...

At Will Employment
At will employment describes the employment relationship between employers and employees in almost every state. At will employment means that the Company does not offer tenured or guaranteed employment for any period of time. In at will employment either the Company or the employee can terminate the employment relationship at any time, with or...

Benefits are a form of compensation paid by employers to employees over and above the amount of pay specified as a base salary or hourly rate of pay. Benefits are a portion of a total compensation package for employees. A comprehensive, common set of benefits includes the following components.

What Is an Employee?
Interested in understanding what an employee is? Find out what constitutes an organization's relationship with an employee.

Develop an Employee Handbook
Your employee handbook should be comprehensive and have policies that put forth appropriate workplace behavior. Here is a table of contents for a handbook.

Employee of the Month
Employee of the Month is an organizational recognition that companies have used - both successfully - and unsuccessfully - for years. Learn more.

Before You Do a Workforce Reduction
Before you do a workforce reduction, you will want to consider other cost cutting options.

Swine Flu H1N1 Should Matter to Employers
Employers have a legal obligation to provide a safe, disease-free workplace for employees. Consequently, you need to take proactive steps to prevent the potential spread of any contagious disease, including Swine Flu H1N1, in your workplace. Employers also need to address business continuity in the event that a Swine Flu H1N1 outbreak affects...

Lactation Accommodation Policy
Need a sample lactation accommodation policy that allows you to enable breastfeeding moms to comfortably and safely express milk in your workplace? Here is background information and a sample policy.

Business Casual Dress Code
A collection of images featuring different options to fulfill a Business Casual Dress Code in an office environment, including a variety of images of business casual attire for both men and women.

Business Formal Dress Code
A collection of images that showcase a variety of Business Formal clothing options, including both Business Formal clothing options suitable for a formal work environment, for men and women.

Want to know all of the components that go into the recruiting of an employee? Here's a detailed definition of recruitment with common ways and steps. Find out more about recruitment.

Religious Discrimination
Religious discrimination is prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of l964. According to this Act, religious discrimination by the employer is forbidden in hiring, firing, and other terms and conditions of employment. The Act also requires employers to reasonably accommodate the religious practices of an employee or prospective employee.

Age Discrimination
Age discrimination is adverse work treatment of an employee based on a class or category that the employee belongs to – employees over age 40 - rather than on the employee's individual merit. Age discrimination is unlawful under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) of 1967.

What's Your Strategy for Keeping Your Job?
No matter your job or your industry, this year is a challenge for employment. In 2008, 48% of employers laid people off, according to a Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) survey cited at CNNmoney.com.

Temporary Employees
Temporary employees are hired to assist employers to meet business demands. Temps allow them to avoid taking on permanent expenses by expanding payroll. Learn more.

Work Sharing
Work sharing is an Unemployment Insurance (UI) program that allows an employer to reduce the number of hours an employee works during a week while unemployment compensation makes up some of the difference in income. So, if a company is experiencing less demand for its products and consequently fewer sales and down revenue, it can submit a plan...

Buyouts are a common method for reducing the number and cost of employees. In a buyout, the employer offers some employees or all employees the opportunity to receive a large severance package in return for leaving their employment.

What Is the Purpose of a Team?
The purpose for creating teams is to provide a framework that will increase the ability of employees to participate in planning, problem solving and decision making to better serve customers. Find out more about the purpose of teams.

Best Practices in Layoffs
Best practices in layoffs matter for the employees you lay off and the employees who survive the layoffs. Employee layoffs allow you to cut costs while preserving your relationship with your most critical employees. These are best practices of employers toward the employees they must lay off. Find out how to help the employees who survive the...

Self Evaluation
Want to encourage more participation in performance evaluation and career planning from employees? Does your company use a traditional performance appraisal system? Or, does your company pursue a forward thinking performance management process? Whatever method your company uses for employee performance development, consider making an employee...

Oganizational Chart
Need a visual communication tool that illustrates for employees and other stakeholders the reporting relationships in your organization? The organizational chart may be your answer.

Got the Layoff Blues?
Here's hope and help. Whether you're an employer dealing with downsizing and layoffs or an employee looking for a new work home, these resources will help. Find job search ideas and interviewing techniques. Learn how the best employers treat the survivors of their layoffs. Get in touch with your dreams; set your goals; we'll help you chart your...

The COBRA Subsidy and Alternative Healthcare Options
Providing COBRA and alternative healthcare options for departing employees assures your employees that you care about them. Although the COBRA subsidy makes COBRA a more tempting, less expensive alternative for some employees, others may be better served by private insurance options. Learn about the COBRA subsidy and how employees can find private insurance while limiting the employer’s risk, and slowing the increase in administration fees and costs in your corporate healthcare spending budget.

The Economic Stimulus Package and COBRA
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009 (the "Act") was signed into law on February 17, 2009. This new law dramatically affects employers whose group health plans are subject to COBRA, which includes virtually all employers with 20 or more employees. As an employer who is potentially impacted by this legislation, prompt attention must be paid to the substantial requirements under the Act and its affect on COBRA.

Ten Tips to Recession-proof Your Job and Career
Don’t bury your head in the sand and hope all of the potential threats to your job and career disappear. They won’t. Keep your ears tuned into your work grapevine; watch sales; observe your industry; keep a close eye on Washington; listen skeptically to your employer when you see problems not articulated. Now is the time to take steps to recession-proof your job and your career. You can recession-proof your job and career, but start soon, not later, to recession-proof your job and career.

What Is a Team?
Need to understand exactly what a team is and does in the workplace? There are several types of teams to consider when you form a team. Find out more.

Rejection Letter - Unqualified Candidate
Looking for a sample candidate rejection letter? The following is a sample rejection letter for a candidate who did not appear to be a good fit for the open position or for your company.

Employee Satisfaction
Employee satisfaction is the terminology used to describe whether employees are happy and contented and fulfilling their desires and needs at work. Employee satisfaction is often measured by anonymous surveys administered periodically that gauge employee satisfaction in areas such as management and teamwork.

Stages of Team Development
Traditionally, a team goes through five stages of development. Each stage of team development presents its own special challenges to a group of people striving to work together successfully by forming a cohesive team. The team and the organization can take specific actions at each stage of team development to support the teams success to...

What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Employee Furloughs?
Furloughs are mandatory time off work with no pay. Generally implemented by employers as a cost saving measure, there are advantages and disadvantages to the use of furloughs as an alternative to layoffs. Find out more about furloughs.

5 Steps to a Human Resources Software Technology System
Interested in a plan for finding an HR Software Technology system that fits your needs, budget, and organization's growth? These five steps will help you select.

The Human Resources Department As a Profitability Factor
Can you ask for profitability from your Human Resources department? You can ask your HR department for innovative business solutions and more that impact the business.

Human Resources Training and Success Tips
Human Resources training classes are available via email from the About.com Human Resources site. Take the free Human Resources training.

Ban Employee of the Month Recognition
Employee of the Month is an organization’s effort to recognize one employee’s achievements and contributions. But, it doesn't usually work. Here's why it should be banned.

Temporary Employees
Temporary employees are hired to assist employers to meet business demands. Temps allow them to avoid taking on permanent expenses by expanding payroll. Learn more.

In Danger of Getting Fired or Laid Off?
You can prepare yourself for your next layoff or employment termination before the meeting. Here's how to see getting fired coming and what to do to prepare.

How to Cope When Coworkers Lose Their Jobs
Youre sad, youre scared, and youre worried that your job might be the next to go. Youre also relieved, youre thankful, and you feel guilty that you still have a job. Youre suffering from the loss of your coworkers, and despite being a downsizing survivor, you feel a bit like a victim, too.

The HR Role in Promoting Corporate Social Responsibility
When companies are global, an important challenge in garnering success is to respect other cultures and workforce environments and start forming a global profile or social consciousness. Recognize these differences with a sound Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) plan that can simultaneously increase shareholder value, boost employee...

Employee Handbook
An employee handbook is a compilation of the policies, procedures, working conditions, and behavioral expectations that guide employee actions in a particular workplace. Employee handbooks generally also include information about the company, employee compensation and benefits, and additional terms and conditions of employment.

You Know You're in HR When...
Readers write to share the problems they experience with their HR department. The problems shared often involve a failure to communicate, a misunderstanding of employee confidentiality, or a less than satisfactory outcome in the mind of the person writing. Employees just don't get the multiple roles played by HR. Are you misunderstood, avoided, loved, feared?

Why Halloween Hi-jinx Should Frighten Employers
Halloween celebrations in the office are motivational and fun for employees. But, Halloween celebrations in the office also bring their own set of challenges for the employer. Although Halloween is meant to be a festive day, for some employers it could be more frightening than fun when employees celebrate Halloween in the office.

How to Handle an Employee Resignation
Are you familiar with the ins and outs of an employee resignation? These are the steps you'll want to take when an employee resigns.

How to Select Human Resources Information Technology
HR information technology is essential for companies to manage their benefits plans and their employee information. Benefits management technology is no longer a nice to have, but a necessity to help HR manage. But how do HR and other executives know they are selecting the best HR information technology to manage all of the details, and...

The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) set forth regulations that give employees and their families, who lose their health benefits because of unemployment, the right to choose to continue group health benefits provided by their group health plan. These health care benefits may be extended for limited periods of time under certain circumstances according to the COBRA regulations.

Make Their Day! Employee Recognition That Works
This is an excerpt from the fully-revised and expanded second edition of Make Their Day! Employee Recognition That Works (Berrett-Koehler May 2009) The book is written for managers. This chapter focuses on how HR can help them to provide the best possible recognition for employees.

How to Write an Employee Thank You Letter
A simple thank you letter, that recognizes specific employee contributions, goes a long way in helping employees feel recognized and rewarded. In fact, an employee recognition letter that accompanies a bonus check or a gift magnifies the recognition an employee experiences.

Employee Furlough
An employee furlough is mandatory time off work with no pay. Used as an alternative to a layoff, an employee furlough can occur in both public and private sector organizations when revenue or projected revenue fails to match expenses. Revenue is generated through product sales, grants, and governmental support and subsidies.

Sample Human Resources Assistant Job Description
This is a sample job description for a Human Resources Assistant. While all Human Resources Assistant job descriptions need to be customized to meet the needs of their organization, this sample Human Resources Assistant job description will give you ideas and sample phrasing, too. The job description of the HR Assistant can range from clerical...

Memorable Firsts in Human Resources Management
Anyone who works in human resources management knows that the job comes with great joys and great sorrows. And all along the way, memorable first moments with people occur. Sometimes you feel prepared for the moments; some sneak up and surprise you. Whether you're new to management, starting a department, or just looking for a refresher, these...

Top 10 Employee Complaints
Do you want to know what employees complain about at work? HR Solutions analyzed recurring themes in employee surveys to find out. Here are the top ten.

Background Checks
Do you do background checks when you hire an employee? It's a critical component in hiring to verify the credentials and references of your candidates. Here are five keys to pre-screening employees.

Conduct Powerful Job Interviews
Want to hire great employees? How to conduct a safe, legal job interview that also enables you to select the best candidate for your open positions is important. The job interview is one of the significant factors in hiring because so many employers count on the job interview to help determine their best, most qualified candidates. Learn about job interviews in my free email class.

How to Write an Employee Recognition Letter
A simple thank you letter, that recognizes specific employee contributions, goes a long way toward helping an employee stay motivated. See our sample letter.

Minimum Wage
The federal minimum wage for covered nonexempt employees is $5.15 an hour. The federal minimum wage provisions are contained in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Many states also have minimum wage laws.

Please Don't Let HR Be Misunderstood
The most common email I receive recounts a Human Resources horror story. Employees tell me endless stories about how they were treated by their HR staff person. They describe HR officials as uncaring, incompetent, and clueless. They accuse HR staff of being out of touch with the needs of employees and favoring management and the company line...

Improving Employee Performance
You can improve employee performance by letting the employee know what you need from him or her in your everyday conversations.

Spring Cleaning Your HR Department
The HR department is the information center for the most important assets of any organization – the employees. Maintaining a well-organized HR department is imperative for cultivating a successful and satisfied workplace. Selecting an innovative Web-based Human Resource Management System (HRMS) and dividing the process into five easy-to-handle steps, the transformation is extremely manageable. In order to complete this project, I have put together the following list - the most important steps.

The Human Resources Management System Solution
Researching business technology can be a daunting task and finding a Human Resources Management System (HRMS) that meets the unique needs of your business and offers the ease of acceptance by your employees can present a challenge. To begin this process, I suggest exploring a Web-based HRMS solution, which avoids the pitfalls of a costly software purchase, internal IT involvement or a lengthy implementation process.

Top Seven Office Party Gaffes
The office party during the holidays or any other time of the year is a prime professional opportunity to mingle casually with coworkers, impress bosses, and get to know people you don’t see every day. Unfortunately, the holiday office party is also a prime opportunity to ruin your professional reputation, alienate coworkers, and fail to...

Paid Vacation Days Policy
Want to know more about paid vacation days? Paid vacation days are time off work provided to employees as a benefit. Paid vacation days are generally accrued by employees based on years of service to the organization.

Job Search Books for Grads
Thinking about your current job search after graduation? These books will help you find your way. Learn about the job market. Translate your most important needs, interests, and goals into a rewarding career. Find techniques for a successful online and offline job search. These are my long term favorite job search books. Gift a favorite graduate...

Use Training and Development to Motivate Staff
Interested in the components of a comprehensive internal employee training program? You can use training to motivate staff and build morale. Here's how to offer training.

In Sales and Marketing Hiring, You Can't Always Get What You Want
Hiring employees is becoming more challenging as employers are hiring employees from a shrinking pool of qualified candidates. Hiring employees is easier of you are willing to settle for 80% of your requirements and training the employee in the rest. You don't have to wait for the perfect sales and marketing candidate when you're hiring employees.

Sample Informal Employee Recognition Letter
An informal thank you letter, that recognizes specific employee contributions, goes a long way in helping employees feel recognized and rewarded. In fact, an einformal mployee recognition letter that accompanies a bonus check or a gift magnifies the recognition an employee experiences. Some employees experience such gratification that they post...

Sample Semi-formal Employee Recognition Letter
Need a sample thank you letter that you can send to an employee? See a semi-formal thank you letter that recognizes employee contributions.

Thinking Strategically First Makes Strategic Planning Work
Strategic planning for organizations is not fun. Strategic planning is often done under duress because it is required. Strategic planning is important yet many plans are found on bookcases, not on the desktops being used. Done well, strategic plans provide a useful focus that energizes and moves the organization toward its mission, plus it provides a document to recruit others to the mission.

Electronic Surveillance of Employees
Do you monitor your employees' Internet usage? There are pros and cons to monitoring. But, the cons outweigh the pros of electronic surveillance of employees. Find out more about the pros and cons of surveillance.

Develop Your Leadership Brand
Here are specific tips that will increase the impact of your investment in building your leadership brand as opposed to developing individual leaders.

Blogging and Social Media Policy Sample
Your Company recognizes the importance of the World Wide Web in shaping public thinking about our company and our current and potential products, employees, partners, and customers. Your company also recognizes the importance of our employees joining in and helping shape industry conversation through blogging and interaction in social media....

Sample Human Resources Recruiter Job Description
This is a sample job description for a Human Resources Assistant. While all Human Resources Assistant job descriptions need to be customized to meet the needs of their organization, this sample Human Resources Assistant job description will give you ideas and sample phrasing, too. The job description of the HR Assistant can range from clerical...

Sample Resignation Letter Stressing Future Plans
Need a sample resignation letter to use as you write your own? This letter informs your employer about your future plans and why you are leaving.

Candidate Thank You Letters
People forget that the purpose of a job interview is not just to get the job. Sound strange to you? It’s not. You go to a job interview to discover whether your talents, abilities, interests and direction are a good fit for the job, the company, and the company’s mission. Learn more about the match that needs to occur during a job interview for...

Workers' Compensation
Workers' compensation is a form of insurance for employees who are injured or who become ill as a result of their job. Find out what workers' compensation covers and requires.

What Is Telecommuting?
Telecommuting is a flexible work arrangement that allows employees to work distantly from the employer's location all or part of the time. Find out more about the ins and outs of telecommuting.

How to Make Your Messages Memorable
When communication is to the point, relevant, worthwhile, and compelling, it moves the employee to action. This is what you want. Learn how to communicate this way.

Dress Code
Interested in telling your employees how you want them to dress for work? Some workplaces require particular standards for their environment. Find out more.

Sales Compensation: Retain Sales Super Stars
Keeping salespeople motivated can be a real challenge. What motivates one might not motivate another. Good sales managers know this and are always aware of where their individual salespeople are on that "motivational" scale. Sales compensation is a crucial factor in motivation. Learn more about keeping great salespeople with successful sales...

Indicators of Leadership Potential
Learn the signals from and characteristics of employees that let you know that they have leadership potential. These common indicators are easy to spot.

Strategic Human Resources: Avoiding Circular Conversations
Strategic Human Resources is an achievable goal. It needs a plan, change management, technology, efficiencies, and attention to the bottom line. Find out more about stopping circular conversations that go nowhere.

Sample Formal Employee Recognition Letter
A formal thank you letter, that recognizes specific employee contributions, goes a long way in helping employees feel recognized and rewarded. In fact, a formal employee recognition letter that accompanies a bonus check or a gift magnifies the recognition an employee experiences.

Rejection Letters - How to Write Candidate Rejection Letters
Sending a candidate rejection letter to the applicants who were not selected for the job is an extra, but positive step, your company can take to build good will with candidates and establish yourself as an employer of choice. See a sample candidate rejection letter.

How to Manage a Deadbeat Employee
A deadbeat employee is an employer's nightmare. You know the occasional employee I am talking about. He doesn't show up for work, calls in sick, and milks the time off policy, always walking on the edge, but never falling off. He walks the edge of the work policies and processes, too. He does just enough to stay employed but doesn't grow...

Reinventing HR from the Classroom to the Boardroom
We need to reinvent the field of HR in our HR educational programs and in our businesses. We have all heard that HR needs to be more strategic to gain a seat at the “proverbial” table, and that we need to be more business-oriented. However, unless the whole HR community starts investing in educating, certifying, and mentoring junior HR...

Overcome Your Fear of Confrontation and Necessary Conflict
Meaningful confrontation is never easy but conflict is often necessary if you want to stick up for your rights at work. Whether the confrontation is over shared credit, irritating coworker habits and approaches, or to keep a project on track, sometimes you need to hold a confrontation with a coworker. The good news is that while confrontation is almost never your first choice, you can become better and more comfortable with necessary conflict.

How to Prepare for a Career in Human Resources
Liking people is not the only qualification for pursuing a career in Human Resources. It helps, but it is insufficient for success. In Human Resources, like any other career, some minimum requirements exist to enter the field. But, you have the opportunity to continue to develop these skills and experiences as you work in Human Resources and...

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Equal employment opportunity (EEO) laws make it illegal for employers to discriminate against an employee or potential employee in certain workplaces. The EEOC handles discrimination complaints. Learn more.

Flexible Work Schedule - Do You Have a Flexible Work Schedule
Organizations increasingly support a flexible work schedule for employees. Not like the former 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. required office hours, a flexible schedule allows you to come early or stay late, work fewer days or telecommute. Have you negotiated a flexible work schedule for your own work-life balance? Or, does your company offer all employees a...

Sample Human Resources Letters
These sample Human Resources letters provide will help you make job offers, thank rejected job candidates, resign from your job, and provide effective employee recognition.

Applicant Tracking Software
Researching business technology can be a daunting task and finding a Human Resources Management System (HRMS), that meets the unique needs of your business and offers ease of acceptance by your employees, can present a challenge. To begin this process, I suggest exploring a Web-based HRMS solution, which avoids the pitfalls of a costly software...

Paid Time Off Policy Sample
The purpose of a Paid Time Off (PTO) policy is to give staff the opportunity to take paid time off from work that can be used flexibly for such needs as vacation, illness, personal time, doctor appointments, school or volunteerism, and other activities of the employee's choice. The company's goal, in providing PTO, is to reduce unscheduled...

Goals of the 360 Degree Feedback Process
Join the great debates about 360 degree feedback. Find out more about the pros and cons of the various facets of 360 degree feedback. This article considers your organization's goals in offering a 360 degree feedback process. Learn more about 360 degree feedback goals.

The Scoop on Love Contracts
Curious about the use of a love contract? Employers who want to minimize the potential disruption of an office romance might want to consider using one. Learn more.

Recommended Methods for Your 360 Degree Feedback Process
How you approach and administer your 360 feedback process can make all of the difference. The methods you use can empower employee improvement or cause dysfunctional organization behavior. Learn more.

Outcomes From Your 360 Degree Feedback Process
The outcomes you experience from your 360 degree feedback process are dependant on the decisions you make about the goals you want to achieve. The most important outcome of the 360 degree feedback process is personal and career development for the staff person whose skills and performance are rated. And, these decisions have sparked more debate...

Are You the Victim of a Bad Boss?
How many times have you witnessed someone working in a supervisory position without the necessary supervisory competencies? How many times have you questioned why some leaders get the roles that they do? It should not come as a surprise to you, then, that at least once in your life, you will be the victim of a bad boss. These ideas will help you...

Tips for HR Training
Want some tips for making the mandatory Human Resources-related training that you provide for managers and supervisors - effective and fun? Here's how.

The Case for Web-based 360 Degree Feedback
The outcomes you experience from your 360 degree feedback process are dependant on the decisions you make about the goals you want to achieve. The most important outcome of the 360 degree feedback process is personal and career development for the staff person whose skills and performance are rated. And, these decisions have sparked more debate...

The Great Debates About 360 Degree Feedback
Join the great debates about 360 degree feedback. Anonymous or shared? Web-based or paper and pencil? Affects compensation or not? Organization or employee-owned? Find out more about the pros and cons!

How to Break Into a Career in Human Resources
Many people are eager to start a career in Human Resources, as it is a fast-growing field with many lucrative opportunities. Career analysts expect the number of HR jobs to increase in the projected future and the median annual income is above the national average. Learn more.

The Impact of the Minimum Wage Increase
The increase in the minimum wage on July 24, 2007 from $5.15 to $5.85 an hour, is expected to have minimal impact on most employers nation-wide. That's because 32 states and the District of Columbia have already established minimum wage levels higher than the new federal level. The minimum wage will increase again to $6.55 on July 24, 2008, and to $7.25 per hour on July 24, 2009. It is the first increase in the federal minimum wage in a decade. Find out more about the minimum wage.

Tuition Assistance
Tuition assistance is a valuable and much valued benefit that employers can offer employees. It's a win-win benefit that encourages employees to continue to grow their skills. Find out more.

Group Mentoring
Effective relationships and learning are the mainstays of organizational success today. Organizations that find meaningful ways for their employees to connect are more likely to realize greater productivity, enhanced career growth, freely flowing innovation and overall improvement in employee performance. Group mentoring is a value-added tool...

Job Description
Job descriptions are written statements that describe the duties, responsibilities, most important contributions and outcomes needed from a position, required qualifications of candidates, and the reporting relationship of a particular job.

How to Add Value in Continuing Strategic Change
HR is the stabilizer and champion during organizational change. HR adds value by ensuring change efforts deliver lasting results. How? Use a principle-based approach to promote stability and manage your organization's embedded polarities. Learn more!

Customer Service Success
Most businesses spend more time and energy trying to find new customers than they spend retaining the customers they have. The logic behind customer retention is simple - it costs far less money to keep current customers happy than to spend much more money to recruit new customers. Loyal customers tell their friends about your business...

Elan at Work
Are you capturing the ardor and the spirit of your work force? You want to maximize contributions from people. You want to fuel excitement. You want people to fulfill dreams, plans and needs. You want to be the chosen, valued employer. Find out how.

Your Personal Best
Picture this. I'd been asked to lead the final team building activity of the day before drinks and dinner. The audience had been in meetings since eight in the morning. The attendees were police officers who are experts at what they call, "cop faces," expressionless features that don't provide much information for the facilitator. Want to see...

What Do You Mean My Company’s a Stepping Stone?
With baby boomers – all 80-plus million of them – starting their exodus from the workforce and into retirement, the labor pool is shrinking. No, Chicken Little, that doesn’t mean the sky is falling. But it does mean that organizations that distinguish themselves as destinations for talented and valued employees will see their stock rise - and...

Work Like You’re Showing Off
High performance is showing off, says Joe Calloway, restaurant owner, speaker, and corporate coach who offers four keys to showing off your high performance at work. Showing off, as I define it, isn’t about bragging or arrogance. Showing off simply means bringing your best to everything that you do. It’s about being focused and working with...

Form a Green Team to Improve Your Work Environment
To raise employee awareness of opportunities to save energy and contribute to a healthy work environment, form a green team at work. While debate exists about recycling and other aspects of environmentalism, a green team is motivational for employees who want to make a difference in their work environment. Find out more about what a green team...

Effective Delegation
Delegation can be viewed as dumping by the employee who receives more work to do. . So, the manager must carefully balance the delegation of more work with the delegation of work requiring more responsibility, authority, and challenge. Here are more tips about effective delegation.

A Relaxed, Casual Dress Code
Interested in knowing what is appropriate for employees to wear in a casual work environment? Here's a casual work dress code for the workplace.

Behavioral Interview Questions Tip
How do you differentiate the skills and experience of a job candidate from the crystal ball would dos identified during the interview? You ask behavioral interview questions. Learn more.

The Role of the Supervisor in Managing Absenteeism
Almost two out of three employees who are absent from work are not ill. And, managing this absenteeism mess is the responsibility of front line supervisors.

Explore the New Science of Complexity
The emerging science of complexity is a way to better understand how organizations actually work. This knowledge will help you enable your organizations to flourish in a world of constant change. Here's more on exploring the new science of complexity.

How to Celebrate Halloween at Work
Traditions are important in organizations, just as they are in families. Interested in creating an employee-friendly environment at work? Halloween is one of the best holiday occasions to celebrate.

Book Review: Birth of the Chaordic Age
Birth of the Chaordic Age, by Dee Hock, opens the door to exciting ideas and new ways of thinking about organizations. Birth of the Chaordic Age is a landmark book in which Hock provides his philosophy about the fundamental nature of people and organizations. Read a full review of this book.

Corporate Data Security Challenges
Identity theft resulting from a corporate data breach is big news. The extensive media coverage and damage to the organizations and brands involved in recent data security breaches has brought identity theft detection and prevention to the forefront of corporate America's concerns.

Meeting Management - Competing Conversations
Want to develop effective working relationships with people at work? Effective interaction by people in business meetings can create effective work relationships. Effective group meetings manage the interaction of difficult people holding competing conversations. Here's more on how to effectively manage a meeting, and make sure that this meeting...

Keep Company and Employee Information Safe
Right now, someone within your company may be accessing confidential corporate information either dishonestly or by accident. In the news, you read about well-known companies suffering the loss of sensitive corporate information at the hands of employees. HR departments often hold the key to valuable corporate and employee information, so the...

Job Analysis
A job analysis is the process used to collect information about the duties, responsibilities, necessary skills, outcomes, and work environment of a particular job. You need as much data as possible to put together a job description, which is the frequent outcome of the job analysis.

Performance Improvement Strategies
Are you responsible for overseeing the work of other employees? If so, it's a challenge. But, performance improvement coaching - done well - will improve employee performance and contributions.

Talent On-the-Bubble: Addressing Human Behavior at Work
One of the great lessons from Talent IQ is that the performance of talent gone awry is very seriously under-addressed in organizational life. Called “Talent On-the-Bubble,” a pattern of human behavior was identified that can take any organization and its leadership team down if left untended. Talent On-the-Bubble can make a mockery of...

Q. Should My Husband Ask for a Raise at His Troubled Company?
Couple spent on the assumption that the husband's base income included both his base pay and his profit sharing bonus. When his company experienced problems, the profit sharing ceased and they found themselves unable to live on his base salary. They want to know if he should ask for a pay raise to make up the difference. Their question is answered.

Variable Pay
Variable pay is used generally to recognize and reward employee contribution toward company productivity, profitability, team work, safety, quality, or some other metric deemed important. Variable pay changes depending upon the circumstances. Learn more about variable pay.

Managing Human Resources
Want to know what managing Human Resources entails? It's all about the people, getting the job done, and continuous improvement. Find out more.

Telephone Use Policy - Manufacturing Facility
Need a telephone use policy for a manufacturing facility or any workplace where employees are dependent on coworkers to produce their work? Here's a sample policy.

Sample Personnel File Policy
Do you need a simple, sample personnel file policy? This policy recommends separate files for some employee information and provides file access information for employees. See the policy.

What Is a Human Resource?
A human resource is a person or employee who staffs and operates a function within your organization. Read the definition of a Human Resource.

Recession Planning for Employees
Given the downward spiral of CEOs' confidence and with the talk about a potential recession, what have you done to plan for the possibility that the downturn becomes severe and impacts employees? These are some of the actions to take in recession planning for employees, for your HR department and other departments within your business, perhaps...

I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification)
The Employment Eligibility Verification (I-9) is the form that is required by the Department of Homeland Security - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to document eligibility for employment in the United States. All employees, citizens and noncitizens, hired after November 6, 1986, must complete Section 1 of this form at the time of...

Wholesome Organic Profits
Recent corporate financial scandals have called into question the quality of corporate earnings. Find out how twenty-two big companies thrive and prosper by consistently producing high-quality organic growth and homegrown profits. Organic growth does foster successful employees, company profit, satisfied customers, and measurable contributions.

How to Develop a Job Description
Developing a job description helps you articulate the most important outcomes you need from an employee performing a particular job. Employees want clear expectations, so this is a win for all.

Training: Your Investment in People Development and Retention
Training and development for employees is a key offering if you wish to retain the best employees and encourage their growth.

Keeping the People You Really Need in the Outsourced Economy
The outsourced economy is here to stay. As a leader, you may not relish the idea of outsourcing. However, the reality is that you may soon need to. When that happens, you will want a workforce that is nimble, adaptable, and prepared to participate in your organization at a new level of competitiveness. Organizations that partner with their employees will retain those employees when they have the opportunity to become free agents.

Profit Sharing
Profit sharing is an example of a variable pay plan. Find out more about profit sharing in the workplace.

Employee Handbook Introduction
Use this employee handbook introduction as the basis for your own. You can easily customize this handbook introductory letter for your company's needs. See the policy.

Concealed Weapons Sample Policy
This is a sample, simple concealed weapons policy for workplaces. Please utilize this policy to form the basis for your work concealed weapons policy. This concealed weapons policy sample is not to be construed as legal advice.

Strategic Planning Pitfalls - to Avoid
Learn strategic planning pitfalls to avoid. These are the key challenges you'll encounter as you attempt to implement your strategic plan. Be prepared for success.

What Is Human Resource Management?
Answer to the most popular question that readers ask on this site. Find out the definition of Human Resource management.

Human Resources Director Job Description Sample
This is a sample job description for a Human Resources Director. While all Human Resources Director job descriptions need to be customized to meet the needs of the organization in which they serve, this sample Human Resources Director job description will give you ideas and sample phrasing, too.

Preventing Predictable Decision Making Errors
Predictable errors in decision making are preventable errors. And a few simple techniques can help you steer clear of the most common wrong turns in decision making. They can get you to your go point, that decisive moment when the essential information has been gathered, the pros and cons weighed, and the time has come to get off the fence and...

How to Develop Group Norms: Step-by-Step
Do you want to ensure that your work teams interact effectively and meet their goals? Establish group norms to accomplish this. Here are the exact steps to follow to create norms.

A New Role for HR: Support Your Company's Brand
"I once read an article in which Mickey Mantle tells about a recurring dream. He's racing to get to Yankee Stadium in a panic, because he's late for the game. To his horror the gates to the field are locked. He finds a hole in the centerfield fence and sticks his head through. As he tries to wiggle through the small hole he wakes up drenched in...

A New Role for HR: Support Your Company's Brand
"I once read an article in which Mickey Mantle tells about a recurring dream. He's racing to get to Yankee Stadium in a panic, because he's late for the game. To his horror the gates to the field are locked. He finds a hole in the centerfield fence and sticks his head through. As he tries to wiggle through the small hole he wakes up drenched in...

Fair Labor Standards Act
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) affects private and public sector employers, including state, local, and federal government. It sets regulations about pay and hours. Learn more.

How to Implement a Book Club at Work
Looking for an easy way to share information and develop employees at work? Form a book club in which a group of employees voluntarily read the same book. Combine the book reading with a regularly scheduled discussion meeting to double the impact of the book. Ask one employee to lead the discussion about the week's assigned chapter or two. Ask a...

Magnify the Retention Value of Your 401k Plan
Tired of feeling as if your 401k plan doesn't get the appreciation and participation it deserves? You can maximize the impact of your 401k retirement plan to benefit the people you employ. These necessary and recommended actions will help you create an appreciated, valued benefit that helps you achieve your business goals.

What Makes a Bad Boss - Bad?
Nothing sparks more commentary than asking about what makes a manager a bad boss. With my Web site poll and its lengthy comments thread, I found some common themes in site visitor responses. Want to avoid becoming a bad boss? Afraid that you may already be considered a bad boss? Just want to commiserate with other people who have bad bosses?...

Your 401k Plan is a Recruiting Magnet
The 401(k) is no longer a prized perk. It is expected of employers of choice who attract and retain the most qualified employees. Find out more.

What Is Human Resources?
Human resources are the people that staff and operate an organization. Read the definition of Human Resources.

What Is Human Resource Development (HRD)?
Human Resource Development is the framework for helping employees develop their personal and organizational skills, knowledge, and abilities. Human Resource Development includes such opportunities as employee training, employee career development, performance management and development, coaching, succession planning, key employee identification,...

HR as Product: Be the Brand of Choice
It is time for Human Resources practitioners to rethink their role and that of the HR department, not only for the purposes of contributing to the organization's bottom line, but also for their own survival. Read more about tips for image, reputation, and brand.

Severance Pay
Why might an employer want to pay severance pay to an employee in a layoff situation? Find out about severance and see why.

Myths About Millennials
You've hired millennial employees. Now how can you keep your millennials around? Things aren't always what they seem. If I could give you one bit of advice about dealing with the latest generation of employees to come under your management, it would be to remember those words. Things aren't always what they seem about your millennial employees.

Top Ten Ways to Be Happy at Work
Working at Google sounds very cool. I'd be the first to tout Google as a motivating employer: free food, fun ... Google and other top 100 employers provide best workplaces. But, perks that enable employees to spend all their time at work exploit people and destroy life balance. So, even the best employer may not be best for everyone. These are...

Handbook Acknowledgement of Receipt
Use this employee handbook acknowledgement of receipt as the basis for your employee signoff for receipt of your employee handbook. Customize this handbook acknowledgerment letter for your company’s needs.

Why Effective Employee Job Descriptions Make Business Sense
Want to recognize the power of job descriptions in providing clear expectations for your employees? Approached effectively, they are great for your business. Here's why and how.

How and Why to Create Team Norms
Are you interested in creating effective teams? Every team develops norms, consciously or unconsciously. You can create team norms that ensure success. Here's why and how.

Job Search Tip: How Employers Hire an Employee
Sometimes when you're job searching, the wait at each step in the hiring process can feel interminable. check. Perhaps some insight into the steps an employer takes to hire an employee will help you understand what is going on behind the scenes. It's really not about you, for the most part. To recruit and hire an employee usually starts with a...

Personnel File Access Policy
All employees, former employees, and representatives of employees may view certain documents from their personnel file with advance notice to Human Resources staff. Documents that relate to the employee's qualifications for hire may be viewed. Documents that may not be reviewed are also described.

Dress Code: Letter of Introduction
The Company's objective, in establishing a dress code, is to enable employees to project a professional, business-like image while experiencing the comfort and advantages of more casual and relaxed clothing. This letter is a sample letter to introduce the concept of the dress code to your managers and supervisors.

Paid Time Off Policy
Definition of the paid time off approach to employee vacation, sick days, and personal days for the human resources glossary of human resources related terms. Paid time off has advantages and disadvantages that are explored in this definition of paid time off.

The Americans With Disabilities Act - An Employer’s Responsibilities
The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) makes it unlawful for an employer with 15 or more employees to discriminate against a qualified individual with a disability. The Michigan Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act, which is similar to the ADA in many respects, covers employers with one or more employees; other states may similarly define different laws for workplace treatment of people with disabilities. This article addresses disability law issues relevant to employers.

Why Use a New Employee Welcome Letter?
A welcome letter to a new employee who has accepted your job offer confirms the employe's decision to accept the position. The welcome letter helps the new employee feel wanted and welcomed. Depending on the goal of your new employee welcome letter, these sample welcome letters will give you a template. See sample welcome letters for new employees.

Top 5 Ways to Destroy Trust
Trust forms the foundation for effective communication, employee retention, and employee motivation and contribution of discretionary energy. You want to nurture and maintain trust. Here are the top five ways to destroy trust.

How to Win the Job Search Competition
Reasons for hiring one employee over another are as varied as the employers hiring employees. But, there are critical factors that can help you win the job search competition. Employees who were hired did a lot of things right. Better, they did almost nothing wrong. Find out why Mary got the job.

Creating a Mentoring Culture
More than ever before, organizations, large and small, are looking outside traditional mentoring paradigms to raise the bar on the practice of mentoring by creating a mentoring culture. A mentoring culture continuously focuses on building the mentoring capacity, competence, and capability of the organization. Discover the hallmarks of a...

Job Search Tip: Prep Your References for a Reference Check
Prepping your references can make all the difference in whether you get the job you want or not. A positive reference check is a priority in the hiring decisions of many employers. Make sure your references are prepared to respond favorably when the potential employer calls for a reference check.

Resignation Letter
Definitions for a letter of resignation or a resignation letter for the human resources glossary of human resources related terms.

What Is the Human Resource Department?
Departments are the entity organizations form to organize people, reporting relationships, and work in a way that best supports the accomplishment of the organization's goals. Departments are usually organized by functions such as human resources, marketing, administration, and sales. But, a department can be organized in any way that makes...

Change Management Tips
As the speed of change continues to increase, change management is a fundamental competency needed by managers, supervisors, Human Resources staff, and organization leaders. To tap your wisdom, my recent survey about change management afforded me the opportunity to consolidate hundreds of years of experience in change management. Here, in your...

Build an Organization Based on Values
Organizational values are a critical component in building an organization's business strategy. Why not identify and nurture values that support your mission, vision, and goals?

Change Management Lessons About Employee Involvement
Change can succeed. Effective change management helps change succeed. The role of employee involvement in change management is explored. Your change management efforts can succeed. Learn more about change management.

Team Norms Sample
Every team has two components that team members must pay attention to if the team is going to succeed. The team must pay attention to the content (or goals or outcomes expected). The team must also carefully shape and monitor the process it uses to accomplish the goals. Here are sample team process norms or guidelines that a team might use to effectively conduct its business.

Executive Support and Leadership in Change Management
Change capability is critically needed by organizations. Check out the impact of executive support and leadership when change management implementation is successful.

How to Fire an Employee: Legally, Ethically
These are the legal and the ethical steps to take to fire an employee and to ensure that the company's actions are above reproach - in the eyes of the law and your other employees.

How to Understand Your Current Culture
Are you ready to take a look at the culture that exists in your organization? Your assessment of your culture may make you happy; your assessment may make you sad. Whatever your culture assessment teaches you about your culture, though, your culture is what it is. To change your culture, to enhance your culture, to benefit from your culture, you...

Top 10 Principles of Employee Empowerment
Looking for real management advice about people? You want to create an environment in which people are empowered, productive, and happy. Don't hobble them by limiting their tools or information. Trust them to do the right thing. These are the most important principles for managing people. They reinforce employee empowerment, accomplishment, and...

The Family and Medical Leave Act
As most employers are now aware, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requires covered employers to provide twelve weeks of unpaid leave to eligible employees within a 12-month period. The FMLA applies to private employers with 50 or more employees, and to all public employers. Learn the answers to several common questions you may have about...

Planning and Analysis in Change Management
Change is possible; the need for change is increasing; change capability is necessary for organizations that will succeed in the future; effective change management strategies rule. Learn about planning and analysis in change management. Check out the results of my change management survey about the affect of effective planning and analysis in...

Policy Receipt Acknowledgement Sample
The Company's objective, in establishing a dress code, is to enable employees to project a professional, business-like image while experiencing the comfort and advantages of more casual and relaxed clothing. This policy receipt acknowledgement allows you to track that every employee has received and understands the new policy.

Build Support for Effective Change Management
Change can succeed. Effective change management helps change succeed. The role of building support for change prior to the change and during the change in change management is explored. Your change management efforts can succeed. Learn more about building support for change.

Stop Being Miserable at Work
Are you miserable at work? Do you never feel good about heading to work? Do you feel unchallenged, unhappy, or not in control? Is your boss the worst? Do your coworkers engage in unjustifiable complaining. If you continue to participate in any of these situations, you will ensure that you will continue to hate your job. And, hating your job is...

Recognition Success Tips: Recognition or Entitlement?
These tips about reward and recognition will help you create a profitable business and develop the talented workforce you need for progress, resiliency and agility. What makes reward and recognition memorable? The element of surprise is big for effective reward and recognition. Learn more.

Develop a Drug-free Workplace
In a drug-free workplace, the employer has taken steps and initiated policies to ensure that employees, vendors, and customers are not taking or using alcohol or drugs, selling drugs, or affected by the after effects of indulging in alcohol or drugs outside of the workplace during non-work time. Additionally, the goal of a drug free workplace...

Dress Code for Work: Manufacturing and Office
The Company's objective, in establishing a dress code, is to enable employees to project a professional, business-like image while experiencing the comfort and advantages of more casual and relaxed clothing. Casual dress is the standard for this dress code that differentiates between clothing worn in manufacturing and clothing worn in the...

How to Respond to a Reference Check
Checking job or employment references is time-consuming and frequently unsatisfactory, as many employers, despite recent legislation, refuse to offer more than dates of employment, salary history and job title. Here is the format I use to check references. Take a look; it provides a format for reference checking that you'll find helpful.

Cell Phone Policy Sample for Workplaces
Need a cell phone policy sample for your workplace? You can use it to create your own policy, but it is not to be construed as legal advice.

How to Hold a Difficult Conversation
People aren't perfect and their actions don't always support workplace harmony. If you manage people, work in HR, or care about your friends at work, you will likely need to have a difficult conversation with a coworker one day. Here's how.

Make More Money: Your Lifetime Income Potential
Work is about the money. Work only becomes not about the money when you have sufficient income – however you define sufficient income – to support your chosen life style. With sufficient money, work becomes about other motivations. Maximize lifetime income potential by the choices you make for your career and how you work with your employer....

Moneyball Hits a Home Run: Implications for Managers
This book hits a home run whether you're in business or a baseball fan. It tells the story of Billy Beane and how he built a great team with few resources but great recruiting analysis and tactics. Find out more about Moneyball.

Becoming a Sage: The Keys to Life-long Self-development
Successful people practice life-long self-development. Studies show that they have similar characteristics. They are willing to grow by challenging themselves. Learn how you can share your knowledge with others.

Resignation Letter Sample
Sample, simple letter of resignation or a resignation letter for the human resources policy, checklist, procedure, and samples directory.

Top 10 Ways to Turn Off a New Employee
New Employee Orientation is a critical factor in helping a new person develop a productive, lasting relationship with your organization. Learn the top ten ways to turn off a new employee.

Open Door Policy Sample
Want to see a sample open door policy so that you have a guide to develop your own policy? Here's a straightforward, simple open door policy.

How an Open Door Policy Ought to Work
Want to bypass levels of management, strike fear in the hearts of supervisors, and undermine your chain of command? Adopt an open door policy that states any employee can talk with any level manager about any issue at any time. Isn't that the point of an open door policy, you may ask? My answer? Yes and no.

Team Building Activity: Radio-controlled Cars
Readers often send in ideas, initiatives, and team building activities and icebreakers that worked for them in their organization. It's great to have examples, and in the spirit of this article, I value your collaboration and ideas. Recently, I received a note from Keith Hamm which began: "You were asking about fun things in HR.” A fun team...

Business Management Success Tips - Space Planning Feedback
This tip about how to gain management input for people needs and space planning will give you a proven approach to try to stay one jump ahead of your company’s growth. These are the questions to ask as you plan space for people.

Change Management Wisdom
As the speed of change continues to increase, change management is a fundamental competency needed by managers, supervisors, Human Resources staff, and organization leaders. To tap your wisdom, my recent survey about change management afforded me the opportunity to consolidate hundreds of years of experience in change management. Here, in your...

How Real Women Get Ahead: The Woman’s Advantage at Work
Forget what you’ve heard about “being one of the boys,” “having it all,” and “going for the jugular.” Here is how real working women get ahead. Working women favor smarts and skills over sexy, communicate superbly, and earn and learn from line management positions. Learn more about how real working women get ahead: the woman’s advantage at work.

Resignation Letter Sample
Sample, simple letter of resignation or a resignation letter for the human resources policy, checklist, procedure, and samples directory.

Meet and Greet Meeting Icebreakers
Want to know more about creating quick, fun ice breakers for meetings? I am a proponent of ice breakers that reinforce the content and goal accomplishment of a team building or training session. There is a place, however, for a fun ice breaker whose only purpose is to help session attendees know each other. Here are ice breakers that take time...

Communication Success Tips: Interpersonal Communication Dynamics
Each of us is a radar machine constantly scoping out our environment. Human beings are sensitive to body language, facial expression, posture, movement, tone of voice and more. To effectively communicate, these interpersonal communication dynamics must match your words.

Job Interview Match Dance
Did you know that the purpose of the interview is not just to get the job? The purpose is to find out if you and the company are a good match. Find out more.

Why Human Resources Leaders Need Degrees
If you're considering a career or transition to a career in Human Resources, think about earning a degree. The field doesn't matter so much as the fact that the degree puts you into the competition for jobs. Find out more.

Employee Orientation: Keeping New Employees on Board
You want your new employee to experience his new job as a major turn on. Here are tips, tools, and examples for new employee orientation processes that promote longevity and loyalty.

Three Shining Work Moments Ice Breaker
Looking for a winning team building ice breaker that you can use for meetings, training classes, team building sessions, and company events and activities? My three Shining moments ice breaker makes group cohesiveness and cooperation a natural extension of this team building ice breakers. Your participants will learn to know and appreciate each...

Understanding Stress and Workplace Stress
Stress is normal. Everyone feels stress related to work, family, decisions, your future, and more. Stress is both physical and mental. It is caused by major life events such as illness, the death of a loved one, a change in responsibilities or expectations at work, and job promotions, loss, or changes. Read on to understand the impact of stress...

Second Interview Tip
Genentech, Fortune magazine’s pick as the best company to work for, regards recruiting talented employees as a top priority. Recruiting the “right” employees is a lengthy process that can include a candidate returning to the company to interview 5-6 times. A candidate may participate in as many as 20 interviews. I’ll bet other best companies...

The Five of Anything Ice Breaker
Looking for a winning team building ice breaker that you can use for meetings, training classes, team building sessions, and company events and activities? My five of anything ice breaker makes group cohesiveness and cooperation a natural extension of the discussion when you use this team building ice breaker.

Genentech: Best Companies' Practices
Genentech has a mission, vision, and cultural values that thoroughly engage staff. Ninety-five percent of Genentech employees own stock in their best company. Genentech is philanthropically and community outreach oriented. Genentech provides a leading edge package of benefits and perks to their employees. Learn more.

Employee Onboarding: One Chance for a Positive New Employee Experience
Need information about employee onboarding or new employee orientation as it is sometimes known? Use these tips to welcome your new employees.

Change Lessons From the Field
Change is possible; the need for change is increasing; change capability is necessary for organizations that will succeed in the future. So say the respondents to my recent survey about change management success. Check out the first installment of results! Much more to come!

Resignation Letter Sample
Sample, simple letter of resignation or a resignation letter for the human resources policy, checklist, procedure, and samples directory.

Business Management Success Tips - Why HR Should Report to the CEO
People are the most important resource of your business. One of your biggest challenges will be attracting and retaining a superior workforce. Your HR staff members are key players in recruiting and retaining staff. Your HR staff should also lead your efforts in training and organization development. They are the heart of helping you form a...

Provide Motivational Employee Recognition
You can avoid the employee recognition traps that: single out one or a few employees who are mysteriously selected for the recognition; sap the morale of the many who failed to win, place, or even show; confuse people who meet the criteria yet were not selected; or sought votes or other personalized, subjective criteria to determine winners. Learn more.

Quick Start Learning Guide: Strategic Planning
Want to learn about strategic planning quickly and efficiently? Don't want to read all the site resources about strategic planning and strategic Human Resources just yet? These are the articles I'd like you to read in this order and why. This is the quick path to learning about strategic planning.

Resignation Letter Sample
Sample, simple letter of resignation or a resignation letter for the human resources policy, checklist, procedure, and samples directory.

Ten Days to a Happier, More Successful Career and Life
”We hold these truths to be self-evident,” said our Founding Fathers. The truths you will discover over the next ten days or lessons are self-evident, too, but they are profoundly difficult to practice. Even as I write this series, I find myself questioning whether I am practicing what I am recommending. So, consider the pursuit of happiness and...

How to Make Your Current Job Work
Are you feeling increasingly unhappy about your job? Then, it may be time for you to quit your job. Or, address the issues that you dislike about your current career. Without leaving your job, you may be able to solve the problems. Take a look at these reasons to determine whether it's time to quit your current job. Perhaps you can identify...

Communication in Change Management
You cannot over-communicate when you are asking your organization to change. Every successful executive, who has led a change management effort, in my experience, makes this statement. I have never worked with a client organization in which employees were completely happy with communication. Communication is one of the toughest issues in...

Stay the Course or Change the Course: Practice Persistence and Self-discipline
Practicing the self-discipline and persistence to stick with the course you’ve set to attain your goals and purpose is the single most important factor in determining whether you will achieve them. Self-discipline to stick with the direction you have set, or to purposefully change it, allows you to persist every day on your journey. Note that...

Quick Start Learning Guide: Performance Management and Development
Want to learn about performance management quickly and efficiently? Don't want to take the email class in performance management and performance development planning? These are the articles I'd like you to read in this order and why. This is the quick path to learning about performance management and performance development planning.

Leadership and Management Success Tips: Business Management Success Tips: How...
These leadership and management tips will help you create effective interpersonal relationships. This leadership and management tip about interpersonal relationships will speed up your progress and profitability.

Holiday Stress Hotspots: Manage Stress with Knowledge
There are four main causes of holiday stress: gift giving obligations, expenses, a lack of time, and unrealistic expectations about creating a perfect holiday. To reduce holiday stress, arm yourself with knowledge. Know the ins and outs of these top four holiday stress hotspots and follow these effective stress-reducing tips.

The Five Causes of Employee Negativity
The typical workplace has its ups and downs in terms of employee negativity. Many workplaces are trying to be employee oriented. But, even the most employee oriented workplace can shudder under the weight of negative thinking. When employers understand the causes of employee negativity and put in place measures to prevent employee negativity, negativity fails to gain a foothold in the work environment. Learn the five key causes of employee negativity.

Appreciating Diversity During the Holidays
Guess who's not celebrating Christmas this year? Millions of people in the United States. That's right. Tens of millions of Americans don't hold Christmas religious or holiday celebrations either as followers of non-Christian religions (Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, Jews) or as individuals with no religious affiliation. Find out more about...

Hostile Environment Claims Not Limited to Sexual Harassment
Employers need to understand that harassment in the workplace is not limited to sexual harassment claims. Employees in any protected classification can be harassed in the workplace. Employers need to be aware of the potential and takes steps to prevent unlawful harassment. A workplace policy is also necessary to prevent and investigate claims.

Why Resume Cover Letters Should Matter to Employers
Resume cover letters matter - or they should - to employers. Here's what you can learn when you review your candidate's application letter. Find out more.

Profit from Life’s Losses: Find Significance
Sometimes life throws us unexpected curve balls. When you get yours - and we all will at one time or another - how you choose to respond to it will set the course for the rest of your life. John Chappelear, author of "The Daily Six" says, "When I received my 'Gift of Desperation' I began to notice, FINALLY, something was missing in my life. It...

Tips for Managing Stress and Change at Work
Stress is normal. Everyone feels stress related to work, family, decisions, your future, and more. Stress is both physical and mental. It is caused by major life events such as illness, the death of a loved one, a change in responsibilities or expectations at work, and job promotions, loss, or changes. Read on to understand the impact of stress...

Conduct a Simple Training Needs Assessment
The training needs of a group of people who all perform the same or similar jobs can be identified quickly with this simple approach to training needs assessment.

Play Well With Others: Develop Effective Work Relationships
You want to develop positive, effective work relationships to experience success at work. They are key to your progress. Learn how.

Network Your Way to a New Job or Career: Connections Made by Business...
Many people think of business networking as circulating around a room and exchanging business cards. But a broader view of business networking is creating a pool of contacts from which you can draw leads, referrals, ideas, and information for your job search. You can network without ever attending an official business or social networking event,...

Gone in Thirty Seconds: How to Review a Resume
The work of resume review starts well before applicant resumes fill your inbox. Reviewing a resume starts with a job description or role profile so you know broadly what the job entails. Part of the job description, in an effective job description, details the qualifications and experience of the candidate you seek to fill the job. Find out how...

Inspirational Quotes for Business and Work: Trust and Trustworthiness
Looking for an inspirational quote or a business quotation for your newsletter, business presentation, bulletin board or inspirational posters? These trust and trustworthiness quotes are useful to help motivation and inspiration. These quotes about trust and trustworthiness will help you create success in business, success in management and...

Create Your Personal Vision Statement
Want some help in formulating a personal vision statement to guide your career and life? Find out how.

When Tragedy Strikes: Eleven Tips for Your Workplace Response
A national tragedy or a personal tragedy has a huge impact at work. And, workplaces can help people successfully weather the tragedy. They can ease the passage people experience during tragedy. They can help people deal with the helplessness and grief they experience during tragedy. They can provide a support system to help prop people up. Find...

Job Offer Letter Sample: Sales Representative
Looking for a sample job offer letter for a sales professional? Your candidates appreciate the job offer terms spelled out in detail so that there is no misunderstanding. See the offer letter.

Identify and Live Your Personal Values
Your personal values co-mingle with the values of the other employees in your workplace to create the culture in your workplace. Make sure that you know what you value and that you share it at work every day.

When Management Systems Fail: Why Employees Dont Do What You Want Them to Do
Managers perennially ask why employees dont do what they are supposed to do. While part of the responsibility falls on choices individual employees make, managers need to shoulder part of the blame, too. Employees want to succeed at work. I dont know a single person who gets up in the morning and says, I think Ill go to work to fail today....

Culture: Your Environment for People at Work
Want to understand the basics about organization culture? Find out what it is and how you can consciously create your culture.

Why Sexy Isn't Better: How Sexual Behavior Can Submarine Your Career
Women who wear short skirts that display a lot of leg may be overlooked for promotion and pay increases. So says a recent study conducted by Tulane University. Overt sexual behavior at work, whether men and women are consciously aware of it, or not, can submarine your career. Learn more about sexual behavior and its impact at work.

Job Offer Letter Sample for Employers
Need a free, sample job offer letter that is suitable for most employee job offers? Your candidates appreciate the job offer terms spelled out in detail. Use this job offer letter as a base for developing your own employment offer.

Email and Internet Policy
This is a sample simple, straightforward email and Internet policy. Please utilize to form the basis for your work email and Internet policies. This policy sample is not to be construed as legal advice.

How to Deal With a Negative Coworker: Negativity Matters
Some people exude negativity. They dont like their jobs or they dont like their company. Their negativity has a powerful impact on you. Learn how to deal with it.

Employment Terminations – How To Avoid Legal Problems
The decision to terminate an individual’s employment carries with it the risk of a possible legal challenge. Depending upon an employer’s policies or whether an employee has an employment contract, an employee may, for example, have a breach of contract or “wrongful discharge” claim. Learn the right questions to ask before you terminate an...

China: A Wakeup Call for United States Competitiveness and Productivity
No matter what kind of business you're in, whether you're a multi-national corporation, or a "mom and pop" business - you will be affected by economic development in China.

Why Blogging Matters to Business
The current revolution in writing and instant publishing is blogging. A business blog is an informal, easily maintained way to regularly communicate with your customers and employees. Blogging matters to business because blogging can represent your company in a positive or negative light. Blogs can pinpoint employees you don't want to hire and...

Believe What You See: How to Use Nonverbal Communication in Hiring
Have you ever made up your mind about a job candidate based on the way he sat in your lobby? Did you confirm that opinion when he walked across the room and shook your hand? Awareness of nonverbal communication and the messages job searchers send does influence your evaluation of job candidates – and it should. Aside from protected...

Inspirational Quotes for Business and Work: Nonverbal Communication
Looking for an inspirational quote about nonverbal communication for your internal communication, newsletters, website, and more? These are some of my favorites.

Why This Resume Rocks
When employers receive 100 resumes in response to a job posting, the resume that catches your eye has to stand out from the crowd. This sample resume was accompanied by an exemplary cover letter. Here, I'll show you the resume that accompanied the cover letter that did capture my attention and tell you why. This sample resume sets a standard...

How to Build a Teamwork Culture: Do the Hard Stuff With Teams
Fostering teamwork is creating a work culture that values collaboration. In a teamwork environment, people understand and believe that thinking, planning, decisions and actions are better when done cooperatively. People recognize, and even assimilate, the belief that none of us is as good as all of us. (High Five) Its hard to find work places...

Inspirational Quotes for Business and Work About Intention
Do you need a business quote about intention for a work publication or video? These quotes are about the power of intention and purpose in employee lives. Here are some of my favorite quotes about intention.

Plan Your Recruiting to Ensure Successful Candidate Selection
The recruitment planning meeting sets the stage for a successful hire. Find out what you can accomplish when you plan your recruiting.

Your Ten Toughest Questions - Asked and Answered
Regular emails from readers ask hundreds of questions each year. Patterns emerge about the toughest situations you face in your organizations. These are the ten toughest, but most frequent questions you send my way. I’ve written a how-to piece to answer each question you’ve asked. These articles address and answer your toughest questions.

Smoke Free Workplace Policy for Your Company
This smoke free workplace policy guarantees that employees, customers and guests will not be subjected to second hand smoke in the workplace. No smoking and no tobacco products are allowed. Read more about this smoke free workplace policy.

How to Develop and Write a Policy
You want to have the necessary policies and procedures to ensure a safe, organized, convivial, empowering, nondiscriminatory work place. Yet, you do not want to write a policy for every exception to accepted and expected behavior. Learn more.

How to Take Responsibility for Your Life
You are totally responsible for your life. This is the foundation principle you must embrace if you plan for happiness and success in life and work. The most important aspect of taking responsibility for your life is to listen to the little voice in your head. We tend to become what we think about most of the time. Your thoughts are powerful....

Top Ten Ways to Make Employee Empowerment Fail
Empowerment is a panacea for many organization ills, when empowerment is implemented with care. Managers and employees say they want empowerment. Organizations see empowerment as a strategy to develop employees and serve customers. If empowerment is great for customer service and employee motivation, why is empowerment not implemented...

How to Build Powerfully Successful Work Teams
Do you want to build successful work teams in your organization? Start with these ideas and you will create a powerful and positive teamwork environmant.

Read, Learn, and Think Your Way to Success
Bill Gates doesn’t have to know everything. He recognizes that he has employees who do. But, he appreciates the importance of taking the time to learn what they know. He takes time to listen to their ideas. He takes time to think, to ponder the direction of Microsoft. Do the same for yourself and your employees, take time to think, to read and learn. Ten ideas about creative thinking and learning follow.

The 5 Teams Every Organization Needs
Organizations that want to create teamwork need five teams that will enhance employee morale and give employees an opportunity to participate. Find out more.

Mentoring and Baby Boomers: Mentoring Is a Strategic Business Imperative
Baby boomers play a key role in mentoring the next generations of employees. Utilize baby boomers to mentor because of the wealth of knowledge older workers have acquired. Younger workers will benefit immensely from mentoring. Mentoring will jump start careers and help the next generation of workers succeed more quickly. Learn more.

Why "Blink" Matters: The Power of First Impressions
Speakers and trainers have said for years that people make up their minds about people thay meet quickly - within minutes. Find out more about what Malcolm Gladwell thinks. The decisions may occur much faster...

Inspirational Quotes for Business and Work About Respect
Do you need an inspirational quote about respect to encourage employees to respect each other in your workplace? Here are quotes about respect that are relevant to the workplace.

Celebrate Annual Holidays for Motivation and Team Building
Traditions are important in companies just as they are in families. And, nothing is more important than the annual traditions work places establish around the celebration of seasonal holidays. A holiday celebration builds positive morale which results in increased employee motivation. Motivation contributes to team building and productivity....

5 Management and Leadership Lessons From the Military Books
You may think of the armed services as rigid, hierarchical organizations but that is not the reality. These books about military leadership and management lay out the facts.

5 Tips for Effective Employee Recognition
Employee recognition is not just a nice thing to do. It is a critical communication factor that influences the behavior of your employees. Find out how to do it well.

More Lessons from Military Management and Leadership
Think leadership in the military services is top down, command and control? Think again. Here are five more of my favorite military management books.

Training and Development for Motivation and Retention: Training and...
One key factor in employee motivation and retention is the opportunity to continue to grow and develop job and career enhancing skills. There are a couple of secrets to what employees want from training and development opportunities, however. Plus, training and development opportunities are not just found in training classes and seminars. Learn...

Interpersonal Skills Job Interview Questions for Employers to Ask
The following sample job interview questions about interpersonal skills enable you to assess your candidates skill in interpersonal and work relationships. Feel free to use these job interview questions in your own candidate interviews.

A Majority of Employees Seek New Jobs
Seventy-five percent of all employees are looking for new jobs, according to the 2004 U.S. Job Recovery and Retention Survey. Thirty-eight percent of the human resource professionals surveyed said they have noticed an increase in turnover since the beginning of 2004. Employee turnover creates the need for aggressive employee retention programs....

Executive Job Offer Letter Sample: Introduction and Sample Executive Job Offer
Looking for a sample job offer letter for the executive, director, or other high level employee? Your candidates appreciate the job offer terms spelled out in detail. Use this executive job offer letter as a base for developing your own executive employment offer.

How to Evaluate a Resume Cover Letter and a Favorite Sample
As an employer, you are looking for a resume cover letter that will demonstrate that the applicant is qualified for the job. Here's what else you want to find and my favorite resume cover letter.

Nix Political Discussion at Work
In a workplace that honors diversity, every person’s politics, religious beliefs, sexual orientation and opinions about non-work issues, should, for the most part stay home. Unless you work in a setting that is dependant on a particular set of beliefs, political discussion potentially causes conflict and hard feelings. Nix politics and political...

Human Resources and Management OneStop Center
Looking for information about human resources, work force management and development or business management for your organization? You've found the right resource. Here’s what you'll need to effectively start, manage and develop your human resources department and manage your business and its people. Find policy samples, HR systems and plans...

Play a Bigger Role in Life: Build Your Self Esteem
Your self esteem can use a daily dose of exercise just like your physical self. Here you'll find ideas for building your self esteem and self confidence. Take a look and plan to play a bigger role in life.

The Mid-Life Challenge: Make a Plan to Re-ignite Career Passion
Nobody will stop you in the hallway at work to ask if your career provides meaning and personal fulfillment. Recognizing that something’s missing in your career and vocational life and taking the initiative to make a career change must come from within. These tips will help you take charge of re-igniting your career search and making your...

Use the Web for Recruiting: Recruit Online
Are you tempted to recruit talent online? If you haven't started recruiting on the web already, you're behind the curve. Most job sites allow you to reject resumes with unwanted keywords and locations. Do you think executive recruiting is best done in the off-line world? Think again. Executive recruiting is happening online. Here are tips to...

Promote Your Personal Growth and Motivation
Are you feeling blah about your life? Does boredom make you unmotivated and unexcited? Are you having a mid-life crisis? You can promote your personal growth and motivation to overcome this inertia. Here are ideas and tools that will help you explore personal growth, set new goals, choose motivation and get your life and work back on a course...

How to Improve Exit Interview Participation Rates
Exit interviews are one of the best ways to get feedback from employees. If the employee is leaving, she is more likely to give you honest feedback that you can use to improve.

Use Affirmations as Passwords
What do you type over and over on a daily basis if you use your computer to access email or the web? Your password, of course. If you're a road warrior, you use this access code even more frequently. Why not make the password user-friendly? Why not make the password an affirmation?

Leadership Values and Ethics: Secrets of Leadership Success
Leaders know what they value and they demonstrate ethical practices every day. Employees trust leaders who demonstrate their core values - honestly.

10 Tips For Taking Yourself Seriously, So Your Employees Do, Too
Looking for quick tips about how to set a positive example for staff members by taking the impact of your role as "boss" seriously? You've found ten tips here.

I Just Lost My Job: How Am I Going To Tell My Kids?
Have you experienced a job loss through a layoff or downsizing? Job loss and a job search are painful and upsetting for most people. Additionally, parents must tell family members about the job loss and mitigate their fears about the family, the income and the job search. Here are ten tips.

Secrets of Leadership Success
Want to know what skills to build for you to be regarded as a leader? Every employee has leadership potential. Find out more.

Behavioral Interview: Use a Behavioral Interview to Select the Best
Want to know how to identify whether the candidate you are interviewing is the best qualified for your job? Use behavioral interview questions. Learn more.

What Brings You Joy?
Do you experience joy at work? I do and I've shared what brings me joy. Won't you take a moment and share what bbrings you joy?

Powerful Performance Management - E-course
Managers cite performance appraisals or annual reviews as one of their most disliked tasks. Performance management eliminates the performance appraisal or annual review as the focus and concentrates on the entire spectrum of performance management and development issues. Employee performance development, training, cross-training and more are included in an effective performance management system.

Inspirational Quotes for Business and Work: Commitment
Looking for an inspirational quote or a business quotation about commitment for your newsletter, business presentation, bulletin board or inspirational posters? These commitment quotes are useful to help motivation and inspiration. These quotes about commitment will help you create success in business, success in management and success in life.

Performance Management: Sample Performance Development Plan Form
Do you need a performance development planning form that will help you write and track the work performance and development goals of employees? Here's a sample form to use.

Your Tip of the Week for Success in Work and Life
Looking for an immediate positive thought or an idea to pick your spirits up? Want good ideas, thoughtful quotations, self-motivation ideas, working well with people tips, newsletter fillers, news about trends affecting workplaces and more? Once a week, Your Tip of the Week for Success in Work and Life will uplift your spirit, make you smile, touch your heart and provide useful information.

Reference Checking
Do you think that checking references is an exercise in futility? I have had good luck checking references and this is the format that I use. Take a look.

Ten Tips to Help You Overcome Your Employment Gap
Concerned about getting back in the workforce after a gap in your employment? You should be. The job market appears to have qualified candidates for most positions. Employers hate to be risky. How will your resume as a stay at home parent, with a ten year employment gap, stack up against those of people who have been racking up career...

Identify and Live Your Personal Values
Values are traits or qualities that are considered worthwhile; they represent your highest priorities and deeply held driving forces. When you are part of any organization, you bring your deeply held values and beliefs to the organization. There they co-mingle with those of the other members to create an organization or family culture.

Employee Termination from an IT Perspective
Firing an employee can be a dirty job, but the IT department must help do it. It is necessary to involve IT in the employee termination process because a former employee who still has access to a company's network and proprietary corporate data is a security threat. Find out why and how the IT department needs to be involved in the termination...

Leadership Success Secrets: Leadership Inspiration
What makes a leader inspirational? The ability to inspire people to reach great heights of performance and success is a skill leaders need. Passion, purpose, listening and meaning help make a leader inspirational. Learn more about how to enable inspiration and motivation in the people you lead.

Free E-course: Recruit and Hire the Best
Recruiting the best employees for your organization is an ongoing challenge. If you're looking for solid, proven best practices and up-to-the-minute ideas in recruitment, interviewing and selection, you've found the right course. Sign up today!

Holiday Job Searching
Many job seekers are convinced that job hunting between Thanksgiving and the middle of January is a waste of time. If you buy into this myth, you are losing one of the better job searching seasons of the year. During this season, you enjoy reduced competition for jobs and more. Debunk the common job searching myths.

How to Fire With Compassion and Class
Managers cite firing employees as the job they most hate to do. Sometimes, terminating a staff person’s employment is the best step to take for your organization. Sometimes terminating a person’s employment is the kindest action you can take for the person. In some circumstances, firing an employee is an immediate necessity for the safety and...

Effective Meetings Produce Results: Twelve Tips for Meeting Planning and...
People spend so much time in meetings that turning meeting time into sustained results is a priority. Actions that make meetings successful occur before, during, and after the meeting. If you neglect any one of these opportunities, your meetings will not bear the fruit you desire. Take these twelve actions to guide meeting attendees to achieve...

Perform Exit Interviews: Questions for Exit Interviews
The exit interview is your opportunity to obtain information about what your organization is doing well - and, what your organization needs to do to improve. Exit interviews are key to organization improvement since rarely will you receive frank feedback from current employees. The exit interview questions you ask help you obtain actionable...

Holiday Job Searching
Many job seekers are convinced that job hunting between Thanksgiving and the middle of January is a waste of time. If you buy into this myth, you are losing one of the better job searching seasons of the year. During this season, you enjoy reduced competition for jobs and more. Debunk the common job searching myths.

Stress Less for the Holidays
Want to keep productivity and employee spirits positive during the holidays? Are you looking for ways to relieve holiday-related stress that your employees may experience during this time of the year? You can start by not causing stress. Then, here are fifteen ideas for alleviating the holiday stress that exists.

Personal Courage and Conflict Resolution at Work
Practicing personal courage is necessary if you want to really resolve conflicts at work. Many people are afraid of conflict resolution. They feel threatened by conflict resolution because they may not get what they want if the other party gets what they want. Even in the best circumstances, conflict resolution is uncomfortable because people...

Directory to Inspirational Quotes for Business and Work
Looking for an inspirational quote about work to use in a speech, presentation, newsletter, website or poster? This is the directory to all of the inspirational quotes on this HR site.

Singing the Job Search Blues: A Viewpoint From the Candidate
My recent article about "How to Make a Potential Employer Fall in Love With You" sparked both praise and controversy. There are two perspectives to every job search issue. In fact, a Forum reader said,"Want a job search perspective from the other side of the desk?" Want to hear more? He gave employers plenty of good, common-sense advice.

Build a Mentoring Culture
What does it take to develop people? More than writing “equal opportunity” into your organization’s mission statement. More than sending someone to a training class. More than hard work on the part of employees. What development does take is people who are willing to listen and help their colleagues. Development takes coaches, guides and...

How Do You Know When It's Time for You to Go?
Are you feeling increasingly unhappy about your job? Do you find yourself day dreaming about other things you could be doing with the time you spend at work? Do you dread the thought of Monday mornings? Then it may be time for you to quit your job. Take a look.

Lead the Team: How to Be the Person Others Follow
Leaders are hard to find. They exhibit a unique blend of charisma, vision and character traits that attract people to follow them. They exhibit the other nine characteristics around which this article series was developed, too. Successful leadership produces successful followership. Find out more.

Top 10 Tips for Successful Employee Recruiting
Need to know more about recruiting superior employees? You can if you use a systematic process and focus on improving your pool of candidates. Here are ten more tips about recruiting employees.

Create the Life You Want With a Mid-Career Crisis
Are you working in a career you love? If not, why not consider a career change? Here are career resources and tests, and career planning tools to help you consider careers you might love.

Top Ten Ways to Retain Your Great Employees
Key employee retention is critical to the long term health and success of your business. Managers readily agree that their role is key in retaining your best employees to ensure business success. If managers can cite this fact so well, why do many behave in ways that so frequently encourage great employees to quit their job? Here are ten more...

How to Reduce the Cost of Advertising: Ad Adventures
It’s expensive to advertise available positions in newspaper classifieds and online. You can significantly reduce the cost of online advertising and classified advertising with a bit of effort and rewriting. The cost savings is definitely worth your time. Want to know more? I'll share a recent experience.

I-9 File Contents
Filling out an I-9 form on every employee is required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), formerly the INS. You may want to keep all employee I-9 forms in a separate personnel file for these reasons.

Personnel Files Definition
An employee personnel file is an employers’ saved documentation of the history and status of the entire employment relationship with an individual employee. The employer maintains this employment documentation in a personnel file for three reasons. Multiple personnel files are maintained for each employee. Learn more.

Personnel Files Definition
An employee personnel file is an employers’ saved documentation of the history and status of the entire employment relationship with an individual employee. The employer maintains this employment documentation in a personnel file for three reasons. Multiple personnel files are maintained for each employee. Learn more.

What People Want From Work: Employee Motivation and Positive Morale
Some people work for personal fulfillment; others work for love of what they do. Others work to accomplish goals and to feel as if they are contributing to something larger than themselves. The bottom line is that we all work for money and for reasons too individual to assign similarities to all workers. Learn more.

Job Candidate Evaluation Form
You want samples and examples, so, this featured tool is a Job Candidate Evaluation Form. Useful for comparing candidates, it also gives your interviewers information about the skills they need to assess in each candidate. Take a look and remember, you can print a printer-friendly version.

How to Write a Recommendation Letter
A recommendation letter plays a specific role in the world of Human Resources and employment. A recommendation letter is occasionally needed, but never preferred. Employers would rather speak directly with the former supervisors of their prospective employees. However, employers realize that direct communication is not always possible - hence...

Leadership Success Secrets: Leadership Rewards and Recognition
A leader makes other people feel important and appreciated. The leader excels at creating opportunities to provide rewards, recognition and thanks to his or her staff. A leader creates a work environment in which people feel important and appreciated. Learn more about rewards and recognition in this fifth article in my Leadership Success series.

5 More Interview Red Flags for Employers
Want to know the types of behaviors and actions that should red flag the employer about a potential employee? Watch out for these five.

Rejection Letter Example
Want a rejection letter example that you can use to notify a prospective employee that he didn't get the job? Here's an example of a straightforward rejection letter.

Management Development?
Management Development is the overall concept or terminology that describes the many ways that organizations help employees develop their personal and organizational skills, either as managers or with a management job in mind. Management development includes opportunities for employees to develop their skills. Management development encompasses...

Letter to Welcome a New Employee
Here's a sample welcome letter that you can use as a guide to write letters that welcome your new employees. This letter includes the new employee's schedule for his first day.

Communication in the Workplace
Here's a definition for workplace communication that emphasizes the five main components in effective communication. It also discusses the impact of the workplace environment on communication.

Communication in the Workplace
Here's a definition for workplace communication that emphasizes the five main components in effective communication. It also discusses the impact of the workplace environment on communication.

Employment Ending Checklist
Employees leave your organization for good and bad reasons. On the positive side, they find new opportunities, go back to school, retire or land their dream job. Less positively, they are fired for poor performance or attendance or experience a layoff because of a business downturn. In each instance, you need an employment termination checklist...

Communication in the Workplace
Here's a definition for workplace communication that emphasizes the five main components in effective communication. It also discusses the impact of the workplace environment on communication.

Ten Deadly Mistakes Job Searchers Make
Sometimes the simplest mistakes make all the difference in the potential joining together of an employer and a job searcher. These opportunities to fail occur before the first phone call is ever exchanged. If you’re an employer, these simple, yet serious, job searcher mistakes tell you volumes about the candidate. These ten deadly mistakes...

Starting Salary
Want to know how an employer determines what to offer job candidates as starting salary? here are the factors.

The Most Important Management Secret
The Pygmalion and Galatea effects describe the impact of expectations on an employee's performance at work. Learn more.

Chain of Command
Want to know the plusses and minuses of a chain of command in an organization? An older concept, the chain of command may not work as effectively in today's fast changing work environments. Find out more.

Internal Job Application for Career Opportunities
Looking for a format to use for your internal job application process? You do post job openings for your internal staff first, right? This form will give you a head start as you develop your internal job application and career opportunities process for current employees. Take a look and feel free to use or modify the form to meet your...

Manage Social Media Job References
Online social media sites present job reference challenges for managers and organizations. How much reference and background checking does an employer want to do online? And, how trustworthy and dependable is the information in social media? Find a recommended approach.

Workplace Conflict Resolution
As an organization leader, manager or supervisor, you are responsible for creating a work environment that enables people to thrive. If turf wars, conflicts, disagreements and differences of opinion escalate into interpersonal conflict, you must intervene immediately. Conflict resolution, with you as mediator, is essential. Conflict resolution...

Negligent Hiring Claims
Interested to learn more about negligent hiring claims? They're not everyday happenings, but you need to take care not to set up a situation that could lead to a claim when you hire employees. Learn more.

My 15 Best Tips for Successful Disagreement
Want to know how to disagree more effectively in ways that preserve and enhance relationships? Here are my 15 best tips.

Performance Development Planning
Are you looking for the process that provides the heart of your performance management system? You've found it. The Performance Development Planning (PDP) process enables you and the people who report to you to identify their personal and business goals that are most significant to your organization's success.

Make Job Descriptions Easy for Employers
How you approach job decriptions in your organization can make all of the difference in whether they are kept up-to-date and owned by the employee and his or her manager. Want to try a new approach to developing job descriptions?

7 Employee Recognition Tips
Why do managers act as if employee recognition is such a scarce resource? Used effectively, recognition helps you create a workplace culture that honors people and progress. Learn more.

Beyond Traditional SMART Goals
Once upon a time, in a business world that seems remote, SMART goals (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-based) were enough to support business success. No more. Goal setting is the foundation for success. It is time, however, in today's business environment, to expand the meaning of SMART goals. And, perhaps, one word per...

Team Building and Delegation: How and When to Empower People
Employee involvement is creating an environment in which people have an impact on decisions and actions that affect their jobs. Team building occurs when the manager knows when to tell, sell, consult, join, or delegate to staff. For employee involvement and empowerment, both team building and delegation rule. Learn more.

You Can Consciously Choose Your Corporate Culture
Whether you're starting with the corporate culture you've developed over time or have the luxury of forming a new one consciously, use theseideas to get started. You can consciously form your culture.

Personnel Files Definition
An employee personnel file is an employers saved documentation of the history and status of the entire employment relationship with an individual employee. The employer maintains this employment documentation in a personnel file for three reasons. Multiple personnel files are maintained for each employee. Learn more.

Why Perform Job Evaluations?
Need to understand job evaluation and its impact on compensation? Find out how job evaluations can help you create equitable compensation through classifying jobs appropriately.

Employee Resigns to Become a Stay-at-Home Mom
Need a resignation letter sample to use as a guide to resign from your employment? In this resignation letter sample, an employee resigns from her job to stay at home with her new baby.

Bad to the Bone: Dealing With a Bad Boss
You're weary. You're frustrated. You're unhappy. You're demotivated. Your interaction with your boss leaves you cold. He's a bully, intrusive, controlling, picky and petty. He takes credit for your work, never provides positive feedback and misses each meeting he schedules with you. He's a bad boss, bad to the bone. Dealing with less than...

Tips for Effective Delegation as a Leadership Style
Your leadership style is situational. Your leadership style depends on the task, the team or individual's capabilities and knowledge, the time and tools available and the results desired. These six tips for successful delegation will help you with employee involvement and employee empowerment as your selected leadership style.

What Is a Job Offer?
Interested in knowing more about job offers? They're made by an employer who wants to hire an employee. See what's included in a standard job offer.

What Is an ESOP?
Want to know what an ESOP is and the advantages for employees and owners of a company with an Employee Stock Ownership Plan? Here is how an ESOP works for employees and owners.

What Works in Employee Recruitment for Sourcing and Hiring Employees?
Need insight into how to spend your employee recruitment dollars and time? SilkRoad's second annual study gives you information about what yields results. Learn more about successful employee recruitment.

Keys to Team Building Success: How to Make Team Building Activities Successful
Want to make your next team building activity or team building exercise live up to its true potential? Integrate the team building with real-time work goals. Establish a systematic workplace integration and follow-up process - before you go on the team building adventure. You need to make the good feelings and the outcomes from the team building...

Tips for Weekly Training - In-House
In my usual approach to training, I meet with groups weekly for a two hour training session. These sessions can last for several years, although we do tend to limit the frequency over time.

Recruiting Stars: Top Ten Ways to Get Great Candidates
Are you interested in building a talent pool to tap into when you need a new employee? Here are ten tips about how to develop a candidate pool.

Businesses Have Options in Dealing with the Affordable Care Act
While the Affordable Care Act may have positive results for many, it creates problems for small- to mid-sized businesses. See what employers can do to prepare with their penalties postponed until 2015.

Tips for a Better New Employee Orientation
Want to know what modern organizations are doing with new employee orientation? It's not your traditional signing of policy acknowledgements. Find out what's new in employee orientation.

Your Favorite HR Articles of 2012
Interested in what was the most popular from the articles published on the Human Resources site in 2012? Here are readers' additional four favorite articles.

7 Tips for Management Success
Do you want to become a successful manager? Here are seven tips for you if you want to become a great manager.

How to Retain Your Best Employees
Interested in keeping your best employees when the job market rebounds? Retention will be a challenge, according to a recent study. Retention requires a competitive salary and great benefits. However, retention of your best requires a whole lot more. Employee involvement, recognition, advancement, development and pay based on performance just...

Employee Announcement: Background and Experience
When a new employee begins work at your company, you will want to announce his or her starting date and job details with an emailed employee announcement. The emailed employee announcement lets other employees know about their new coworker. The emailed employee announcement makes the new employee feel welcome and part of the team quickly. An...

Initial Phone Screening: Telephone Interview
The telephone interview allows the employer to determine whether the candidate's qualifications, experience, workplace preferences and salary needs are congruent with the position and organization. Learn more about a phone screen and see sample questions to ask.

Communication in the Workplace
Here's a definition for workplace communication that emphasizes the five main components in effective communication. It also discusses the impact of the workplace environment on communication.

Resignation Letter Template
Need to resign from your job? This resignation letter template gives you the sample you need to write a professional resignation letter. Take a look.

Harness the Power of an Employee Suggestion Program
The pitfalls of an ill-conceived employee suggestion program are multiple, legendary and most frequently - avoidable. A carefully constructed suggestion program, launched with organizational commitment, clarity and ongoing communication can positively impact your bottom line. With these tips and ideas you can implement an employee suggestion...

Human Resources Information System (HRIS)
The Human Resource Information System (HRIS is a software or online solution for the data entry, data tracking, and data information needs of the Human Resources function within a business. Normally packaged as a data base, hundreds of companies sell some form of HRIS and every HRIS has different capabilities. Pick your HRIS carefully based on...

How to Recruit and Hire the Best: A Checklist for Success
Want to recruit and hire a superior workforce? This checklist will help you systematize your hiring process. The checklist helps you keep track of your recruiting efforts. It communicates both the recruiting and the hiring process and progress in recruiting to the hiring manager. Take a look and provide feedback.

Sample Employment Offer Letter
Need a simple, sample employment offer letter for every day use? Use this sample employment offer letter for most positions in your organization. This sample offer letter is written following verbal agreement on the terms and conditions of employment. This sample employment offer letter is most useful for beginning to mid-level positions.

Sample, Simple Resignation Letter
Here's a sample letter of resignation written like a resignation letter that an employer would like to receive. Burn no bridges when you resign. The resignation letter is placed in your ersonnel file - forever. Here's a sample resignation letter that you can use to craft your own when you resign.

Interview Questions to Ask Applicants for Human Resources Jobs
Do you need interview questions that will help you identify the skills and experiences of your HR department job applicants? Here are sample interview questions for prospective HR staff.

How to Walk Your Talk
If you work in an organization, youve heard this complaint repeatedly. Leaders and managers say they want change and continuous improvement but they dont walk their talk. The power of an organizations leaders in creating the organizations values, environment, culture and actions is immeasurable. Want to know how...

Job Rejection Letter Sample
Do you need a sample job rejection letter? This sample job rejection letter is for candidates who interviewed with your organization twice. It is painful to send a job rejection letter to a candidate who you found qualified enough to tap for a second interview. But, it happens. Use this sample job rejection letter to professionally and politely,...

Top Ten Ways to Show Appreciation
You can tell your colleagues, coworkers and staff how much you value them and their contribution any day of the year. Trust me. No occasion is necessary. In fact, small surprises and tokens of your appreciation spread throughout the year help the people in your work life feel valued all year long.

Top 10 Reasons Why Employees Quit Their Job
Are you concerned about retaining your best, most contributing employees? You should be. Here are the top 10 reasons why employees quit their job. These are work conditions you control.

Build a Strategic Framework: Mission Statement, Vision ...
Are you interested in developing your organization's vision, mission, values, strategies, goals and action plans? If so, here's how you can.

Performance Improvement Plan
The Performance Improvement Plan (PDP) facilitates constructive discussion between an employee and the supervisor and specifies the work performance to improve. Learn more about a PIP.

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