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Employing people starts with the recognition that you need an employee and ends when the employee leaves your organization. Find information here on everything from recruiting, hiring, and orienting to training, policies, salary and benefits, performance management and improvement, and orgnization communication and culture. Find all of the basics about Human Resources.
  1. Develop and Manage a Human Resources Department
  2. How to Recruit and Hire a Superior Workforce
  3. Select Applicants for Your Short List
  4. Job Interviews
  5. From Job Interview Completion to Employee Start Date
  6. HR Management FAQs / Basics
  7. Organization Development / Change Management / Culture
  8. Organizational Communication
  9. Job Descriptions
  1. Policies, Samples, Checklists, and Forms
  2. Salary and Benefits
  3. Employee Development, Training, and Ice Breakers
  4. Employee Retention
  5. Employee Health, Wellness, and Work-Life Balance
  6. Rewards and Recognition
  7. Strategic Planning and Management
  8. Workplace Relationships and Performance Improvement
  9. When Employment Ends: Layoffs, Job Termination, Firing, Resignations

Develop and Manage a Human Resources Department

The Human Resources function is served in an organization long before an HR department is formed. Because paying employees starts out in accounting, usually an accounting and payroll clerk gets the nod. Recruiting, hiring, training, and all of the other HR functions are performed hit or miss with just about everyone in the organization doing a part of the role. But, as the organization grows, so, too, does the need for professional HR staff. Want to know more about Human Resources, the HR department, the HR function and more? You've stopped by the right door.

How to Recruit and Hire a Superior Workforce

When recruiting, selecting, staffing and hiring, pick the smartest person you can find. Retention of your best employees starts with your recruiting, staffing and hiring strategies, policies and procedures. Recruiting, testing, selection and staffing are the focus of these resources, from the determination of the need to fill a position until the onsite job interview.

Select Applicants for Your Short List

Review Job Application Materials Carefully

Once posted, your job opening attracts many applicants. Selecting the best applicants for an interview sometimes feels like a crap shoot, but you can improve your chances of selecting qualified potential employees for interviews. These resources will help you determine your short list of applicants to interview.

Job Interviews

How to conduct a safe, legal interview that also enables you to select the best candidate for your open positions is important. The interview is one of the significant factors in hiring. Perhaps the traditional interview is accorded too much power in selection. Learn more interviewing tips and interviewing techniques to make your interviews a powerful tool and process to evaluate candidates.

From Job Interview Completion to Employee Start Date

Candidate Accepts Your Offer and You Plan the Start Date

Upon completion of job interviews, the selection process for employees ensures a successful employee - done well. Treating candidates with respect and using systematic methods to ensure you are selecting the most qualified candidate are important. Negotiating an appropriate salary and making a job offer that helps the potential employee and the candidates you didn't select feel valued is critical. All of the interaction following the interviews lays the foundation for your relationship with your new employee. Your interaction with the candidates not selected lays the groundwork for your reputation as an employer.

HR Management FAQs / Basics

Human Resources Staff Work With People

Human Resources Management presents special challenges for the Human Resources leader in organizations. Effective Human Resources Management requires special HR tools, special approaches to management, and access to professional Human Resources associations, education, and publications. Find out what people do who work in Human Resources. Learn more about all aspects of management specific to Human Resources management.

Organization Development / Change Management / Culture

You can consciously shape the culture of your organization if you understand what culture is, how to assess your current culture, how to establish the culture you need for your organization's success, and how to implement and manage the changes necessary to create the desired culture. Other aspects of organization development are highlighted.

Organizational Communication

Communication and Meetings Help Form Your Environment for People

Effective communication does more than keep employees informed. Effective communication helps employees understand the over-riding mission and vision of your organization. It provides the unifying glue that helps employees feel as if they are part of something bigger than themselves and their job. Effective communication forms the basis for the interpersonal relationships that work to serve the needs of the employees, the customers, and the organization. Can it get any better than that?

Job Descriptions

Job Descriptions Help Employees Understand Your Clear Expectations for Performance

Job descriptions can provide guidance about what is expected from an employee who is working in a particular role within your company. Job descriptions can also serve as a limiting factor when your expectation of employees is that they do whatever is necessary to serve the customer, develop and sell great products, and contribute to a convivial work environment that supports the accomplishment of your organization's goals. So, job descriptions are good and bad. Use job descriptions for clarity, not limiting.

Policies, Samples, Checklists, and Forms

Policies Help You to Create an Organized Work Environment

Sample policies, checklists, forms, and examples save you work. And, that is my intention; you can use or modify these samples for your individual, but not commercial, use. I have a second, much more important goal, for this Web site. I want to encourage forward thinking employee relationships and people-oriented workplaces. Employees who feel valued are more successful in developing products, serving customers, and delivering their discretionary energy to serving your business.

Salary and Benefits

Compensation Packages Are Crucial for Key Employee Retention

Don't underestimate the importance of salary and benefits as both an issue in attracting, hiring and retaining great employees and in ongoing levels of employee motivation. Work is about the money and earning a living. Work becomes not about the money only when employees have "enough" money to meet their basic living expenses. Learn the trends in benefits and compensation. Find out how to set a motivating salary. Discover the benefits most important to your employees.

Employee Development, Training, and Ice Breakers

Employee Development Occurs in Classes andVia Mentorin, Coaching, and Job Content

Training and staff development ensure that your workforce will continue to develop the skills necessary for success both now and in the future. Effective needs assessment, training provision, and training transfer or training application on the job provide the framework necessary for training success in your organization. Tailoring skill development for adults requires attention to adult learning methods, ice breakers, mentoring, coaching, and team building activities.

Employee Retention

Employee Appreciation Is Key in Employee Retention

Employee retention, especially of your best, most desirable employees, is a key challenge in organizations today. Use these tips, articles, tools and ideas to learn employee retention strategies that will help you retain your best staff. Learn loyalty strategies for employee retention.

Employee Health, Wellness, and Work-Life Balance

Work-Life Balance Is Essential to Employee Health and Wellness

Looking for information about how to manage your work life? Here you'll find information about stress management, time management, work-life balance, safety, workplace security and housekeeping, burnout, coping, job sharing and other creative scheduling arrangements, and employee wellness.

Rewards and Recognition

Employee Recognition Is as Simple as a Heart Felt Thank You

Looking for ideas about employee recognition, employee rewards, employee awards and just thanking employees? Look no further. Ideas for both formal and informal employee recognition and employee rewards are here. Your only limit in employee recognition and in rewarding and thanking employees is your imagination.

Strategic Planning and Management

Looking for information specific to the management of human resources, the human resource profession, the roles of a human resources professional or the strategic partnership of human resources managers with leadership teams? You've found it here. Read more to understand the opportunities for value added from human resources professionals in your organization.

Workplace Relationships and Performance Improvement

Effective Workplace Relationships Make Accomplishments the Focus of Employee Energy

Workplace relationships, civil treatment of coworkers, and avoidance of negative interpersonal communication are hallmarks of an employee friendly workplace. Effective conflict resolution skills, the ability to provide important feedback, and support to address inappropriate employee behavior drive success.

When Employment Ends: Layoffs, Job Termination, Firing, Resignations

Employment Termination Is a Time for Thoughtful Career Assessment

Employment ends for positive reasons such as a new job, a resignation or retirement. Employment also ends for more negative reasons such as layoffs, downsizing, job termination or firing. Whatever the reason for the job change, help is available to aid you in the transition. These resources will help you decide whether or when, or aid you in an involuntary job loss. Take a look.

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