How to Handle HR in a Telecommuting Office

With more and more companies turning to occasional work from home days (or eliminating a traditional office altogether) it’s clear that the role of the human resources department has to change too. The HR function becomes much more difficult when employees aren’t in the office all the time, or at all. If your business operates off of a telecommute model, here are some tips for managing HR: Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh and informative content.

Top Tips for the New Human Resources Professional

When you first enter the HR department in an organization, you may feel overwhelmed. You play an integral part of the company’s success, and you want to be sure you know how to handle this responsibility. If you have just begun a career as an HR professional, here are some tips and tricks that you should keep in mind in order to ensure success in the field: Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh and informative content.

What To Do About Social Media in HR

Increasingly when I undertake disciplinary training with managers the question of social media often arises. Among the questions I am asked are: ‘what can we do about Facebook posts?’, and ‘can we stop employees saying what they like on Twitter?’ This last one is a difficult question as it’s a combination of yes and no which does frustrate managers who will have different views themselves on what they consider acceptable. Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh and informative content.

Human Resources and Marketing Departments: Allies with a Common Goal

As part of your company’s HR department, there are probably times when you feel like you’re part of a lonely, little group that’s laboring away to achieve company goals. You may feel that human resources is a misunderstood department; one that’s seen by others as working against the rest of the team, instead of with it. After all, you’re trying to fortify your small business with good employees, while other departments, like the marketing team, is trying to build business so those employees have work. Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh Continue reading

Workplace Toxin: Office Politics

Any workplace is much more complex than it seems at first, and part of being a member of the workforce, especially in a managerial position, is deciphering what is really going on in a work environment – and effectively dealing with any issues that arise before they become bigger problems. One unfortunately common issue that adversely affects many places of work is office politics. Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh and informative content.

Job Monogamy, or Where Has the Loyalty Gone?

In a recent article, I discussed the notion that there is no longer such thing as job security. Some believe that company loyalty to employees is a thing of the past and employees are smart to take care, maybe even get out of the corporate world and set off on their own. But is the opposite also true? Are employees growing less loyal to the companies they work for? Jana Kasperkevic at Inc.com says yes, based on an article from the Harvard Business Review. She also says that this isn’t a bad thing. Like this article? Subscribe to our HR Continue reading

3 Most Important Traits of an HR Professional – From the Perspective of a Recruiter

With over 30 years in the recruiting business, including 25 as the founder and president of my own Houston staffing agency, I have had the good fortune to work with a number of exceptional HR professionals. While as with any profession, there is no one size fits all approach, I have observed several traits that are consistently demonstrated among those who have risen to the top of the HR field. Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh and informative content.

Counterpoint: Why HR is a Necessity, Not a Necessary Evil

Human Resources departments are taking a lot of flack lately. It seems the Toby Flendersons of the world have given poor HR people a bad rep. I’m here to tell you, though, that not only do I love HR (and no for the record I am not an HR manager) but that HR is crucial to the success of a company and its workplace environment. Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh and informative content.

Decoding Dilbert (Part 2)

Decoding Dilbert

Welcome back to Decoding Dilbert, where we find Human Resources lessons in Scott Adams’ popular workplace comic. If you’re new here, check out Part 1. This week, we’ll joke about one worker’s incompetence, as the comic intends. However, we’ll also explain why this common cubicle pastime contributes to employee error and friction between co-workers. Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh and informative content.

Decoding Dilbert (Part 1)

Decoding Dilbert

Since its debut in 1989, the comic strip Dilbert has exemplified the plight of office workers. The short, funny, and often all-too-familiar scenarios go great with morning coffee, and remind workers everywhere that “we’re in this together.” However, from a human resources perspective, a lot can be learned from the mishaps of Dilbert and his co-workers. The situations in the comic strips represent real office problems; even when disguised with robots, Dogbert, and Elbonians. Perhaps especially when disguised with robots, Dogbert, and Elbonians. Let’s dive into the world of comic strips, and discover a new way of looking at our Continue reading