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10 Workplace Conflict Resolution Best Practices

No workplace is conflict-free. In fact, workplace conflict is likely more common than most employers probably realize – and it erodes more productivity than any employer wants. CPP Inc. – the organization that publishes the Myers-Briggs personality assessment and the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument – commissioned a study of workplace conflict and found that employees[…]

What Happens If Employers Violate Labor Laws?

Labor law is one of the thorniest issues with which employers must comply. Specifically, most businesses are subject to a host of regulatory and legal requirements at the federal, state, and local levels. Cumulatively, these regulations are intended to protect workers. For example, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects workers from discrimination, while the[…]

How to Improve Your PEO Relationship

For many HR organizations, outsourcing some or all of their HR functions is crucial. They are facing a gap between business growth but insufficient HR budgeting and staffing. As HR Tech Weekly writes, “This creates productivity and efficiency gaps that HR must overcome.” For many HR groups (especially in small businesses), a professional employer organization (PEO) is[…]

Evidence-Based HR 103: Why Modern HR Organizations Need Data Science

In our “Evidence-Based HR 101” (EBHR) article, we introduced the idea of using evidence to support HR decision-making. We described EBHR as the idea that HR should make decisions based on proven evidence, hard data, and experimental studies in order to eliminate subjectivity, uncertainty, and risk. In our follow-up “102” post, we discussed best practices,[…]

HR Risk Management Part 3: Risk Monitoring

In our first post in this risk management series, we noted how few HR organizations address people-related risks. According to consultancy group EY, “HR risks continue to be absent from the risk management framework. Only 36% of [survey] respondents indicated HR risks are included as part of the risk management framework.” In our next post in[…]

Recruitment Tactics When Faced with Serious Staffing Shortages

Talent shortages are likely to reach critical levels over the next decade. Analysts at the Korn Ferry Institute predict that the global talent shortage could hit 85.2 million people by 2030. Consultancy firm Gartner agrees: its 2018 Emerging Risks Survey found that a talent shortage is an employers’ most commonly cited risk. The hardest hit industries include financial[…]

Partnering with a PEO to Improve Business Efficiencies

Operational efficiency is critical to business effectiveness. Market research firm IDC says that companies can lose as much as 30% in revenue annually due to inefficiencies. Thankfully, Human Resources can play a prominent role in driving greater efficiencies. Strategic outsourcing can help even more. According to consultancy firm The Hackett Group’s research report, “Forging a[…]

Improving the Relationships Between HR and Other Departments

In many organizations, individual departments operate independently of each other. Where there should be alignment and collaboration, instead silence or even fiction can fester. This “silo mentality” can inhibit the company’s ability to achieve business objectives and lead to self-defeating internal strife. The Human Resources department can play a pivotal role in bridging inter-departmental gaps.[…]

Why Outsource your Human Resources? Here are a Dozen Benefits.

The decision to outsource all or part of an organization’s HR work can be difficult to make. Many business owners and executives are understandably leery of whether the investment in an HR vendor or professional employer organization (PEO) will really pay dividends. That said, HR outsourcing can be an incredibly powerful tool for boosting business[…]

Social Media Best Practices for Small Businesses

Social media is a big deal for small businesses. According to research from social media company Sprout, more than half (57.5%) of people are more likely to buy from a brand if they follow them on social media. However, social media is a complex and intricate area of marketing that demands its own expertise to execute well, and it’s[…]