From the archive: Paying Employees During Bad Weather Closings

Weather snowstorms, such as the brutal cold bearing down on the US, have caused a number of employers to close. Here in Atlanta, the threat of a snowstorm caused the state government to close, as well as the City of Atlanta and other local governments. Many businesses also closed because of this threat. When that …

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"Comp Time": A Big "No-No" in the Private Sector- From the Archive

I often get comments on my posts that are questions or pleas for help. I received on yesterday on the subject of comp time. As a result, I decided to republish this post from the past to explain how a private sector employer must handle employees who work overtime. One area of the Fair Labor …

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Future Friday: Has the future of work been dealt a setback?

In the past several years there has been a great deal written about the changing world of work. Tom Peter’s talked about it when he discussed “You, Inc.”; Dan Pink wrote about it in Drive! and I have written about it numerous times in my Future Friday posts. We have seen the reference to the …

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The Role of the HR Department in Company Productivity

  In the dictionary the word productivity is defined as the quality, state, or fact of being able to generate, create, enhance, or bring forth goods and services. Every organization, every department in that organization needs to be about productivity, including the Human Resources department. HR as a driver In a recent issue of Business …

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Looking at the Future: Some Predictions for 2012

This is number 801 on this blog and at the end of the year it is about next year. One of my favorite “futurists” is Joyce Gioia who writes the Herman Trend Alert. I have selected several of her prognosications to post some excerts of here today. So here is Looking at the Future: Some Preditions …

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Time, Talent or Incentive? What Makes For the Best Employee?

We have all heard by now the 10,000 hour rule that was popularized by Malcolm Gladwell in Outliers. Here in my hometown of Atlanta, Georgia there is a plumbing company that even uses the concept in their commercials. They brag that all their plumbers have 10,000 hours of practice and thus they are the most …

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The Top Five Soft Skills Necessary for the HR Professional

I was interviewed the other day as an HR “expert.” Naturally I was flattered. I am a sucker for an ego play. They wanted to talk about what it is like to be in HR and what does it take to get there. There were a number of questions, and I will have the podcast …

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Blogging and Tweeting in HR

There are many HR bloggers and Tweeters out in the world. Probably more tweeters than bloggers. Blogging is tough and you have to have a desire to be a writer, particularly since to be an effective blogger you have to produce content… a lot of content. Since I am wrapped up in the social media …

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The HR Department Cannot Be the Only Defense.

I originally posted this in 2009 so the incident reference may be dated but the lesson is no less important. In fact in today’s employment law world it is even more important for superisors and managers to have some training… no make that a lot of training, in employment laws. So read this post which …

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Employee Birthdays: Recognition or No?

Today is my birthday! No I am not fishing for birthday wishes.. well maybe a few LOL. But as I got to my birthday it made me think about how companies recognize employee birthdays, if indeed they do. So I did some Internet searching and came across several articles about celebrating birthdays. One such post …

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