From the Archive: Learn to be funny it will improve your Communication Skills

Yesterday I gave a presentation to the North Alabama SHRM conference in Huntsville, Alabama. I tried to incorporate some humor in to my presentation, even though the topic of investigations is not really a humorous subject. I hope it worked. Regardless these are still good tips that I wanted to reaffirm for readers. Most people …

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Lunch time and the telecommuting employee

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires that nonexempt employees are paid for ALL time worked. It is the tracking of this time that becomes the basis for payment of overtime. The requirement under the FLSA is that nonexempt employees are paid overtime for all hours worked that exceed 40 hours in a week. Seems …

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How to go from Influencer to decision-maker: Why I am planning on visiting the vendors at SHRM 2013

  The SHRM national convention will be held in Chicago this month on June 16th through the 19th.  I am attending as an official blogger which makes me “Press”. I feel a bit funny with that title but I did it last year in Atlanta as well. It was fun, I learned a lot, especially …

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Metrics in HR: A Final Report from SHRM Atlanta

  The SHRM Atlanta 23rd Annual Conference ended with a session entitled HR Thinking Creatively: How All Lines of Business Affect Your Recruiting Strategy presented by Julie Moreland of PeopleClues and Dave Ryan of Melo-O-Cream Donuts International. To me their message was about developing metrics in HR. Metrics that matter. Metrics It is well known …

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A big KEY to making the most of your conference experience

  I am preparing to attend the SHRM-Atlanta 2013 conference on Monday April 29th and Tuesday April 30th. I will be blogging and live Tweeting from the sessions and the conference marketplace. Whether you are attending this conference or any of the multiple SHRM affiliated conferences here is a KEY tip for making the most …

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Yahoo is making a Mistake Using Telework as the Scapegoat

  I am probably the last person to comment on the action of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer who has eliminated teleworking at Yahoo. She was hired to whip Yahoo in shape but I think she is making a mistake by using telework as the scapegoat for poor management. Teleworking works I have seen the benefits …

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Steps in Handling Employee Resignations

  A small client asked me the other day “What do you do when someone resigns?” For someone who has been in HR for a long time you just don’t think about that anymore, you just do it. But the question made me think that they may not be the only company out there that …

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How to Build in Overtime: Non-Exempt Employees and Smart Phone Use

  I am sitting watching the news when a report comes up talking about a lawsuit filed in Chicago by a police sergeant. He claims as a non-exempt employee is due overtime for all the off-duty use of his Blackberry. The courts have allowed him to seek other members of the police department for a …

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Should Employers “Ban the Box”?

  There are an increasing number of jurisdictions that are joining the “ban the box” movement, the most recent being the state of Delaware. The “ban the box” campaign is the movement to get the question about criminal convictions or history removed from all employment applications. My question is “Should employers ‘ban the box’?” EEOC …

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