Overall, the theme of this “Workplace Survival” game is flexibility. If you want to be an employee or an employer, there really is no stability. Here is how to stay alive if you choose to play. Choose your weapons wisely. Know your strengths and your weaknesses so you can adapt.
Millennials are no longer the newbies. As HR experts, we are “over” overanalyzing this generation. We’re also tired of everyone blaming them for whatever ails us at the moment. It’s time to press the refresh button. Welcome Generation Z! This generation is the largest on the planet, numbering 72 million and counting. Ages 25 and younger, they represent 25.9 percent of the population and by 2020 they will account for one-third.
If mainstream Democrats won in November, we would have been able to predict future actions of the National Labor Relations Board. If mainstream Republicans won, we would have made confident decisions based on party lines. President Elect Trump is a wild card. Sometimes he goes party, then he does a 180. Employers are asking, “What now? How do I plan?” Here are five tips:
We are so email-heavy that we have to nitpick down to the detail. Our employees need to be good at email, because largely that is our product. What is the percentage of job function that email captures at your company? Here are some high level points to share with your employees at your next office meeting or training.
A hashtag — in the olden days known as “the pound sign” — is a word or group of words after the # sign like #hashtag, #buylocal or #marketing. Marketers use them as a way to engage your company’s brand with your market through social media (Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Pinterest and Facebook). Why do they matter? Hashtags are searchable, allowing you to become part of a larger conversation with a larger audience — in fact, an instantly global audience. Intrigued? You need a few good strategies.
It’s lunch time. Your friend and fellow CEO starts to lament about being fined by the state for Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) infractions. What do you do? a) Buy him a beer; b) give him the name of a good labor lawyer; or c) drift off to sleep (the NRS topic is a real snoozer) while wondering, “Have I made the same mistake?” NRS may evoke a yawn, but compliance is important. Take a look at this checklist for the laws that often trip up employers.
Why do an investigation? The onus is always on the employer. Ignorance equals risk. Begin an investigation when the gossip starts, before you receive a complaint and before you are sued. The three most common issues involved in an investigation are harassment, whistleblower, and discrimination. Whatever the issue, following the suggestions below can help manage the risk.
We are preparing the next workforce, and they are preparing us. Generation Y, Z and younger definitely have their personal preferences that will influence whether they choose to work for you or a competitor. BYOD is a term that means a worker can bring their own device — smart phone, laptop, iPad, etc. — to work. It is a sticking point now and contention will grow as younger employees push back on their employers’ need for risk management.
Our reputation as an employer is important. Our image affects talent attraction, engagement, and retention strategies. In this competitive marketplace, HR has become a marketing arm for employees just as traditional marketing departments apply tools for attracting and retaining clients and customers. Here are four tips for creating a relevant employment brand.