While horror stories exist, in some cases private equity takeovers can lead to healthy updates to management methods and practices.
In the last year we have had an influx of new hires who are either unable to come to work on time or call in to report that they won't be coming to work. We have a firm policy on attendance and timeliness and terminate after several warnings. How should we address this issue in a way that reinforces the importance of timeliness? Are other companies having this problem? Should we just begin firing people and start the recruitment process all over again?
—Fed Up, business services, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Of the nearly 300 corporate executives, managers and employees who took a recent survey, nearly 40 percent said sex and relationships were the most taboo workplace topic.Read More
Leaders at Big Blue and elsewhere could blush a deep pink if Tom Vines is correct about where performance management, crowdsourcing and social media are heading.Read More
Overall, minorities account for only 12 percent of the boards of directors at Chicago's 50 largest firms, versus 15 percent at the 200 largest S&P 500 firms, said a new report by Chicago United, a not-for-profit group that advocates diversity in executive ranks.Read More
How could we apply the principles of human resources management to behave and operate just like a for-profit business?
—Battling Uphill, HR manager, education, Karlstad, Sweden
Oakland, California-based research firm Bersin & Associates says companies with a sophisticated approach to employee development averaged three times higher revenue growth from 2008 to 2011.
The San Francisco team's World Series triumph has lessons that go beyond the ballpark.Read More
For its efforts to break down barriers, HCL Technologies is the 2012 winner of the Optimas Award for Global Outlook.
Congressional staff members and 25 members of Congress participated in a SHRM survey, which found that 55 percent feel that ‘flexibility to balance work and life issues’ is very important, but only 26 percent are very satisfied with the flexibility in their own workplace.Read More