We are in the process of rewriting job descriptions. What are some effective ways to do this without causing undue alarm? Are there a specific set of steps that companies should follow when tackling this project? And are there any good evaluation tools to assess how effective/complete our descriptions are?
—New Definitions, OD administrator, health care, Scottsdale, Arizona
Employers are focusing on current economic conditions and the policies of the Obama administration this year, according to a survey conducted by law firm Littler Mendelson. Read More
Workforce revisits a story we did five years ago on the HR profession's largest association--the Society for Human Resource Management. We found that while SHRM members are generally happy with the organization, some critics still take issue with SHRM's direction.Read More
I was recently promoted to handle all human resources at our 100-employee company, but I also still serve as top assistant to our company president. This has sparked a debate, with some senior leaders arguing we don't need a fulltime HR function. Our president now isn't sure whether to keep the HR function or just keep me as his assistant. How do I convince top brass that HR is more than just keeping track of personnel files and benefits?
— Caught in the Not-So-Friendly Crossfire, HR director, publishing/communication/advertising, Owosso, Michigan
Managing FMLA leave, and particularly managing intermittent FMLA leave, is one of the most challenging tasks for employers. What qualifies as “significantly changed circumstances” will vary from case to case. Do not mistake this case as carte blanche to demand a recertification after every prolonged period of absence.Read More
The last decade has seen lots of changes in human resources. Looking back, it seems hard to predict that social media and other emerging trends would have taken hold. What's in store for the future of human resources and are there steps our HR organization should take to prepare?
—Looking Backward So We Can Move Forward, HR consultant, technical services, Columbus, Georgia
The best-performing HR departments are harvesting big data so their leaders arrive at the proverbial top table with insights about pivotal roles, critical skills and gaps, says Harry Osle, global HR transformation and advisory practice leader at The Hackett Group. Read More
Some companies are choosing to do away with traditional HR departments and divvy up the duties to other departments, but not everyone agrees that's such a good idea.Read More