Sadly, some business leaders pooh-poohed the call for payroll tax relief and a tax credit for hiring the long-term unemployed with what amounted to a kind of whining. Let's hope the employer community reacts more positively to the president's safety net legislation.Read More
How do I approach a new employee that I suspect may be drinking prior to arriving at work?
What is the No. 1 HR metric we should be reporting to our CEO?
—The Most Important Thing, product manager, software/services, Quebec
My employer wants to embark on an employer branding exercise to attract potential employees. How do I go about doing this and what does it entail?
—In the Dark, senior manager, human resources, manufacturing, Pahang, Malaysia
We are planning to launch engagement surveys to our full-time employee population. We have purchased a few smaller companies in recent years and would like to ask a different set of questions to employees who have become part of our company as a result. Specifically, we wish to gauge how the acquisition was handled by our company, as well as the transition to being considered part of the parent company. Our motivation is to pinpoint areas of concern to the newly integrated employees, and to avoid repeating certain behaviors in future acquisitions. What are some suggested questions to use that would give us this kind of insight?
—Building (or Repairing) Bridges, human resources adviser, marketing, DallasRead More
Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT Some companies are moving away from traditional, often unpopular annual performance reviews and turning to other approaches for evaluating staff and giving workers more frequent feedback. Join Workforce Management senior writer Rita Pyrillis in a live chat Thursday, May 26, at 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT. She will share her perspectives on the topic and discuss her May 2011 cover story, "Is Your Performance Review Underperforming?"Read More
Despite being more than 100 miles away from the formalities of Wall Street, Vanguard always has required its employees worldwide to dress in business attire: a jacket and tie for men and professional dress for women.Read More
I hear a lot about managers being promoted without sufficient training. The theory is that people are pushed into management without first having the required skill sets. Anecdotally this might be true, but are there any empirical data that prove this approach is leading to a generation of underequipped managers?
—Skeptical in Services, Charlotte, North CarolinaRead More
This month’s digest of who’s coming, going and moving up in the world of workforce management.Read More