How do we help retirement-age workers in lower-level jobs make the transition, even as we begin planning succession for higher-level jobs? We have some workers who are several years past our voluntary retirement age and want to make sure the company is prepared for their departure. For other higher-level jobs, we are just starting to look at who our successors might be.
—Cautious, HR manager, education, Kingston, Jamaica
We have implemented lean-management and it has worked well for us. It is strongly supported and maintained. We are a print company of 40 people. How much time per week should we spend keeping tabs on our lean-management processes?
—Staying Lean, publishing/communications, Onalaska, Wisconsin
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigrations Services recently updated its Form I-9s. Their use became mandatory May 7, 2013, and failure to use them will result in a $1,000 fine. Read More
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Our software company is evaluating the idea of letting some employees work from home. However we are concerned about cutting down on distractions and making sure they remain productive. We want to provide some basic "work at home" guidelines to them. What would you suggest we include?
—Set Yourself Up for Success
How will I know when our employee engagement begins producing results? Our goal is to focus on engagement and ultimately gain more business. We're interested in an average for satisfactory engagement.
—By the Numbers, senior organizational development officer, insurance/financial/real estate, Beirut
How do we launch a mentoring program that helps new employees build a strong
connection to our company?
—Help Me Make It Happen, HR Director, Portland, Oregon
Health care providers, which see their employees as 'role models and advisers to patients,' are among the organizations requiring tobacco testing for new hires.Read More
There are significant strategic decisions that companies and their attorneys must make when defending class action lawsuits. Pre-certification communications with potential class members carry a big upside, albeit with the potential of significant risk.Read More