HR Administration

Mercer: Optimas Silver Winner for Global Outlook

Mercer looked to empower managers to guide colleagues, introduce common standardization of operational routines and set precise performance goals.

Mercer, a global consulting leader in talent, health, retirement and investments, partnered with Active Ops Management to create MercerPulse. The initiative was designed to make sure Mercer’s business had consistent operations practices throughout its geographically diverse company. Specifically, the firm looked to empower managers to guide colleagues, introduce common standardization of operational routines, set precise performance goals and expectations, among…

Ceridian: Optimas Gold Winner for Innovation

Onboarding tactics that help employees get to work faster and more efficiently lead to effective time management for workplaces.

HR software company Ceridian takes pride in working for people and looking to them as assets and not costs. Specializing in onboarding and transboarding (moving from one department to another), Ceridian’s innovative Dayforce Onboarding initiative increased employee engagement by giving new workers a detailed understanding of the organization on their first day and easily transferring employee information through HR processes…

An Open Letter to HR Professionals: Stop Enabling Sexual Harassment

One HR leader says her profession has passed the buck for too long and it’s time to be proactive rather than reactive.

Dear HR sisters and brothers: The recent Harvey Weinstein allegations have caused an outpouring of personal experiences with sexual harassment shared under the hashtag #metoo. What is deeply disturbing are the accusations that HR has been complicit and has failed to take appropriate action to address this scourge. In Laurie Ruettimann’s Oct. 18 Vox post, “Let’s face it. HR is…

When is a Break not a Break Under the FLSA?

Bravo to this employer for trying to find a creative solution to curb a problem of excessive smoke breaks, coffee breaks and bathroom breaks.

The FLSA draws a pretty clear line as to when breaks must be paid and when they can be unpaid. If a break is 20 minutes or less in duration, it must be paid. Any longer, and an employer can make it an unpaid break. What if, however, instead of providing employees paid breaks, an employer installs a system of flex time…

Clean It Up: Flu Season Prediction Labeled ‘Severe’

With up to 20 percent of Americans contracting the flu annually it’s important to prep workplaces for the annual bout with illness.

Just as quickly as summer ends, flu season begins. And the 2018 flu season is expected to be an extreme one, according to an expert at Baylor College of Medicine. One company urges its employees to work from home when sick to help keep the rest of the employee population healthy. “There is every reason to expect that we could…

Do You Know What to do When an Employee Dies on the Job?

Unfortunately it happens. In fact, according to OSHA it’s happened 357 times in 2017. Here are nine steps to follow.

It’s news an employer never wants to deliver. “I’m sorry, but your spouse (or partner, child, or other family member) had an accident at work and unfortunately passed away.” But it happens. In fact, according to OSHA it’s happened 357 times already this year. Indeed, it happened just yesterday, at Cleveland State University. A piece of sheet metal fell and killed a construction…

Sector Report: More Than an HR Database

Artificial intelligence and analytics tools are transforming the HRMS into a decision support system; also, the Hot List for HRMS providers.

In the world of HR management systems, the transition to the cloud is finally old news. While some companies are still waiting out their old on-site solutions, when they are ready to upgrade the path is clear, said Mike DiClaudio, principal in management consulting for KPMG in Detroit. “It is rare that you talk to an organization choosing an HR…

5MM: Flying Cars and Flying the Friendly Skies

Online courses are teaching students how to build a self-driving or even flying cars; also, how is United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz defending his employees?

Workforce editors Frank Kalman and Rick Bell consider classes to build flying cars and dissect United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz’s defense of his employees during a talk at a recent conference. Also, they uncover long-lost archival footage from yesteryear’s 5 Minutes of Personnel. For more 5 Minutes of Management, check out our YouTube channel.  

By the Numbers: Workplace Communications

Despite many tools available, office communication remains mired in the 20th century.

Each month Workforce looks at important stats in the human resources sector. Here’s the topic we’re keeping an eye on for September 2017: workplace communications. Comment below or email Follow Workforce on Twitter at @workforcenews.

Katrina Survivor on Harvey: Encourage a Sense of Normalcy in Your Workforce After a Disaster

A New Orleans woman whose life was disrupted by Hurricane Katrina shares her story and advice for employers when a disaster occurs.

Daria Drury moved into her newly constructed house in September 2013, eight years after Hurricane Katrina flooded and destroyed her old home in New Orleans. “I almost didn’t rebuild this house, but I felt like I needed emotional closure,” said Drury. “ Evan and I grew up here; It was home. It felt like something I needed to close the…