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New. Different. Better. The State of Workplace Culture

Many organizations have tasked their human resources departments with changing the culture at their workplaces.There are many reasons, including increasing employee engagement and decreasing attrition. However, change doesn’t come quickly; many organizations are currently in the early stages of culture change and those who have begun the process say it can take time — up to three years or more. Although change won’t be swift, organizations have the support of senior executives, who are heavily involved in setting strategy and identifying mission and values before turning the process over to HR.


Leading the Way: Standing out from the Crowd (June 2015)

The job market for human resources and labor relations specialists has been highly competitive recently and shows no signs of slowing. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for HR professionals will grow only 7 percent from 2012–2022, slower than the national average. How can HR professionals distinguish themselves in such a tight market?


Special Report: EAP Providers (June 2015)

Today's benefit managers have their hands full. The Affordable Care Act legislation and its rapidly approaching deadlines and penalties have made issues such as compliance and exchanges top priority. It's no wonder employee assistance programs seem to have gotten lost in the shuffle.


Companies that Prioritize Collaboration are Twice as Likely to be Profitable and Outgrow Their Competitors

Research shows that companies that prioritize collaboration are twice as likely to be profitable, twice as likely to outgrow competitors, and five times more likely to considerably increase their workforce. Efficient collaboration further evolves perspectives, helps projects move along faster, results in better work, encourages more innovation, and, most importantly, helps everyone end up more satisfied with the overall results. (Source: Deloitte Access Economics, 2014) Download the "True Business Benefits of Collaboration" to learn how you can improve organizational planning through enhanced collaboration, communication and the right tool.


Human Capital Insights: HR Technology (October 2015)

In the ever-changing corporate HR and talent management domain, one of the most exciting developments occurring in recent years is the emergence and growing adoption of integrated talent management product suites. Traditionally the human capital management (HCM) technology market has been highly fragmented with a variety of point solutions, each focusing on individual talent management functions.


Best Practices in HR Technology (October 2015)

With the explosion of new technologies, the way we work, collaborate, and interact has fundamentally changed. In this varied and diverse digital landscape, proper integration has taken a back burner. This aspect is nevertheless necessary especially when seeking to create an interconnected digital universe for employees. Integration is actually the foundation off of which you should build the rest of your digital edifice.


The Technology Transformation: Benefits Expanding Despite Dissatisfaction

Today’s organizations have many different options regarding health and wellness programs. With so many health-care provider options and different programs to choose from, how do organizations choose which programs to offer and what are they getting out of their health-care benefits packages? This white paper takes a look at the state of the industry regarding health benefits programs and which programs are the most effective in attracting and retaining employees. Drawn from internal research by the Human Capital Media Research and Advisory Group..


Break Through the Noise

If you’ve ever heard your employees say they “weren’t aware” of a benefit or “didn’t hear” about a meeting, maybe what you have is a “failure to communicate.” It’s time to try something different. Download our ebook of tips and best practices and get practical advice about communicating more effectively with your workforce.


Succession Planning: Designing Plans to Identify And Develop Future Leaders

Succession planning aligns current talent development with future leadership needs. It aims to identify and develop high potentials so that when a vacancy occurs in a key position, the organization has a ready pool of candidates. This Bloomberg BNA white paper offers insight on how employers can design a succession plan that offers the identification and development of leaders and helps human resources objectively and accurately assess future performance to fill the leadership pipeline.


Employee or Contractor: Making the Distinction Under the FLSA

Employers can face major penalties if a government audit uncovers that workers were misclassified as independent contractors. This Bloomberg BNA white paper analyzes the Administrator's Interpretation of the employer-employee relationship as it relates to subcontractors, temporary-employment agencies and flexible work schedules.


An Employer's Guide to Employee Engagement

Dr. Stephen Wendel covers a trending topic within HR organizations over the past 15 years, employee engagement. This guide dissects the specifics of what some practitioners use as a catch-all term. It addresses:

  • What exactly employee engagement is and why it’s important.
  • The best strategies for measuring engagement.
  • The role benefits play in employee engagement.
  • Tips for improving engagement.

An Employer's Guide to Communications Testing

Looking for the best way to cut through the noise and get through to your workforce? Learn more about A/B testing and marketing metrics that can be leveraged to help you optimize your HR communications. This guide provides actionable steps for optimizing email communications through experimentation. It covers:

  • Why testing is crucial for effective communications
  • How to determine what to test and run simple experiments on your own
  • Tips for analyzing results and building on your findings

Workforce Scheduling Techniques to Improve Employee Engagement

Employee engagement is crucial to developing a loyal and productive workforce. However, companies of all sizes and across all industries struggle to maintain engagement among their employees; research from Gallup finds a staggering 87 percent of employees worldwide are actively disengaged.1 Low engagement scores can have a range of bad symptoms, including increased absence, higher turnover, lower work quality, and elevated safety risks. Poor employee engagement also impacts the company brand, making it more difficult to attract and retain qualified talent needed to advance business goals.


Maximize Your Workforce: Use the Most Effective Strategy for Managing Time, Labor, and Leave

So what exactly does effective workforce management entail? In the broadest terms, workforce management encompasses all the activities needed to maintain a productive and cost-effective workforce. This means tracking time and attendance, managing absences and leave, coordinating projects and tasks, and implementing schedules to ensure that the right labor mix is available at the right time to meet evolving business needs.


Primed for Growth: Midsize Companies Embrace Modern HR in the Cloud

Midsize companies face the same HR challenges that larger enterprises do. The main difference? Midsize companies have fewer resources to address those challenges. Although you still need to maintain tight control over financial management and business performance, you are at the strategic heart of the organization and have a large stake in IT investment decisions to support the development of the most important resource: your people.


Benefits that Matter: Five Ways Employers Can Get the Most Value from Voluntary Benefits

Voluntary benefits are becoming an increasingly integral part of the “new” employee benefits package. Because they come at no cost to you, they can be a great way to meet many of your HR goals with minimal effort. But where do you start? Purchasing Power’s latest white paper takes a look at the current state of the benefits landscape, employer and employee views on voluntary and ways you can help your employees make smart benefit decisions just in time for enrollment season. Download this whitepaper to help take your voluntary benefit strategy to the next level.


Eliminating Paperwork in HR Management With E-Signatures

As an HR professional you manage a long list of documents that need to get signed and returned in a timely manner to avoid payroll, tax, or legal complications. Getting all of that paperwork signed quickly is difficult, even in the best circumstances. With today’s workforces becoming more remote, more mobile, and working more flexible schedules, the problems with paper become nearly unmanageable. Printing is too inconvenient, shipping is too expensive, and faxing is far too cumbersome. Find out how or e-signatures can help make employee hiring and compliance paperwork a breeze for you and your employees.