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How Important Is Sticking to Job Descriptions?

April 10, 2014
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What is the protocol when our executive team requests salaried employees to perform work outside their job description? It is a situation that has occurred before, resulting in some salaried workers having to work weekends/off days to keep up with their regularly described duties. Job duties of a salaried employee often are fluid, but would it be better for us simply to abandon job descriptions? I wonder about things like employee burnout, turnover, stress levels and engagement.

— Concerned VP, energy/utilities, Newfoundland


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It's Not Ozzie and Harriet's World Anymore

March 10, 2014
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Women have the right to work, and neither they, nor their spouses, should be punished for exercising that right, regardless of their chosen profession.
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Eliminating Mad Men Workplace Policies #SOTU

January 30, 2014
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Having flextime policies will keep quality workers engaged and employed, which is a win-win for everyone.
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A Dunce's Need for Flextime Before Such a Thing Existed

January 29, 2014
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While flextime is gaining in popularity in the 2010s, one Pulitzer Prize-winning author used the idea to paint his most famous character as a lazy employee by 1960s standards.
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If You’re Taking an Employee’s Deposition, Don’t Charge Them for a Day Off Work

December 10, 2013
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Retaliation is a low standard for employees to meet. Employers must treat it carefully when dealing with an employee who engaged in protected activity.
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Workforce Software Gets to Work Abroad

May 21, 2013
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Workforce Software acquires Australia-based RosterLive among other moves.
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Swapping Shifts and Religious Accommodation

July 26, 2012
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If you are planning on rejecting an employee's request for a shift change as a religious accommodation, you must be able to support the claim of hardship with facts.
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Seasonal Firefighters to Become Eligible for Federal Employee Health Benefits Program

July 18, 2012
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President Barack Obama was motivated to order several federal agencies to change those policies by a recent visit to Colorado, where wildfires have burned hundreds of thousands of acres and destroyed dozens of homes.
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How Do We Get People to Work Overtime?

June 28, 2012
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Aside from a few people, we have a horrific time getting employees to work overtime. We have to practically beg for volunteers. We're considering a rotating schedule of mandatory on-call weeks in which the entire workforce shares the inconvenience of pulling extra hours. Would this work? What else could we try? —Frazzled in HR, software/systems, Knoxville, Tennessee
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Flex Schedules Tops Workers' Summer Wish List

June 5, 2012
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A new Robert Half study also showed that employers may be warming up to such perks, with 75 percent of human resources managers saying their company offers flexible schedules during the summer
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