The Department of Labor has issued a fact sheet reminding employers that interns must be paid in accordance with federal law, unless the strict requirements of a six-part federal test are satisfied. Here are the elements of that test, and some guidelines on how to ensure your internship program doesn’t snare your organization in a labor law violation.
Employee engagement appears to be higher in the wake of the financial crisis in many regions of the world—but not in the United States. A new survey of 459 HR executives by consulting firm Towers Watson finds the U.S. was the only place where more companies reported a drop in engagement rather than a rise. Workforce Management senior writer Ed Frauenheim recently spoke with Towers Watson consultant Laura Sejen about the report.
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 would like to provide some basic work-at-home guidelines to them. What should we include?
While the majority of sexual harassment claims involve male-on-female harassment, allegations of male-on-male harassment—and even female-on-male harassment—are on the rise. Employers should not only be aware of this trend, but also understand how to identify all forms of sexual harassment and adjust their harassment policies accordingly.
When Michael O’Malley discusses the hive mind, he’s not speaking figuratively. A social psychologist, Yale University Press editor and longtime beekeeper, O’Malley applied his apiarian knowledge to management practices in The Wisdom of Bees: What the Hive Can Teach Business About Leadership, Efficiency, and Growth.
AlliedBarton’s turnover is well below 50 percent, less than half the industry standard. The company has more than 1,100 open positions posted on its Web site; a large majority are guard jobs.
Employers can improve the situation by encouraging social interaction among all workers and including temps in such things as formal and informal departmental lunches and holiday parties, according to the research.
Nurtured by strong leadership, the ‘invincibles’ can pull organizations through turbulent times.
How can we raise participation rates in our wellness program? Currently, about 8 percent of employees participate, but we obviously would like this to be higher. We are a relatively young company—average age of employees is 34. How could we respond when members of our staff say they are looking for “instant gratification” rather than long-term goals for participating?
Employees who are caregivers for aging parents need all the help they can get. Here are some steps employers can take to assist them—and keep up productivity at the same time.