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The risky hiring shortcut nearly half of HR pros are taking

Study after study confirms that an alarming number of applicants are blatantly lying on their resumes, and a new study reveals many of these folks are likely to get away with it. 
 
That’s because 48% of HR professionals admit to not always checking an employee’s qualifications, according to a recent study by Adzuna, a job ad search engine company. ...




How to Comply with Bans on Queries About a Candidate's Salary History

Basing new-hire salaries on local market value, retraining recruiters and hiring managers on screening and interviewing, and conducting internal wage audits are a few of the ways employers can get ahead of the trend of prohibiting inquiries into candidates' previous salary, experts say. ...




Employers are all ears when it comes to grievances

Julie loves her job, but her boss? Not so much. Sometimes he calls the 27-year-old data scientist who lives and works in Chelsea, NY, “Kardashian,” in light of her ample derriere. Not only that, but whenever a time-sensitive project comes up on a Friday afternoon, “he throws it in my lap, claiming I’m the best one to turn it around quickly,” she says. ...




The Miserable Middle Managers

New technology, fewer meetings, continued learning can help ease their stress
 

They make dozens of decisions each day, but usually not the big ones that shape a company's future. They're saddled with all the busywork of managing subordinates, yet also answer to higher-ups whose policies they must enforce—even when they don't have a say in making those policies and their direct reports object to them. ...




Dealing With Office Politics

Navigating the Minefield
 
Office politics are the tactics that people play to gain advantage.
 
"There's too much wrangling and maneuvering going on – I just hate this office politicking". "Joe, well he's a smart political mover – knows exactly how to get what he wants and how to get on. ...




Does Your Onboarding Need Some Work?

According to a new survey, HR leaders think their organizations’ new-hire programs are lacking.
 
Onboarding—or the process by which companies acclimate new employees to their positions, and to the organizations’ policies and practices—can be a vital opportunity for new hires. ...




AI Is Changing the Way HR Works

New technologies and artificial intelligence can be used to improve performance appraisals, open enrollment and employee development.
 
The rise of machines like those seen in the “Terminator” movies may instill in us a healthy fear of artificial intelligence (AI) and automation, but wise HR professionals will focus on how today’s developments can give rise to positive changes—namely, greater efficiency in day-to-day operations and a better employee experience. ...




FMLA Retaliation Claim Dismissed

A former employee's retaliation claim under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was dismissed because a manager was aware that the employee was taking FMLA leave more than six months before the worker was fired. The court determined that there was adequate time between the FMLA leave being taken and the worker's termination for the discharge not to be considered retaliatory. ...




Want to fix sexual harassment? Don't hire jerks

Robert Sutton is an organizational psychologist at Stanford University. This piece is based on his books "The No Asshole Rule" (Business Plus, 2007) and "The Asshole Survival Guide" (HMH, 2017). Unless otherwise noted, the facts in this piece reflect research from those works. ...




Four Steps To Motivating A Multigenerational Workforce

Disengaged workers cost the U.S. between $450 and $550 billion in lost productivity each year, and it’s up to business leaders to pinpoint and understand the workforce issues that are to blame. What’s getting between employees and their drive to stay actively engaged with their work?
For the first time in history, up to five generations of Americans are working side by side. ...