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Landmark Supreme Court ruling gives HR a powerful tool to prevent pay lawsuits

Employers everywhere will likely rush to get their employees to sign the type of employment agreement the High Court just ruled has great power to protect businesses from costly wage-and-hour lawsuits.
 
By a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court just ruled for the first time that employees cannot band together to challenge violations of federal labor laws like the FLSA if they sign employee agreements to arbitrate claims. ...




It's About Employees' 'Work Identity,' Not Generation or Personality Type

CHICAGO—Classifying employees by generation, personality type or other broad categories—rather than by where they are in the career cycle—may not be the ideal way to get the best out of them or ensure they're happy and motivated in their jobs, according to an HR expert who spoke Tuesday at the SHRM 2018 Annual Conference & Exposition. ...




Instant Feedback Tools Can Boost Engagement, Productivity

But don’t expect these apps to fix a poor workplace culture
Praise from peers and bosses is a significant motivator, but most employees feel unappreciated and unrecognized. Making it easier for colleagues to provide feedback—positive and critical—can boost engagement and help employees connect their work to the company's values. ...




Great Corporate Strategies Thrive on the Right Amount of Tension

After expending considerable effort on formulating a strategy, most executives would like to see their company’s strategic plans fully executed. Deviations from the strategic plan are often assumed to be detrimental to corporate performance. However, compliance with the strategy doesn’t necessarily correlate directly to performance. ...




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. ...