Human Resources News & Insights

A case for paying out employee bonuses early

Several temporary tax cuts are set to expire in 2011, and that means companies may want to consider dishing out bonuses early this year.

Getting workers to buy into personal accountability

Do your managers know how to make their employees accountable for their performance — in a way that won’t turn workers off?

Answers to tricky HR questions: Bonuses and OT rates

Our team of experts fields real-life, everyday questions from HR managers and gives practical answers that can be applied by any HR pro in the same situation. Today’s question: How do bonuses fit into overtime pay rates?

Dealing with the scourge of employee burnout

Combine heavier workloads, less time off and shrinking staffs. Blend in a generous dollop of economic uncertainty, and you’ve got the recipe for employee burnout.

Planning to increase raise levels? Here are some national benchmarks

Is your management team ready to pump up employee raises in the coming year? If not, you’ll be swimming against a national tide, according to a new survey.

Engagement, performance: More proof money doesn’t pay

Want to motivate your employees? Then put away your checkbook and pull out a note pad.

It’s time to rip up the employee dress code

It’s high time companies abolished one well-entrenched but outdated practice: the employee dress code.

Changes coming to employer retirement plans

Most employers (61%) plan to tinker with their retirement plans in the next 18 months. Want to know what they’re doing — and why?

Test your HR knowledge: Difficult conversations

“Difficult conversations” are called that for good reason. Whatever the topic – personal hygiene, performance, behavior – it’s difficult to discuss with an employee. To test your knowledge of the best ways to hold a difficult conversation, respond True or False to the following:

Who won this case? Fired for contagious illness

An employee exceeds his allowable sick leave and gets a last-chance warning about missing any more days. Then he contracts a contagious illness that prevents him from coming in. Now what? Read this dramatized real-life case and see if you can decide who won when the employer fired the worker, who sued for wrongful discharge.