Category Archives: HR Practice

Stay Interviews Have Become the New Exit Interviews

Human Resource professionals may be accustomed to conducting exit interviews. But wouldn’t you prefer to keep your employees for long term? So why not ask them what motivates them and keeps them working for your library or organization before they decide to leave? Stay interviews are designed to do just that.  According to this article, stay interviews can help you proactively understand what employees love about your library—and what is getting in the way of retention. This article provides … Read the rest

7 Common Employee Gripes (and How to Silence Them)

A study says that 40% of managers in the United States are considered “bad bosses” by their employees. Yet most managers assume that their relationships with their employees are running smoothly.

Obviously, some of those bosses are wrong … and that can create major problems for a business. A Gallup Poll says organizations are 50% less productive—and 44% less profitable—when serious boss-employee conflicts exist.

According to the book 30 Reasons Employees Hate Their Managers some common employee complaints about management, Read the rest

25 Low-Cost Benefits and Freebies for Employees

A recent benefits study of 2,000 people indicated that employees place a huge value on benefits. Eighty-eight (88) percent of survey respondents gave the standard health, dental, and vision insurance heavy consideration when evaluating a job offer. However, with five diverse generations currently in the workforce, employers are tasked with creating benefits that contain a mix of standard and unique benefits and perks that will appeal to a broad range of employees. This article lists 25 unique and low-cost employee Read the rest

38% of U.S. Employers Offer Paid Parental Leave

According to a WorldatWork report, more than a third of U.S. employers offer paid parental leave. A survey found that employers offered the benefit despite the absence of a federal mandate. Parental leave is reserved for parents who are recovering from childbirth or who are adopting, bonding with or taking care of a child. Most of the employers offering paid parental leave (78%) make it available to all workers. Nearly half make employees eligible on the day they’re hired. Read the rest

Experience Doesn’t Equate to Management Readiness

How does your library/organization choose who to promote to supervisory positions?  Often, individuals who do specific tasks well are promoted to oversee and train other employees.  But does doing one or two things well mean that person will be a good supervisor? People can be thrust into supervisor roles with little or no training on how to effectively lead others. The author of this article says promoting proven staff to higher level positions is a great practice – if you Read the rest

Immigration Policies May Have Chilling Effect on Workplace Rights

The new administration’s immigration policy might silence undocumented workers who witness but won’t report workplace violations out of fear of being deported, according to Bloomberg BNA.  Shannon Lederer, director of immigration policy at the AFL-CIO, reportedly told Bloomberg that, “We’re going to see rampant exploitation if workers feel it’s too risky to bring a claim.  The most exploited workers are also going to feel like they have a target sign on their back.”  Employers will need to be Read the rest

Diversity Doesn’t Stick Without Inclusion

In recent years, many libraries and organizations as well as colleges and universities have begun to focus on diversity and inclusion. Keeping pace with this trend, the American Library Association’s Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion has submitted a 50-page Final Report with recommendations for moving the Association forward. What is interesting is that the terms diversity and inclusion are so often lumped together that they are assumed to be the same thing. They are not. In the Read the rest

How to Have Difficult Conversations

While most people try to avoid having conversations that may be uncomfortable, there are some people who have a way of making difficult conversations seem effortless. Those who are successful in getting through tough discussions usually prepare for them. As a manager, there will undoubtedly be times when you must deliver unpleasant news, give unfavorable feedback, or even terminate an employee. How do you handle these situations in a way that causes the least amount of stress and saves face Read the rest

New Employee Making Old Employee Look Bad…Now What?

How would you handle a situation where a new, younger employee is more tech savvy, eager to work and more productive than an older employee who has been with the library a considerable amount of time?  As the manager, would you tell the older worker to shape-up or else? Would you let the older worker go in favor of the more productive, younger one? The author of this article offers suggestions for both the manager and the older employee to Read the rest

Actively Disengaged and Staying: Dealing with ‘prisoners’ in the workplace

There appears to be a number of employees who are disengaged at work, are not looking for other jobs and have little motivation to either improve or move on. Often, they hurt company morale and can keep the library/organization from achieving its goals. This article refers to these types of employees as prisoners in the workplace. While disengaged employees tend to leave the organization, this isn’t always the case. If you find employees who fall into this category in your Read the rest