Volume 13, No. 3 • March 2016

ALA-APA News

HR Practice

  • 3 Steps to Help Plan for Your Organization’s Future

    Succession planning takes a little legwork, but as the saying goes, failing to plan means planning to fail. According to the author of this article, organizations should not wait until there is a vacancy to figure out how to fill it. They should establish competencies for each role, make performance reviews more frequent (and meaningful) than just once a year, and offer learning and development opportunities in order to train people for senior-level roles.… Read the rest

  • How HR Can Step in to Help Prevent Employee Suicide

    Workplace suicides are on the rise. In most cases those who consider suicide outside the workplace could receive help from their employers. The author of this article suggests that employers —and more specifically, HR— can help. He says that employers need to train managers on knowing the warning signs of possible crisis.  The author does not lay total responsibility on HR. He suggests that employers find standalone, best-practice employee assistance programs (EAPs) that can create meaningful utilization and outcomes for … Read the rest

Work/Life

  • 7 Reasons Why You May Be MISERABLE at Work (And How You Can Fix It)

    If you find yourself dreading the start of each work-week, there could be a reason. Before you consider quitting your job, you should first identity the problem.  It could be something that is easily fixable. The author of this article suggests some reasons why you might not be happy at work and provides some tips for finding joy once again.… Read the rest

  • From Wellness to Well-Being

    Employers are taking a different approach to employee wellness programs these days. Many have decided to get rid of financial incentives and embrace the importance of emotional health. According to this article, it’s no longer just about health and benefits in silos, but about broader well-being, and that includes social connectedness, financial security, emotional health and job satisfaction. Companies are attempting to create cultures of well-being—not simply a bunch of exercise programs.… Read the rest

HR Law

  • What HR Must Do When Customers Harass Employees

    It is an employer’s responsibility to maintain a harassment-free workplace. If an employee complains about a customer/patron, HR must take the complaint seriously. As with employee complaints about coworkers or supervisors, HR should listen to employee complaints about a customer/patron, investigate and take appropriate action.  This article suggests that HR avoid the common reflex of dismissing employees’ concerns in favor of protecting the relationship with the customer/patron. HR must determine if the employee is making a routine complaint or a … Read the rest

  • EEOC Files First-Ever Sexual Orientation Discrimination Lawsuits

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed its first two lawsuits for discrimination based on an employee’s sexual orientation. The EEOC called the cases “groundbreaking.”  In terms of federal law, employees are not protected from discrimination based on their sexual orientation. This article explains the cases and describes how the EEOC is trying to ensure that those who suffer discrimination still see justice.… Read the rest