Category Archives: HR Practice

Consider Employees’ Safety When Reopening the Workplace

As stay-at-home orders begin to expire, employers have a plethora of factors to consider before reopening fully to the public. Savvy human resource professionals have undoubtedly already begun the planning process and developed numerous checklists. In addition to state and local guidelines, employers must consult the latest requirements and safety guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). 

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Reboard to New Cultural Norms

As this Coronavirus hits its peak and then flattens, businesses and libraries will need to be ready to get people back to work. Some states have already begun the process of reopening. This move to reopen has raised concerns that we may be moving too quickly. Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, as well as numerous others, warn against lifting restrictions and opening too soon. Understandably, many people are apprehensive Read the rest

How Terminations, Layoffs and Furloughs Differ

With so many businesses having to remain closed during the pandemic, it is no secret that our economy is taking a hit. The effects may be felt for quite some time. Library budgets, too, are in jeopardy as all options are considered to help balance budgets. Terms like layoffs and furloughs are bandied about as administrators attempt to reduce expenses. What does it all mean? When an employer says you are laid off, are they just trying to soften Read the rest

How to Best Communicate Your Appreciation in the Workplace

Whether we’re at home or work, we need to feel that someone cares about and appreciates us. We want to know that we bring value to others and to the work we do and that someone is paying attention to that value. When it comes to the work environment, recognition is critical. When employees feel appreciated, staff morale improves and employee engagement increases, resulting in a positive workplace. But what’s the most appropriate way to express your appreciation? What works Read the rest

Improve Your Managerial Skills with One Simple Habit

Was there any time within the last week where you had a few minutes with nothing to do? Perhaps you were waiting for a meeting or conference call to start. How did you use those few minutes? Did you check your social media accounts, your email or your phone messages? The author of this article suggests that the next time you have a few minutes of wait time, review the past week and take a minute to thank someone who Read the rest

Three Ways Managers Can Ignite and Engage Their Teams

Have you noticed that some of your employees or team members appear to be running out of steam—and it’s only March? If so, the author of this article says that the culprit could be your management style. A person’s lack of motivation, energy and passion for their work can be a key predictor of success or failure on the job. If an employee lacks motivation, it will usually be detected in how they “show-up” —in their work and their attitude. Read the rest

Seven Ways to Motivate Employees in the New Year

Are you the type of manager or human resource professional who believes that it is not your responsibility to motivate employees? Yes, some employees are motivated by feeling a sense of accomplishment and achievement for meeting personal and professional goals. Many are self-disciplined and self-motivated. But how would you feel about an employee who came to work but wasn’t engaged? Who had no energy or creativity, showed no initiative, didn’t get much accomplished, wasn’t committed to your goals Read the rest

What’s Replacing Job Interviews?

Most employers rely on the traditional in-person job interview to make hiring decisions. However, the author of this article gives several reasons that interviews don’t lead to good hires. First, a large percentage of people are not completely honest during interviews. Also, interviewers subconsciously allow their biases to cloud their judgments regarding candidates. The article “argues that we should disrupt the HR process of live, in-person interviews and replace them with ‘job auditions’ that are relevant to the tasks Read the rest

Ridding the Workplace of Sexual Harassment Means No More Excuses

A new year is almost here, and still we are bombarded with stories in the media of continuing accusations of sexual harassment in the workplace. In the last few years, HR professionals rushed to ensure staff were trained regarding appropriate behavior. Mandates were issued requiring employees to watch brief videos on sexual harassment. Believing that their responsibility was met, in many cases, nothing more was done. There were no sweeping changes. Work life continued as usual. However, with mounting lawsuits, Read the rest

Seven Tips for Coaching Employees to Improve Performance

Are all the people you supervise exactly the same? Do they think the same way? Do they work in precisely the same manner? Do they all have the same level of understanding of their jobs? Of course not! So how do you manage them all? As individuals? The best managers/coaches don’t use the same coaching style for each individual team member. They’re flexible enough to adapt to the situation at hand. The author of this article asserts the idea that Read the rest