Caring as a Competitive Weapon
A sense of belonging–even love–drives higher revenue, according to new Great Place to Work study.
Soft is hard-edged when it comes to business growth.
That’s a key takeaway from new research from Great Place to Work, conducted while creating the 2016 Best Small and Medium Workplaces list. This research showed that one of the strongest drivers of better-than-average revenue growth among smaller businesses is a caring community at work.
Caring ranked as more pivotal for growth than the usual suspects such as a clear business strategy, innovation activities, and competent leadership.
Creative Ways to Welcome a New Hire
Starting a new job can be a pretty stressful experience. You want it to go smoothly so that your new hire feels happy and welcomed, and settles into the position as quickly as possible. While onboarding can be an effective way of achieving this, it won’t work well if it’s boring or regimented. Let’s look beyond the usual checklists and documentation, training, and tours, to find other, more creative things you can do to help employees adjust to their new work environment successfully.
Get the timing right
A busy Monday morning isn’t always the best time to introduce a new hire to their colleagues.
Do we need to investigate rumors of harassment even if no one has made a complaint?
Yes, I recommend you investigate. A company always has some inherent liability in relation to discriminatory or harassing comments or behavior. The level of liability usually correlates to the nature, severity, and context of the comments, the position of the employee who made them, and what the employer does or does not do about it.
Since you have knowledge of a potential situation, I recommend you investigate the matter and take appropriate disciplinary action if it turns out your anti-harassment policy was violated.
New FLSA Overtime Regulations Status Update
For much of 2016, employers and HR professionals were focused on preparing for the new Fair Labor Standards Act white-collar overtime exemption regulations. The Department of Labor issued the final regulations on May 18, 2016, with an effective date of December 1, 2016.
As you may remember, the new regulations more than doubled the minimum weekly salary requirement for most white-collar overtime exemptions from $455 to $913. The new regulations contained a number of additional provisions, the vast majority of which were not viewed favorably by employers.
And then, right before Thanksgiving, everything came to a screeching halt.
Where Do We Stand with Health Care?
The American Heath Care Act was designed to provide health care reform and to replace former President Obama's Affordable Care Act (the "ACA"). However, the House of Representatives, under President Trump's direction, cancelled its vote in late March because of lack of overall support from Republicans to get passage of the bill in the House. Now what?