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Posts by THE ADMINISTRATOR   |   for HR Management   |  Posted on Monday,Apr 15,13,03:46 AM

One of the most frequently debated topics in corporate and education circles is leadership and management. Some argue that leadership and management differ sharply and can never meet. Others think of the two as being concepts that support and supplement each other. Whatever the viewpoints of different people on this subject, it is true that both these two qualities are important for an organization, and sometimes overlap. We will see how these qualities are independent of each other and where they converge.
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Posts by THE ADMINISTRATOR   |   for HR Management   |  Posted on Thursday,Mar 28,13,05:26 AM

Conflict is somehow unavoidable at the workplace. All employees in an organization work as colleagues and are focused on delivering for the organization; yet, most employees do not see face to face with each other. There are enough reasons for conflict within the workplace. They could be because of differences in the perception of the organization’s goals, or they could be about the ways to achieve them. Conflict resolution is an extremely important aspect of an organization’s work, because if conflict is not managed and controlled, an organization would blow up.
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Posts by THE ADMINISTRATOR   |   for HR Management   |  Posted on Thursday,Mar 28,13,05:13 AM

Human resources management or HR management is a popular, yet loosely used word in the corporate world. To a professional who practices HR, there is a very clear definition of what HR management is about. To lay persons, there is some sense of generalization and misunderstanding of this term, leading to questions such as: Is HR the same as management? Or is HR management all about the management of HR staff and their work in a corporate setup?
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Posts by THE ADMINISTRATOR   |   for Regulatory, Law & Compliance   |  Posted on Friday,Nov 30,12,06:15 AM

Taking into consideration the fact that women have unique medical requirements and needs; the Affordable Care Act has made a few provisions that seek to address these. Its aim is to facilitate women into making meaningful decisions about their health issues. Some of the defining features of Affordable Care Act as it relates to women:
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Posts by THE ADMINISTRATOR   |   for HR Management   |  Posted on Friday,Nov 30,12,06:11 AM

Wellness is, well, a very important component of the workplace. This is simply because we have outgrown the industrial times. Or, so we think. Actually, in many aspects, we are still yet to come out of the industrial, factory mold of thinking.
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Posts by THE ADMINISTRATOR   |   for Best Practices & Innovative Methods   |  Posted on Friday,Nov 30,12,06:09 AM

Culture, defined as a set of belief systems consisting of attitudes, behaviors and customs, often define us. We are what our culture makes us to be. Culture impacts us so deeply that without being consciously aware of it, our work ethics get influenced deeply by our culture. Surprisingly, even communication in organizations, which are apparently straight and simple; gets highly influenced by culture.
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Posts by THE ADMINISTRATOR   |   for Change Management   |  Posted on Friday,Nov 30,12,06:06 AM

For many managers and other staff, sometimes, a big challenge is about changing people around them. Some of the questions on their mind could include: Why should I not change that colleague of mine? Shouldn’t that other person really change? What is the level of change I can bring about in others in my organization? How much effort should be put into it?
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Posts by THE ADMINISTRATOR   |   for HR Management   |  Posted on Friday,Nov 30,12,06:01 AM

You'd think that for an organization that wants to do better (how many wouldn’t want to?) employee turnover should be one of the most feared phrases with HR and management. This is so because no organization likes to lose people. Aren’t its people an organization’s greatest resource? How much role does HR have in preventing employee turnover?
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Posts by THE ADMINISTRATOR   |   for HR Management   |  Posted on Friday,Nov 30,12,05:58 AM

Communication is one of the prime functions of the HR in an organization. HR’s communication is important because in conveying from the management to the employees; it is a vital link about company direction, policies and other matters.
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Posts by THE ADMINISTRATOR   |   for HR Management   |  Posted on Friday,Nov 30,12,05:55 AM

One of the many tasks that we in HR have to perform is serving out a termination letter. On many occasions, serving this out is unpleasant. On others, we have to do it against our personal wishes, because the employee who is being served this may be going out for no fault of hers. However, it is when serving termination notice to a problem employee that we have to be on our guard.
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Posts by THE ADMINISTRATOR   |   for HR Management   |  Posted on Friday,Nov 30,12,05:53 AM

“Life and work balance” should be one of the most oft-repeated phrases in our area of work. HR is meant to enforce a good balance between the two. We can do this in a number of ways, and one of them is to help an employee pursue a special talent. Of course, the premise is that this talent is not related to work. So, why should it matter to HR, and why should it help an employee pursue this?
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Posts by THE ADMINISTRATOR   |   for Training & Development   |  Posted on Friday,Nov 30,12,05:51 AM

The workplace is one at which we get to meet people of different hues, sometimes literally. When diverse workplaces are what may be termed, to use an old phrase, “the order of the day”, putting up with people from different backgrounds, cultures and tastes is fun. It exposes you to diverse elements, but also brings with it a difficulty –that of handling them when the going gets tough. Much of the problem we face at the workplace can be crystallized in one situation –that of saying ‘no’.
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Posts by THE ADMINISTRATOR   |   for HR Management   |  Posted on Friday,Nov 30,12,05:28 AM

A question an organization keeps facing quite frequently is about how to retain key people. Retaining key people is critical to an organization, put mildly. This is because irrespective of the company size, key people are the organization’s lifeblood. People are an organization’s greatest resource, and the key people are even more so. So, retaining them is vital for the organization for its growth.
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Posts by THE ADMINISTRATOR   |   for HR Management   |  Posted on Friday,Nov 30,12,05:25 AM

Among the many functions we in HR are called to perform, recordkeeping is a very important one. Not everyone can be adept at recordkeeping. One has to have great memory power. In addition, one needs to be very organized. And yes, one also needs to be very knowledgeable, because there is a myriad of rules for preservation of different documents.
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Posts by THE ADMINISTRATOR   |   for HR Management   |  Posted on Friday,Nov 30,12,05:23 AM

In today’s workplace scenario, where most of the work is done virtually, telecommuting is a good option. Many of today’s workplaces that are oriented towards web technologies and related fields rather than towards manufacturing or retail; are looking at telecommuting as a major, defining trend.
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Posts by THE ADMINISTRATOR   |   for HR Management   |  Posted on Friday,Nov 30,12,05:20 AM

Employee referral programs are a fine means to ensuring that the organization gets a trustworthy hand. It is a great way to save lots of money and effort on ads. In fact, more than that, its effectiveness is best felt when one considers that you are going straightaway to the exact candidate you are looking for: The one with the best skills and experience. It is like a customer testimonial…you wouldn’t think twice about buying a product that someone who has already used it recommends.
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Posts by THE ADMINISTRATOR   |   for Evaluation Methods and Metrics   |  Posted on Friday,Nov 30,12,05:17 AM

Most of us in HR like to pride ourselves about the fact that we have a good wellness program in our organization. Yes, this is important to the point of becoming almost indispensable to the employee’s health, which in turn translates to organizational health. But have we given thought to what has gone and what needs to go into our wellness programs?
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Posts by THE ADMINISTRATOR   |   for Compensation, Benefits and Policy Making   |  Posted on Friday,Nov 30,12,05:16 AM

One of the innovative byproducts, if you like, of the recent economic slowdown has been the pay-for-performance system of rewarding employees. This phrase is quite self-explanatory, and implies that the employee will be rewarded for accomplishment of set targets and goals, rather than getting a fixed sum or rate of raise.
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Posts by THE ADMINISTRATOR   |   for HR Management   |  Posted on Friday,Nov 30,12,05:14 AM

There is perhaps no other means of knowing about a potential employee than the face-to-face (F2F) interview. It is where the candidate is present in flesh and blood; it is obviously the best way to meet the person and get an impression about her. This is often the most important and effective introduction between the employer and the prospective employee.
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Posts by THE ADMINISTRATOR   |   for Training & Development   |  Posted on Friday,Nov 30,12,05:12 AM

One of the constant worries for an organization is in retaining people. Undoubtedly, all organizations know that it is people that make them what they are. This being the case, and also considering that it costs thousands of dollars to make one good hire; it is in the organization’s own best interests to hire people that stay with it.
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Posts by THE ADMINISTRATOR   |   for HR Management   |  Posted on Friday,Nov 30,12,05:09 AM

Many of us in HR tend to think that company policy of any importance is set out by the management, and we are like the State’s bureaucracy, meant only to enforce. Although true to an extent, there is a lot we can do to spell out policy to employees. We need to do this, because the footnote in any policy is: “For any further clarifications/queries in this regard, get in touch with the HR department”!
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Posts by THE ADMINISTRATOR   |   for HR Management   |  Posted on Friday,Nov 30,12,05:05 AM

We have heard about periodic automobile and health checkups. Why are they done? Isn’t it to ensure that everything is fine and nothing untoward is to be expected? In the same way, HR audits are done to ensure that the entire HR process is healthy and in good condition to help the organization carry out its functions smoothly and without hassles.
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Posts by THE ADMINISTRATOR   |   for HR Management   |  Posted on Friday,Nov 30,12,04:39 AM

Depression has a plus and a minus: There is a generally increased awareness of it than in the past; with the result that it is no longer comes with the stigma it used to earlier. Sadly, the minus point is that there is an increase in numbers of depressed employees, which is an unwanted complement to this increase in awareness.
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Posts by THE ADMINISTRATOR   |   for HR Management   |  Posted on Friday,Nov 30,12,04:36 AM

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is one of the many social behaviors expected from corporate entities.CSR is about organizations contributing towards social issues like environment. This is not to be confused with corporate philanthropy, which is different. While CSR is about meeting environmental norms and the like; philanthropy is keeping aside a part of profits for larger social causes such as fighting illnesses, opening educational centers, working for eradication of child labor and so on.
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Posts by THE ADMINISTRATOR   |   for Change Management   |  Posted on Friday,Nov 30,12,04:34 AM

We have heard a lot about change being the only constant, whether at work or at life. We don’t have to scour any dictionary to understand what change is. The meaning and definition are self-explanatory.
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Posts by THE ADMINISTRATOR   |   for Compensation, Benefits and Policy Making   |  Posted on Friday,Nov 30,12,04:28 AM

We at HR end up facing several piquant situations in our day to day life at work. One of these is when we are told to offer our appraisal to an employee. It is one of HR’s jobs; so what is the big deal, you may ask. An appraisal is fine with an employee that is professional and whose personal traits do not come in the way of the appraisal. The problem is when HR is required to give an appraisal for an employee who could be considered a kind of “problem child” for HR.
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Posts by THE ADMINISTRATOR   |   for HR Management   |  Posted on Friday,Nov 30,12,04:26 AM

Let’s face it. There are some employees who think it is their privilege to come to office at any time that suits them, and the concept of 8 to 5 simply doesn’t seem to fit for them. For them, the regular sleep, food and work shifts don’t fit into one pattern. One of HR’s duties is enforcing discipline in the organization. So, how does it treat or deal with latecomers?
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Posts by THE ADMINISTRATOR   |   for Evaluation Methods and Metrics   |  Posted on Friday,Nov 30,12,04:23 AM

<b>What is employee stress?</b> Stress among employees is perhaps the biggest obstacle to performance. Stress can be described as the pressure a person faces in carrying out a particular work. This is not always a bad thing, because there is what is termed “positive stress”, which is what sportsmen for instance face during peak performance. However, in the context of employee relations, it is considered a negative factor at work.
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Posts by THE ADMINISTRATOR   |   for HR Management   |  Posted on Friday,Nov 30,12,04:21 AM

Bullying is a fact of life at the workplace. Despite umpteen laws that purport to protect employees from bullying and harassment; there is a great difficulty in nailing a person down for a specific act such as bullying, which is difficult to prove and even more difficult to act upon legally.
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Posts by THE ADMINISTRATOR   |   for Regulatory, Law & Compliance   |  Posted on Friday,Nov 30,12,04:18 AM

It is very difficult for healthcare policies to become cheaper. Despite all the benevolent intents behind Affordable Care Act, which is seen as a revolutionary harbinger of healthcare; it is not likely that this will bring down the cost of healthcare policy. It may bring more poor and uninsured people into the net, but is unlikely to reduce the cost of healthcare policy itself, because it does not alter the basic reason for which policies are expensive. Nor can competition in the sector bring this about. Here is why:
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Posts by THE ADMINISTRATOR   |   for Training & Development   |  Posted on Friday,Nov 30,12,04:15 AM

Goal based performance management (GBPM), as the title indicates, is a system of measuring performance against set goals. GBPM is considered a concrete way of measuring and ensuring organizational success.
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Posts by THE ADMINISTRATOR   |   for Planning/Strategies   |  Posted on Friday,Nov 30,12,04:14 AM

Move over, Intelligence Quotient. Enter, Emotional Quotient. EQ or EI, Emotional Intelligence, is the new parameter for assessing a person’s level of smartness. Since the mid 1990’s or so, this new paradigm has been evolving, threatening to replace and displace IQ as a measure of a person’s intelligence.
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Posts by THE ADMINISTRATOR   |   for HR Management   |  Posted on Friday,Nov 30,12,04:12 AM

One of HR’s crucial roles is in how it helps the organization deal with emergencies. Any natural disaster can happen at the workplace. Being the organization’s facilitator; HR can be an important aid to the employees in difficulty.
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Posts by THE ADMINISTRATOR   |   for Communications and Interpersonal Skills   |  Posted on Friday,Nov 30,12,04:09 AM

Business communication is way different from day-to-day communication. We can get away with loose utterances in daily life, but business communication is different. Not only is every word taken for what is said; the way it is said and what each word purports becomes very important in business communication.
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Posts by THE ADMINISTRATOR   |   for HR Management   |  Posted on Friday,Nov 30,12,04:05 AM

Addiction of one or another kind is bad and dangerous for the individual and his or her family. If an addicted employee is around, it is a tough job for his colleagues, the management and HR. Addiction can range from cigarettes to alcohol to substances to drugs, but they are all equally bad from the organization’s viewpoint.
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Posts by THE ADMINISTRATOR   |   for HR Management   |  Posted on Friday,Nov 30,12,04:03 AM

This is one of the several unpleasant, yet unavoidable aspects that many of us face at work. This is especially so for a manager. Who is a difficult employee? Although there are various kinds of behavior that difficult employees exhibit; a typically difficult employee is one who bullies others; takes undue credit for work; likes to enjoy all the attention and make sure he is the center of attraction all the time.
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Posts by THE ADMINISTRATOR   |   for Regulatory, Law & Compliance   |  Posted on Friday,Nov 30,12,04:01 AM

Dealing with employees who have some kind of addiction, be it of substance, drug, alcohol or cigarettes is a difficult job for management and HR. It is a tricky and delicate issue, as most addicts deny their addiction, and when they are forced to admit it; will ask HR to mind their business.
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Posts by THE ADMINISTRATOR   |   for HR Management   |  Posted on Friday,Nov 30,12,01:11 AM

A workplace investigation is a very sensitive and critical aspect in an organization. It can conduct a workplace investigation for a number of reasons, not all of which are necessarily criminal in nature. A workplace investigation can take place for any reason ranging from bullying to stalking a colleague to peering into another employee’s mailbox. Whatever the reason; there are some basic rules for workplace investigation.
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Posts by THE ADMINISTRATOR   |   for Communications and Interpersonal Skills   |  Posted on Friday,Nov 30,12,01:08 AM

Communication is at the core of a career in any organization. Whether it is a senior manager or a coffee supplier; the need for communication is always there. Communication goes beyond style. It is not about having command over one’s vocabulary, either. It is about being effective in what one is saying.
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Posts by THE ADMINISTRATOR   |   for Regulatory, Law & Compliance   |  Posted on Thursday,Nov 22,12,12:38 AM

The Affordable Care Act brings some radical changes to the way care is offered to children with pre-existing conditions, while offering options for wider changes in the future. While healthcare givers could turn away a child with a preexisting condition or restrict benefits because of existence of a condition; now, they cannot. It is mandatory for them to provide care.
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Posts by THE ADMINISTRATOR   |   for HR Management   |  Posted on Monday,Nov 19,12,06:22 AM

This is perhaps the ultimate test of HR’s human face. There are almost no employees in this world to whom one or another kind of personal tragedy doesn’t happen while at work, or someone who weathers it without letting it come in the way of work.
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Posts by THE ADMINISTRATOR   |   for Regulatory, Law & Compliance   |  Posted on Monday,Nov 19,12,05:49 AM

The US, the land of immigrants, has had a unique relationship with them, making them what they are, and in turn, becoming what it is because of them. The landmark legislation, Affordable Care Act (also called Obamacare) which got endorsed by the Supreme Court, promises affordable healthcare on a scale no legislation in the past has. But what does it have for immigrants?
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Posts by THE ADMINISTRATOR   |   for Regulatory, Law & Compliance   |  Posted on Monday,Nov 19,12,05:34 AM

One of the landmark legislations in US history; the Affordable Care Act is aimed at providing medical insurance coverage to US citizens irrespective of their economic status. Passed under President Barack Obama, because of which it is also called Obamacare; it is considered an Act of high-impact significance because it makes medical care available to all people in the country, particularly those who cannot afford it.
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Posts by THE ADMINISTRATOR   |   for Regulatory, Law & Compliance   |  Posted on Friday,Nov 16,12,03:44 AM

The important new feature that the Affordable Care Act introduces, namely coverage for preexisting conditions, has opened up new possibilities for treating multiple chronic conditions.
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Posts by THE ADMINISTRATOR   |   for Regulatory, Law & Compliance   |  Posted on Friday,Nov 16,12,12:44 AM

Till the passage of the Affordable Care Act, many policy holders were confused about the terms of their plan. Many of these used to be in obtuse language, with the result that many policyholders did not take the trouble of reading through the minute details of the plan.
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Posts by THE ADMINISTRATOR   |   for Best Practices & Innovative Methods   |  Posted on Monday,Nov 05,12,04:47 AM

Employee background screening is a vital part of the employment process. Many a time, we in HR are chastised for this, but what is a better alternative in finding out the employee’s bonafides?