The Secrets to Training Success

Training is an important HR responsibility. Recently I attended an excellent “train the trainer” session conducted by Carolyn Sorensen Balling on behalf of NCHRA, the Northern California HR Association. The HR professionals who attended, gained not just from what she said, but how she said it.

Carolyn “walked the talk”. Not only did she cover the “how to” for a successful training program, she demonstrated what effective training looks like. Carolyn shared a mnemonic to use when developing a training program: A-D-I-E. Continue reading

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Are Women Penalized for Promoting Women?

A recent study conducted by the University of Colorado suggests yes, that women who push for the advancement of other women in the workplace are penalized in their performance reviews.  In addition non-whites who push for the advancement of other non-whites are also penalized in their performance evaluations.  Does this study make sense? Continue reading

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Accenture 2014 College Graduate Employment Survey

Accenture recently released its 2014 College Graduate Employment Survey. Two headline findings were:

  1. Companies are not providing the talent development and training programs expected by recent college graduates
  2. Nearly half of those who graduated in 2012 and 2013 consider themselves working in jobs that do not require their college degrees

Let me comment on those two points. Continue reading

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You and your HR Data

You and your HR data

Whether you are in a small company or a large multinational, you have to deal with HR data – to fulfill regulatory reporting requirements (or respond to an employee question about benefits or advise management on ways to address a high turnover problem).

Let’s face it.  Data is here and it’s here to stay.  Nonetheless, data is just data – numbers, words, statistics. It’s the answer to the question: “What’s so?”   But that’s only half of the picture.  The other half is the answer to the next question: “So what?”  Continue reading

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Commuter Benefits Program Now Required for San Francisco Bay Area Employers

If your company has 50 or more full-time employees and is located in the San Francisco Bay Area (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, NapaSan FranciscoSanta ClaraSan MateoSonoma, Solano counties) you are now required to offer some type of commuter benefit to your employees.  Implementation date:  no later than September 30, 2014.  Continue reading

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HR Departments Help Companies Reduce Cost

“Healthcare costs continue to rise.”  This is true not only for individuals but also for companies, whose employees’ well-being directly impacts productivity, output, and cost.

Everyday there is a risk of an accident happening or an employee getting sick. Hence, the need for insurance.  Workers Compensation Insurance (WCI) and Employee Benefits (EB).  But what if we can reduce that risk?  Reducing risk translates to lower cost and a better RoI.

The question then is – how do we reduce that risk?   Continue reading

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How to Stop Your Key Employees From Quitting

One in four workers plan to quit their jobs in 2014, according to a survey by Career Builder.  Is your company vulnerable?   Continue reading

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The Decline of Employer-Based Health Coverage

Medical coverage has been a standard benefit offering by most large companies, as far as I recall, but this is quickly changing.  Only one in four large companies recently surveyed by Towers Watson and the National Business Group on Health is confident it will provide medical coverage in a decade.    That’s 1 in 4…25%.  Three years ago (2010) the number was 38%, down from 73% in 2007.   Continue reading

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Words of advice regarding discrimination cases and claims of unlawful termination

I recently attended an HR presentation delivered by Selina Wong from the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH).

In the state of California, about 20,000 of these cases are filed per year, with about half of them having to do with employment terminations.  The most common causes of discrimination filings have to do with disability or retaliatory moves on the part of the employer.   Continue reading

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Should Employers Drop Medical Insurance in Light of Obamacare (Affordable Care Act)?

If employers drop medical insurance coverage on 12/31/2013, then their employees will become eligible for the highly subsidized Obamacare.  Will employees be better off receiving Obamacare subsidies than if they stayed with their company health plan contributions?  The answer is yes in some cases. Continue reading

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