2014 HIGHLIGHTS: Our Top 10 HR Blog Posts of the Year
The year 2014 turned out to be one of the more memorable ones for human resources blogging. There were lots of great stories to cover and ideas to share with modern employers and managers like you. Please enjoy our annual “Best in Show” edition of myHR Blog, as selected by the myHR Partner team. And be sure to follow us in 2015 as we continue to keep you in the know for all things HR.
HAVE A SAVE AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!
In March, we asked for some suggestions and stories on how to show appreciation to your workforce in unique and meaningful ways, then we selected three of our favorites to share in honor of Employee Appreciation Day. We also included a list of last-minute ideas for something to do at your workplace, too, which was a big hit with our readers.
FYI: Employee Appreciation Day will be March 6th in 2015. It’s never too early to start thinking about ways to tell your employees they matter!
In June, our president, Tina Hamilton, PHR, received this Year’s Outstanding Woman in Business Award from the Diversity Council of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce. Our readers and social media followers really enjoyed our photo album from the 2014 Excellence in Business Awards (EIBA) Ceremony that we shared on myHR Blog. What a fun night that was!
FILED UNDER “NO KIDDING”:
Harassment complaints are nothing to take lightly. They can be expensive, disruptive and damaging to your company in so many ways.
FILED UNDER “WHAT THE…”:
Way too many businesses are ill prepared to deal with a harassment complaint when one is filed.
Not good, people. Not good.
In November, we came across a post over at Workforce that offers a cautionary tale and some solid advice on how to handle reports of harassment in the workplace. The article tells a story about sexual harassment that is truly cringe-worthy. Would your organization be prepared if such allegations were made where you work?
Attracting Millennials: are you doing it wrong?
That was a question we posed to our readers back in November, in response to recent media attention to the impending millennial generation’s explosion into the American workforce. The countdown to retirement for the baby boomer generation has begun, and these younger employees are going to make up a larger and larger part of your workforce over time. Are you and your organization ready?
Hiring managers have lots of stories of about the one that got away. That great candidate who (after a long and careful search) was everything the company wanted, but in the end he or she did not sign on the dotted line to join the team. The offer just wasn’t good enough. New-hire negotiations require more than just a salary and benefits outline, especially when it comes to the savvy and sought-after candidates. Our April blog post examined best practices and pitfalls of these negotiations.
Coffee trendsetter Starbucks knows a thing or two about product brand recognition. This past June, the company proved that it also knows something about employer branding as well.
Starbucks’ new tuition reimbursement program was in the media spotlight for weeks this summer. Called the Starbucks College Achievement Plan, the program is expected to assist thousands of Starbucks U.S. employees obtain undergraduate degrees through an arrangement with Arizona State University’s on-line program that offers full tuition reimbursement for employees who have already completed two years of college. For those employees just now starting college, partial tuition scholarships are available.
“It has never been a more competitive market to attract and retain employees. For most growing companies, this is their biggest concern,” myHR Partner’s very own Tina Hamilton, PHR, told Lehigh Valley Business in January. She was profiled as part of their “List and Leads” section, in the business publication’s article and video interview. Tina answered questions and give insights to business owners about outsourced HR. In the article, Tina explained how her company helps clients by focusing on “understanding the owner’s style of execution so that whatever is implemented, will be followed consistently. We also leave room for changes as we go.” The company does this through various methods, such as assuring that easy-to-follow policies and processes are set up to meet federal and state compliance requirements and that systems are in place for hiring, on- and off-boarding, performance management, communications, payroll, benefits and more.
In November, we wrote about the rampant problem of false information listed on resumes, even among the senior-most levels of business. “Enhancements” are found in resumes from every corner of the business world, too. Experts say that 42 to 55 percent of resumes have some type of embellishment or inaccuracy in them. That’s a lot of enhancement!
Sometimes these elaborations are minor, like a person rounding up the number of years they worked at a company. But other things, like someone saying they have a bachelor’s degree in accounting when they actually were a few credits short of graduating, are a big concern for employers.
A shocking news story exploded in the media in June that involved a white supervisor in Memphis Tennessee threatening to hang an African-American employee for drinking water from a fountain labeled “white people”. This kind of discriminatory behavior had been going on for months, according to the employee, who recorded incidents on his cell phone as evidence. He was not the only employee to come forward about this kind of abusive behavior by the manager. The owner of the cotton company was unaware of any racism at work, and estimated that the warehouse employees are 90% black. “If I heard it, I would have stopped it immediately,” he said recently to a CNN reporter covering the story. So what happened?
Employee Engagement and the Many Ways to Say ‘You’re Awesome’
Thanks for joining us for this walk down memory lane. If you have any ideas for what you’d like to see us blog about in 2014, please let us know.