Our best HR blog posts of 2016, part I
Wow! Is it December already? We would like to ring out the year by sharing our most memorable HR blog posts from 2016. We covered so many great topics and events over the last 12 months, and we are ready to cover whatever 2017 has in store for modern employers and managers like you. Please enjoy part one of our “Best in Show”, as selected by the myHR Partner team.
January is the best time to hire, they say. It makes sense because that is when holiday festivities are over, new budgets are in place and resolutions/goals to improve are fresh in everyone’s minds.
MISSION: Go get that new talent!
But just because you want to hire great talent, doesn’t mean that’s what you’ll get. According to an eye-opening article in Forbes, researchers reported in 2013 that of the 20,000 new hires they tracked, a whopping 46 percent of them failed within 18 months on the job. Of those who failed, 89 percent of the time it was for what they called “attitudinal deficits”. The issues weren’t with their skill levels, but with things like:
- being too difficult to coach
- lack of motivation
- problematic temperament
- low levels of emotional intelligence
Is this what you see in your dealings with new hires?
Yes. You read that headline correctly. We can’t make this stuff up, folks.
In a case of absenteeism gone wild, The Local reports that a civil servant in Spain did not show up to work for six whole years, and nobody noticed apparently, even as he continued to collect his paycheck each month. Nobody. For six years.
Had it not been for the guy being presented with a commemorative plaque for “20 years of loyal service,” he might still be MIA in the workplace—and still earning his salary today.
Doing good deeds in the world does good for your company.
This is particularly true of employee-centered programs like volunteering and giving. That’s the message of a recent Forbes article on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs, otherwise known as corporate philanthropy.
What internal benefits does philanthropy bring to a company?
While it is easy to see how CSR programs can help a company’s public image and brand, there are internal benefits to having meaningful philanthropic projects that go a long way in fostering employee engagement and satisfaction. Even recruitment gets a boost when organizations include employee volunteering in their company culture.
Thanks for joining us for our Q1 2016 walk down memory lane. Check back next week for April through June blog highlights, which include posts about medical marijuana and the workplace, HR and new LGBT laws and the DOL‘s attempt at sweeping overtime rule changes.
As always, if you have any ideas for what you’d like to see us blog about in 2017, please let us know. We’d love to hear them!