Archive for January, 2014

The Right Way To Maintain Employee Files

This article written by HR Bartender does a good job of summarizing the need-to-know regarding employee files.  So many employers get this wrong.  I have had to completely reinvent entire filing systems, ensure compliance and gather missing documentation.  This is something which if set up correctly from inception is easy to maintain, but if done incorrectly can be quite a big undertaking to correct depending on the number of employees.  Employers, are you confident your files are compliant?  Are you separating medical documents and I-9s from personnel files? If not, familiarize yourself now with legal requirements.   For more information, click here to read…

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Breaking Bad – Is HR The Hero Or The Villain?

When I look back on the early stages of my career in human resources I think one of the hardest pills to swallow was the bad reputation I had been bestowed by way of the heavy HR crown I now so proudly wear. After all, it’s not easy being queen. Queen of what you ask? Queen of policy enforcement, humiliating disciplinary meetings, heartless layoffs, corporate restructurings, boring sexual harassment training, and endless documentation requirements.

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Should HR Have Friends At Work?

If you ask an HR professional this question I bet you will get a smile and then a multi-faceted answer. We want (and need) to be a trusted resource for employees, so there needs to be a genuine, friendly element to our approach. But when does it go too far and become a liability?

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