Human Resources

Is office romance heating up on Valentine's Day?

This Saturday is Valentine's Day, which means love is quite possibly in the air. But how can HR ensure hearts and flowers do not give way to accusations of favoritism, atmospheres you could cut with a knife, and sexual harassment claims? Christiana Tollast of our UK sister site, HRZone, finds out.In today's long hours work culture, are office romances inevitable?
Practice

How dramatically will Gen Y change the workplace?

By Phyllis Weiss HaserotThis is the fifth in a series of regular columns by generational expert and internationally known consultant, coach, writer, and speaker Phyllis Weiss Haserot on intergenerational relations and navigating the challenges of the multi-generational workplace for better productivity, retention, succession planning, and business development results.

Successfully performing the great American juggling act

By Amy L. Welch, APR, Oklahoma Society of CPAs Director of CommunicationsSince the term "work-life balance" was first used in the 1970s, studies have surfaced en masse showing the links between work-related stress, home-related stress, and overall employee health. To provide research, information, and education, the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 created the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
Workplace Fitness

Employers find wellness programs can cut overall health care costs

As employers nationwide struggle with rising health care costs, many have implemented a variety of cost saving initiatives. A recent health care survey found the majority of public sector employers are working to control costs by implementing disease management and wellness programs, instead of introducing consumer-driven health plans (CDHPs).Over half of the public employers who responded to the survey indicate they have implemented a disease management (69%) or a wellness program (65%). A much smaller percentage, only 17%, have a consumer-driven health plan in place.

Family and Medical Leave Act rules change for 2009

Liberty Mutual has created a Web site to provide a single source of information for employee benefit brokers and employers struggling to understand and comply with recent significant rule changes governing federal and state family medical leave.The Liberty Mutual Web site provides key information on two new regulations that dramatically change how employers manage family medical leave. The first is the Family and Medical Leave Act Final Rule, which became effective on January 16, 2009.
A&A

New booklet helps small biz understand automatic 401(k) enrollment

The U.S. Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service have released a new publication to help small employers understand automatic enrollment for 401(k) plans offered to their employees. Automatic Enrollment 401(k) Plans for Small Businesses provides a comprehensive overview of the advantages of starting and operating this type of 401(k) arrangement.
Practice Management

Tax season temps: What kinds of work do they do?

With tax season rolling up fast, some CPA and tax preparer firms will supplement their full-time staff with temporary help to ease the workload. What kinds of help do they hire? The answer has changed over time. Some firms hire temps to do actual tax work. But since Internet technology has made it easier to share the workload with colleagues in multi-location firms or to take work home, the tasks for which temps are now hired may be different than they once were. Here's what some firms are doing.
Practice Management

How to avoid those pesky Gen Y stereotypes

By Phyllis Weiss HaserotThis is the fourth of a new series of regular columns by generational expert and internationally known consultant, coach, writer, and speaker Phyllis Weiss Haserot on intergenerational relations and navigating the challenges of the multi-generational workplace for better productivity, retention, succession planning, and business development results.

Financial worries keep most employees awake at night

Some 92 percent of employees say financial worries are keeping them up at night, according to a poll released recently by ComPsych Corporation. Only 8 percent of employees described themselves as "not worried." ComPsych is a provider of employee assistance programs (EAPs) including behavioral health, wellness, work-life and crisis intervention services.Employees were asked: Do financial worries keep you up at night?
Practice Management

Tips for Generation Y/Millennials' managers and mentors

By Phyllis Weiss HaserotThis is the third of a new series of regular columns by generational expert and internationally known consultant, coach, writer, and speaker Phyllis Weiss Haserot on intergenerational relations and navigating the challenges of the multi-generational workplace for better productivity, retention, succession planning, and business development results.

Medical benefits top retirement as costliest employee benefit

Medically related benefits accounted for the largest share of employer benefit costs at 12.1 percent and retirement benefits followed by 10.4 percent, according to the 2007 Employee Benefits Study recently released by the United States Chamber of Commerce. Payments for vacation, holidays, and other paid time off resulted in 9.8 percent of employer benefit costs. "Research shows that many employees consider benefits as important as salary," said Randel Johnson, Chamber's vice president for Labor, Immigration & Employee Benefits.
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Boomers and millennials: Can we achieve mutual admiration?

By Phyllis Weiss HaserotThis is the second in a new series of regular columns by generational expert and internationally known consultant, coach, writer, and speaker Phyllis Weiss Haserot on intergenerational relations and navigating the challenges of the multi-generational workplace for better productivity, retention, succession planning, and business development results.All the generations want more respect from the others. Below are things I think are under-appreciated. Recognizing them can help to build bridges.

Bullying in the workplace is an international issue

If you thought you left bullying behind along with jump ropes and gym uniforms, think again. The Workplace Bullying Institute, yes there is such a thing, reported last year that 37 percent of the U.S workforce or 54 million employees are being bullied now or have been bullied at the workplace at some point during their careers.
Education & Careers

Employers use social networking sites to research employee candidates

Could your future boss be perusing your profile? Twenty-two percent of hiring managers said they use social networking sites to research job candidates, up from 11 percent in 2006, according to a nationwide survey of more than 3,100 employers from CareerBuilder.com. An additional 9 percent said they don't currently use social networking sites to screen potential employees, but plan to start.Of those hiring managers who have screened job candidates via social networking profiles, one-third (34 percent) reported they found content that caused them to dismiss the candidate from consideration.
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From Boomers to Gen X and Y: How and what to communicate

By Phyllis Weiss HaserotThis is the start of a new series of regular columns by generational expert and internationally known consultant, coach, writer, and speaker Phyllis Weiss Haserot on intergenerational relations and navigating the challenges of the multi-generational workplace for better productivity, retention, succession planning, and business development results. Communication is a key sticking point, so we start with very specific tips to increase rapport and understanding.
A&A

Lack of sleep leads to job dissatisfaction

A survey from the University of Florida reveals that lack of sleep not only makes people tired and irritable, it also causes them to dislike or even hate their jobs the next morning. The effects were more pronounced among women, who reported suffering more fatigue and hostility and being less attentive and happy than their male counterparts.
A&A

Hiring essentials: Conducting background checks

By by Elizabeth MilitoWhen it comes to background checks, employers should be aware of the reasons for performing a background check, what basic information to request, and what legal boundaries exist to protect an employee's privacy.Why Conduct A Background Check?Federal and state law: Employers are legally required to conduct background checks for certain jobs. Depending on your company's industry, you may need to conduct background checks and may be prevented by statute from hiring employees convicted of particular offenses.
Education & Careers

Ninety-four percent of surveyed companies offer tuition reimbursements

As students gear up to go back to school this fall, those already in the workforce may want to consider continuing their education, a new survey suggests. Ninety-four percent of senior executives interviewed said their firms offer tuition benefits for their employees. Ninety-five percent of respondents said their companies also reimburse for other forms of professional development.The survey was developed by Accountemps, the world's first and largest staffing services firm specializing in accounting and finance.
Education & Careers

Times are tough all over: Survey shows employers and employees face problems

While many workers are having a tough time finding suitable employment in today's uncertain economy, companies also face challenges finding highly skilled people.
A&A

Staying safe for Labor Day

On the eve of a long weekend, it is tempting to overlook the role safety should play in everyone’s holiday plans. Whether a person is working, going on vacation or just hosting a barbeque at home, staying safe is key to having an enjoyable holiday.The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recommends employers commemorate Labor Day by conducting a companywide safety audit. Safety audits are important because they help businesses be proactive about safety and address problems before they result in an injury or illness.

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