Human Resources

Lower Your 401(k) Plan Costs

July 29, 2010

Increasingly, employers who provide their employees with a retirement plan are relying on 401(k) and similar defined contribution plans instead of defined benefit plans. As a result, participants are paying more of the cost of managing their pension plans, which can take a substantial toll on their retirement savings.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics Releases Benefits Survey

July 28, 2010

The Bureau of Labor Statistic’s National Compensation Survey provides comprehensive measures of occupational earnings, compensation cost trends, the incidence of benefits, and detailed benefit provisions.

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Are Credit Reports Relevant When Hiring?

July 21, 2010
Find answers in "Credit Reports and the Hiring Process: The Value (and Risk) to HR Professionals." READ MORE

CUNA/NCBA Sign Training Licensing Agreement

July 12, 2010
CUNA has signed a formal licensing agreement to provide training for National Cooperative Business Association members. READ MORE

12 Rules For Effective Employee Incentives

June 29, 2010
Behavior followed by a positive consequence is the basic premise of employee incentives. READ MORE

The ROI of Recognition Programs

June 15, 2010
Scrimping on employee recognition programs might be penny-wise, but it’s pound-foolish, agree human resource experts and practitioners. READ MORE

Combat Workplace Violence

June 02, 2010
Proactive employers can reduce the likelihood of workplace violence. READ MORE

It's Not Personal; It's Business

June 01, 2010

Face-to-face communication is becoming a lost art.

One of my favorite chick flicks is “You’ve Got Mail.” In the movie, Tom Hanks plays a character who owns a big chain bookstore and Meg Ryan’s character is the owner of a small corner bookstore previously owned by her mother.

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Pulling Together

June 01, 2010
U.S. worker productivity, year over year, continues to increase. Even though employees have seen their incomes stagnate, job opportunities derailed, and retirements jeopardized, worker productivity keeps climbing, reports the Credit Union National Association’s 2010-2011 Environmental Scan. READ MORE

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Great article! Unfortunately, most employees don’t feel valued or appreciated by their supervisors or employers. In fact, research has shown that the predominant reason team members quit their jobs is because they don’t feel valued. This is in spite of the fact that employee recognition programs have proliferated in the workplace – over 90% of all organizations in the U.S. has some form of employee recognition activities in place. But most employee recognition programs are viewed with skepticism and cynicism – because they aren’t viewed as being genuine in their communication of appreciation. Getting the “employee of the month” award, receiving a certificate of recognition, or a “Way to go, team!” email just don’t get the job done. How do you communicate authentic appreciation? We have found people have different ways that they want to be shown appreciation, and if you don’t communicate in the language of appreciation important to them, you essentially “miss the mark”. Additionally, employees need to receive recognition more than once a year at their performance review. Otherwise, they view the praise as “going through the motions”. A third component of authentic appreciation is that the communication has to be about them personally – not the department, not their group, but something they did. Finally, they have to believe that you mean what you say. How you treat them has to match the words you use. If you are not sure how your team members want to be shown appreciation, the Motivating By Appreciation Inventory (www.appreciationatwork.com/assess) will identify the language of appreciation and specific actions preferred by each employee. You then can create a group profile for your team, so everyone knows how to encourage one another. Remember, employees want to know that they are valued for what they contribute to the success of the organization. And communicating authentic appreciation in the ways they desire it can make the difference between keeping your quality team members or having a negative work environment that everyone wants to leave. Paul White, Ph.D., is the co-author of The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace with Dr. Gary Chapman.

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