Human Resources

Not Business as Usual

May 20, 2009
Sharyn Alden CU CEOs deal with low morale from SEG layoffs. As recessionary layoffs continue, many credit union CEOs must do double and even triple duty. They report they’re more than managers. Sometimes they’re grief counselors and coaches. They must make a personal commitment to lead by example. CEOs describe... READ MORE

Look Beyond the Magic 8 Ball

May 20, 2009
G. Kent Streuling Uncertain times deliver tough HR answers. My Magic 8 Ball® from junior high sits on my desk. During the current unstable economy, it reminds me the answers to my questions may be different each day. Wouldn’t it be nice to see what the next 18 months have... READ MORE

Pay Discrimination Suits: The Door Widens

March 31, 2009
Karen Saul With pay discrimination, each paycheck is a new filing opportunity. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, the first legislation President Obama signed into law, has a retroactive effective date of May 28, 2007. It applies to all claims of discriminatory compensation pending on or after that... READ MORE

Thwart Internal Theft And Fraud

March 30, 2009
Sharyn Alden Develop and communicate strong antifraud policies and procedures. In a perfect world, all employees are honest and trustworthy at all times. This isn’t a perfect world. Technological changes and new products and services make preventing internal theft and fraud an ever-challenging endeavor, agree credit union executives. The tough... READ MORE

Disarm the Firing Squad: Nine Ways to Prepare for a Layoff-Heavy 2009

February 20, 2009
Worried about losing your job? Take action now, advises Dr. Richard Bayer, chief operating officer of The Five O’Clock Club . He advises employees to take these nine “act-now tips” to neutralize layoff fears and prepare for an uncertain employment future: 1. Get your ducks in a row Test the... READ MORE

What Do Employees Know About CUs?

February 20, 2009
What do employees know about credit unions, and how does that influence their member interactions? That was the subject of a study of 10 credit unions by the Filene Research Institute , Madison, Wis. "Employee Perceptions of Credit Unions: Implications for Member Profitability" expanded on an earlier Filene study, which... READ MORE

Extreme Makeover: FMLA Edition

January 23, 2009
Karen Saul Changes aim to ease family and medical leave administration. The first-ever amendments to the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) became effective Jan. 16. The changes are intended to improve communication between employers, workers, and health-care providers. Highlights include: Military family leave. Two new entitlements became... READ MORE

Think 'Training Camp'

November 17, 2008
Denis Crawford If you plan carefully, CU trainees can learn the drills and have a ball. No yawns allowed at my orientation training sessions. Through trial and error, I’ve come up with a system that works well for me as a trainer: “Think training camp.”   I grew up near... READ MORE

How Recruiters Shed Light on Executives' Character

November 01, 2008
How Recruiters Shed Light on Executives' Character November 1, 2008 By Dean Bare As corporate America shuffles through the wake of the Enron, Adelphia, and HealthSouth scandals, the issue of "character" now is on the minds of boards of directors, shareholders, and employees as companies seek senior-level executives. While not... READ MORE

Nine Hiring Hot Topics

November 01, 2008
Nine Hiring Hot Topics November 1, 2008 Hiring professionals should keep these nine hiring hot topics in mind during the upcoming year, according to employeescreenIQ , a Cleveland-based employee screening company: 1. Background checks Considering the state of the economy, the job market is destined to become even more competitive,... READ MORE

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