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Tussey v. ABB Closes With $55 Million Settlement; Complex Case Changed Views of Fees, Fiduciary Duty

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 04:00

The original “excessive fees” case—first filed in 2006—finally concluded on March 28 with a $55 million settlement for the plaintiffs, one of the largest ever awarded in 401(k) fee litigation. Tussey v. ABB, after winding through earlier settlement awards to the plaintiffs, two appellate hearings in the 8th Circuit, and double rejections by...

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Four Ways to Tell if Your Perks Will Work

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 04:00

Do your employees and bottom line a favor—think before you dole out those trendy benefits. Companies eager to mimic the success of major high-tech firms like Google, Apple, and Facebook are quickly hopping on their benefits wagon by offering office perks like game rooms, free lunches, and unlimited vacation in the hopes of engaging and...

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Seeking Clarity in a Game of Thrones and Joint Employment

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 04:00

Warning: While I won’t spoil any details related to last night’s season 8 premiere, there will be spoilers potentially up through the end of Season 7. So, if you’re not caught up, you may want to run away—I’ll make sure to “Hold the Door” for you. With a constant shift in alliances due to necessity, […] The post Seeking Clarity...

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Which HRIS System Is Right for Your Company?

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 04:00

Finding the right human resource information system (HRIS) for your company can be a long and difficult search. Every organization has different needs and requirements for its HRIS. Before taking the first step, businesses should consider a few key elements when looking for the right HRIS system. It is important to recognize what your company...

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Career Resilience in an Ever-Evolving World

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 04:00

Resilience (noun): the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness; the ability to spring back into shape. Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the importance of career resilience and how every single working person will have to show it at some point in their lives. Two years ago this week, at the age of […] The post...

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Lessons for HR Technology: AI in Health Care

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 04:00

While many industries are playing catchup when it comes to implementing technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), one industry, in particular, has shown the value such technology offers.  That industry is healthcare. Take note, as much of what AI has done for that industry translates very well into the needs of the HR professional....

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The Value and Impact of Meaningful Work on Your Employees

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 04:00

There is plenty of evidence that shows that what motivates people to stay engaged and do their best at work is when they feel their work is meaningful. As I discussed in an earlier post, I think most jobs have meaningful aspects, and highlighting these is key to building and retaining great teams. Here are […] The post The Value and Impact of...

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How Working on Special Projects Can Significantly Boost Employee Engagement

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 04:00

One of the struggles any company faces is finding—and keeping—the right talent to help propel the organization to success. Promotions and salary increases are  good, but results from a recent study suggest that feeling engaged in work, along with feeling like there’s an opportunity to learn and grow, isn’t necessarily tied to a paycheck....

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3 Strategies to Ameliorate Workplace Anxiety

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 04:00

These are anxious times. A slow and unevenly shared economic recovery has engendered widespread feelings of anger and despair. Hard work doesn’t seem to bring success anymore. The business world appears harsher than ever. Automation and artificial intelligence, once figments of our imagination, now appear to be a real threat to a wide swath...

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The Surprising Reason the Majority of Employees Are Ready to Quit Their Jobs

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 04:00

While work-related stress is nothing new, managers might be surprised to learn that the level of sustained stress their teams experience is leading to substantial business and turnover risks. According to new research, an astounding 63% of employees today report a desire to quit their jobs. The reason? It’s not about money, opportunities for...

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Helping Workers Struggling With Personal Issues Helps the Team

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 04:00

Question: We have received several complaints from employees about two coworkers who are having a hard time keeping their personal lives out of the workplace. The employees claim it is affecting their ability to concentrate and feel comfortable at work. One is going through a divorce and supposedly cries to his coworkers. The other is […] The...

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Five Advantages of Employee-Driven Feedback

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 04:00

HR professionals may feel like the sole drivers of performance and development processes, but even though they are responsible for kick-starting continual feedback in the organization, their success is dependent on managers and employees embracing it. When employees feel comfortable sharing, asking for, and receiving performance analyses, notable...

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Four Easy Steps for Dealing with Stress

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 04:00

Workplace stress is a problem. According to a survey by Northwestern National Life, 40% of workers report that their job is very stressful, and 25% say their job is the primary stressor in their lives. And nearly half of employees say they need help learning to manage stress. Whether stress originates in the workplace or […] The post Four...

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Too Much Sameness? Learn the Strengths of Diverse Thinking in the Workplace

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 04:00

When conflicts and misunderstandings boil over in the workplace, managers may be tempted to wish for employees who always think alike. But such managers need to be careful what they wish for. When employees share the same racial, ethnic, and religious heritage; come from the same educational background; hail from the same geographic area;...

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Can Creativity Be Taught?

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 04:00

In an effort to understand the top skills companies are looking for in prospective candidates this year, LinkedIn conducted a massive analysis of hundreds of thousands of job posts. As it turns out, employers are looking far beyond soft and technical skills when searching for new talent. LinkedIn found that the most in-demand skill sets...

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Why You Might NOT Want to Bring Back a Boomerang Employee

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 04:00

In a previous post, we talked about the pros of hiring boomerang employees, or employees who leave an organization and later return.A recent Accountemps survey found that 9 in 10 senior managers report being open to hiring a boomerang employee, and many pros include benefits to the organization and its management. However, only 53% of […] The...

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How HR Leaders Drive Innovation

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 04:00

HR leaders shouldn’t underestimate the impact they can have on an organization. While they might spend a lot of time doing nitty-gritty tasks like ensuring document accuracy and keeping current with compliance updates, they can also play the critical role of driving innovation. Inert Begets Inert: HR to the Rescue Any organization with designs on...

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The Pros of Boomerang Employees

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 04:00

It’s often bittersweet to see a colleague leave your organization for another opportunity. On one hand, you may be happy he or she found a new position, but on the other hand, you’ll miss working with him or her.In Human Resources (HR), it’s often more bitter than sweet. The position needs to be refilled, which […] The post The Pros of...

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Managing a Multigenerational Workforce

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 04:00

Today’s workforce is more age-diverse than ever before, with Silents, Baby Boomers, Generation Xers, Millennials, and Generation Zers all sharing work space. With five different generations in the modern workforce spanning the ages from 16 to 72, managing employees in a way that promotes good will, productivity, and efficiency is more...

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Infographic: States Leading Employment-Related Regulations Charge

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 04:00

Due to legislative action (or lack thereof) on a federal level, states and local jurisdictions are continuing to advance employment-related laws and regulations intended to protect workers, from offering benefits like healthcare, retirement, and paid leave to policies regarding drug use and sexual harassment prevention. To help business owners...

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