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Simple ideas to help you reduce employee turnover and retain top talent!

Posted By Editor, Laurie, Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Employee turnover can be burdensome for companies to deal with. After all, you may invest a considerable amount of time and resources into the proper training of quality employees.

More than that, it can be time-consuming and costly to replace them. Even your great employees who are a true asset to your company may quit at some point.

You may think that they would leave for higher pay or improved benefits, but this is not always the case. Some employees leave because of the work environment, the type of work they are being asked to do and more.

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Tags:  Employee retention  hr leadership  hr management 

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Layoffs, job restructuring, and wage freezes no excuse for unequal pay

Posted By Laurie A. Pehar Borsh, Thursday, September 21, 2017
Updated: Thursday, September 21, 2017

A quick story regarding pay equity which continues to be a hot topic as state legislatures continue to look for ways to expand equal pay laws. California’s pay equity law, California Labor Code 1197.5, allows wage comparisons for jobs that require “substantially similar work,” unlike the federal Equal Pay Act which looks at “equal work.” 

Contribute by Karen Davisemployment attorney at Vigilant.

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Tags:  California labor code  Employee retention  equal pay laws  pay equity 

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Built to Last: Top 5 reasons your HR initiatives fail

Posted By Editor, Laurie, Friday, September 15, 2017
Updated: Friday, September 15, 2017

Contributed by Amii Barnard-Bahn, JD, CHIC – presenter for the NCHRA Small Company Conference.,h_460,al_c,q_80,usm_0.66_1.00_0.01/e00b33_f48728957bc54fec87441b0e35449b3e~mv2_d_4793_3143_s_4_2.webpWe have all heard the phrase “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” (Attributed to business guru Peter Drucker and made famous by Mark Fields, CEO and President of Ford Motor Company.) But what does that mean for us as human resources professionals? It means that organizations have a natural tendency to resist change and stay as they are. 

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Tags:  change management  lead change  leadership  leadership developement  Leadership Development  small company HR 

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Workplace stress endangers employee health, but your seasoned staff may be the answer

Posted By Editor, Laurie, Friday, September 1, 2017
Updated: Friday, September 1, 2017

By Gloria Dunn-Violin

Workplace stress causes untold physical and psychological harm to employees of all ages. And, the cost of this debilitating health issue is staggering.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) defines job stress as the harmful physical and emotional responses that occur when the requirements of the job do not match the capabilities, resources, or needs of the worker.

The American Psychological Association estimates that more than $500 billion is siphoned off from the U.S. economy and 550 million workdays are lost each year because of workplace stress.

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Tags:  employee retention  employee wellness  workplace stress  workplace wellness 

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Workplace Words that Wound

Posted By Laurie A. Pehar Borsh, Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Contributed by Lorie Reichel-Howe
Presenter, NCHRA Small Company HR Conference – October 19, San Francisco
We have all felt the sting of cutting words, the stab of sarcasm and the sickening silence when a coworker is assaulted with a verbal bomb.  When workplace word wars occur, employees become casualties, relationships are strained and morale plummets. When verbal outbursts occur, organizational culture erodes, productivity is held hostage, and attrition skyrockets.
>> Continuing reading this article on the HR West Blog

Tags:  effective leadership  HR leadership training  HR Management  HR speaker  humanistic leadership  leadership  Leadership Strategy  NCHRASmallHR  People Management  Small Company HR  workplace communication 

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