In a classic scene during the first season of The Office, the company oddball, Dwight Schrute, receives the task of choosing an inexpensive health plan. After ruthlessly cutting the plan to the minimum requirements and receiving much argument from the rest of the team, Dwight implements a survey where each employee must fill out his or her various ailments in exact detail.
When a handful of made-up diseases frustrate Dwight, awkwardness ensues when each employee is faced with owning up to his or her embarrassing health history, or risk losing the coverage.
While this episode provides ample opportunities for awkwardness, it illuminates the importance of apps oand portals [...]
If you’ve ever had the distinct impression that you could accomplish so much more for your organization if only the decision-making processes your organization utilizes were clearer, you’re not alone.
Organizations in both the private and nonprofit sectors suffer from a chronic case of decision confusion. This means that it’s unclear who has the power to make which specific decisions directly affecting people’s jobs.
This problem is especially apparent at nonprofit organizations, which often vacillate between a time-consuming and inefficient consensus approach to decision-making, and concentrating decision-making power in the hands of a small group of senior staff. But [...]
Once again, Harvard Business Review takes on Human Resources. They want to blow it up. There are three spotlight articles on HR in the July-August issue, two by academics and one by HR’s friend, Ram Charan. Remember him?
I suppose all of this attention on the profession of HR is actually a good thing. At least it is placing attention on the single most important element for business success – the people.
Peter Capelli suggests that HR professionals cannot wait to be told what to do, because most business leaders are not experts on workplace issues. To say that is an understatement is like saying the Eiffel Tower is a playground structure. He advocates that HR be in [...]
If you’ve been an HR professional or a recruiter in the last 10 years or so, you’ve seen some changes in the way that you do your job because new software (some desktop-based and some is web-based,) has come to the workplace.
The question is, has today’s innovations in HR technology actually made some real contributions with real value to the way that business is done in the social professional space.
Take payroll for example: ADP’s payroll and time management software makes recording employee’s time worked much easier to account for than the old card-punching mechanism in place as late as the early 90s. Accountants and payroll employees don’t have to sit there for [...]