Human Resources & Employee Effectiveness

Sep
6
2013
Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance

What It Is Employer-sponsored health insurance (ESI) is health insurance offered by an organization as part of a benefits and compensation package. The terms of the insurance plan and the extent of the employee’s contribution will vary depending on the organization. For instance, employees and their dependents may be covered …

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Shannon recently completed a master’s degree in Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on the religious dimensions of social and environmental justice movements in the twentieth-century American South. Before moving to North Carolina, Shannon...
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Aug
5
2013
Minimum Wage and Living Wages

What It Is The minimum wage in the US is the lowest hourly wage that an employee can legally be paid for his or her labor. As of August 2013, the federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. Minimum wage is part of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).[1] Many …

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Shannon recently completed a master’s degree in Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on the religious dimensions of social and environmental justice movements in the twentieth-century American South. Before moving to North Carolina, Shannon...
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Jul
30
2013
Workplace Training

What It Is Workplace training is training provided to employees at their place of work to familiarize them with the organization’s policies, work culture, and to provide them with the skills and knowledge necessary to perform their job. Workplace training may significantly overlap with professional development. However, professional development is undertaken …

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Shannon recently completed a master’s degree in Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on the religious dimensions of social and environmental justice movements in the twentieth-century American South. Before moving to North Carolina, Shannon...
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Jul
3
2013
Family and Medical Leave

What It Is Family and medical leave is leave granted to an employee for the birth, adoption, or fostering of a child; to allow an employee to care for a seriously ill family or household member; or when the employee is seriously ill. The 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) …

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Shannon recently completed a master’s degree in Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on the religious dimensions of social and environmental justice movements in the twentieth-century American South. Before moving to North Carolina, Shannon...
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Jun
27
2013
Professional Development – BONUS

What It Is Professional development (PD) encompasses a wide range of activities designed to improve the skill set, knowledge, and general professionalization of an individual. People pursue professional development to help them more successfully perform their current job or to allow them to transition into related or new work. Professional …

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Shannon recently completed a master’s degree in Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on the religious dimensions of social and environmental justice movements in the twentieth-century American South. Before moving to North Carolina, Shannon...
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Sep
18
2012
Open-Book Management

What It Is Open book management is a way of running an organization in which the information received by employees not only helps them do their jobs effectively, but also helps them understand how the company is doing as a whole.[1]   Why It Matters In its simplest form, open-book …

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Oct
25
2011
Flexible Work Options

What It Is Flexible work options are the ability for employees to work outside of the traditional five-day, 40 hours a week work model. These options include: Part-time work schedules: working less than full-time. Flex-time options: employee can vary the starting and ending times of the work day, but they …

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Sep
15
2011
Diversity

What It Is The concept of diversity in the workplace is about more than just hiring a diverse workforce. Diverse businesses go beyond mere tolerance to encourage true understanding of the individual differences that frequently fall along dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, age, physical …

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Sep
12
2011
Health & Wellness Practices

What It Is A wellness program promotes the maintenance of good health rather than the correction of poor health. Depending on the structure and culture of an organization, a wellness program may include fitness programs, recreational opportunities, social activities, and programs to enhance intellectual and spiritual development. Why It Matters …

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Sep
12
2011
Employee Performance Evaluations

What It Is During an employee performance review or evaluation, a manager assesses an employee’s job performance and then discusses the assessment with him/her. A good performance review also affords the employee a chance to ask questions, as well as to make suggestions or comments about the organization. Organizations generally …

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