Rumor has it that smaller staffs, with people wearing more “hats,” is the new normal since the economic downtrend. Perhaps this is not very far from the truth. You no longer see bank foyers dotted with desks; instead they have installed “pods” that you step up to, rather than sit down to perform your financial transactions. Self-checkout lanes have become commonplace, and the days of (real life) grocery tellers asking you how your day is going as they scan your groceries and send them down the conveyer belt seem to be numbered. Doing less with more, combining two or three jobs into one, buying into the latest software or electronic gadgets to help the workplace become more efficient, or simply getting more from the fewer employees you have is where the business world is headed.
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Looking to the latter half of 2011, there is one workplace trend that many employers are looking toward implementing – a comprehensive workplace learning strategy.
The most successful executives and entrepreneurs we know, admire and read about are those who surround themselves with advisors who are experts in their fields. Just as our primary care medical doctor has helped us over the years to maintain good health….and through difficult medical or emotional times, so can a Workers’ Comp Advisor guide a business to wellness. Wouldn’t it be to your advantage to have that type of relationship with your insurance advisor for the business challenges you face as an employer or manager?
“Presenteeism” is a baffling epidemic plaguing employers these days. Employers are not sure how to account for it. Supervisors often ignore it, and employers are not always aware of the consequences. Thus, they are not fully able to remedy its disadvantages.
One of the most sensitive issues to address in the workplace is body odor. This problem can be unpleasant and awkward for all concerned—the offender, other employees, and Human Resources. And it’s not a rare situation—some HR managers have to deal with the matter once or twice a year in offices as well as in manual labor settings.
Our recently published newsletter, CA Employer contains great articles for any HR or Business Professional.
In HR, we are often the one’s sent to put out fires. We have to be able to effectively, efficiently and legally solve conflicts and make sure our employees have the skills, tools, and environment they need to do their job.