Secret of Great Places to Work? Two Words: Culture Fit (Video)

November 17, 2011 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

Michael Burchell shares some of the best practices for attracting employees he’s encountered during his work as VP of global business development and a senior consultant with The Great Place to Work Institute. He maintains that it’s important to determine if an applicant would be a “good culture fit” for your company. Beyond the interview process, successful companies also do other things to make job applicants feel welcome and begin to picture themselves in a new, comfortable role with the company.

Burchell is part of the panel discussion “Managing Today’s Talent Pipeline: 30 Ideas in 30 Minutes” at the 2011 Advanced Employment Issues Symposium (AEIS) this week in Las Vegas. The following video clip below is from the same panel discussion during the AEIS conference held in Nashville, Tennessee, in October. He also presented a separate session on “Secrets of the Best Places to Work.”

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Coffee-Picking Expedition Changes Employees ‘Forever’ (Video)

November 17, 2011 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

Kathy Brooks explains how Green Mountain Coffee Roasters achieves a 94% retention rate. It could have something to do with the coffee-picking expedition that top employees get to go on each year. Some 30-50 employees — all nominated by their peers or supervisors — are chosen to visit coffee-growing countries like Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Mexico, where they spend time in the fields, actually picking coffee. “People are changed forever,” says Brooks, who has been the Waterbury, Vermont, company’s VP of HR and Organizational Development since April 2001.

Brooks says Green Mountain also invests heavily in employee development and training. Within 30 days of joining the company, employees meet with their supervisors to formulate and put in place a development plan, which is updated every 12 months.

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Best Place to Work Builds in Fun, Face-to-Face Time (Video)

November 17, 2011 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

Liz Wilson McKee maintains that having fun is a key element of engaging employees. She is the internal communications manager for national law firm Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkwitz, one of Fortune Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For in America.” McKee says HR managers should look for opportunities to celebrate. Events can be scheduled or spontaneous. And when you aren’t celebrating? Communicate. In fact, she says the firm sets aside 10 minutes a day so its 1,200-plus attorneys and other staff members can talk among themselves, face to face.

McKee is part of the panel discussion “Managing Today’s Talent Pipeline: 30 Ideas in 30 Minutes” at the 2011 Advanced Employment Issues Symposium (AEIS) this week in Las Vegas. The following video clip below is from the same panel discussion during the AEIS conference held in Nashville, Tennessee, in October. The session’s purpose was to help employers recharge their employee recruitment, retention and development programs.

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Bagel, Anyone? HR Pro’s Tips to Improve Employee Engagement (Video)

November 17, 2011 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

Andrew Botwin explains that “engagement” at Rothstein Kass means employees getting involved. The national accounting firm uses feedback from employee focus groups to make changes that employees can see. He also recommends adding a social element to official functions to keep employees engaged. That can be something as simple as bagels at a morning meeting so that people come a little early and socialize before the meeting starts.

Botwin is part of the panel discussion “Managing Today’s Talent Pipeline: 30 Ideas in 30 Minutes” at the 2011 Advanced Employment Issues Symposium (AEIS) this week in Las Vegas. The following video clip below is from the same panel discussion during the AEIS conference held in Nashville, Tennessee, in October.

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Your HR Department 2011 Survey Results

October 12, 2011 - by: Wendi Watts 0 COMMENTS

Each year, HRHero surveys its readers about their HR departments and what has changed in the last year. This year, 820 people took the online survey. The following are highlights of the results.

  • 37% of respondents have been in HR for six to 15 years. 28% have been in HR for 16 to 25 years.
  • More than 70% of respondents are full-time HR employees and 85% are classified as exempt employees.
  • 37% of respondents said they have an annual salary of $71,000 to $110,000. 29% said they have an annual salary of $51,000 to $70,000.
  • 53% reported that they typically work 40 to 50 hours per week.
  • 55% said the head of HR at their organization reports to either the CEO,  president, or executive director.
  • 41% reported that HR has an influential seat in the inner circle of strategic planning at their organization.
  • 28% said they have an HR department of one person, while 31% reported there are two to three people in their HR department.

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Staying Current in HR 2011 Survey Results

September 28, 2011 - by: Wendi Watts 0 COMMENTS

Human resources and employment law information — like everything else — is available in multiple formats from multiple sources. So whom do HR pros trust to help them stay current on human resources and employment law issues and in what format? Each year we ask our  readers to tell us about their favorite sources to turn to. Here are some of the results:

  • Respondents use new technologies but still enjoy the person-to-person interaction of networking and live training. Live seminars, networking, online resources, SHRM or other HR meetings, websites, and webinars are the formats many respondents use.
  • Topics respondents trained on most last year include the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), benefits, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and new state or federal legislation or regulations.
  • Online resources respondents recommend for staying current in HR include SHRM, government agencies, and websites like HRHero and BLR.com.

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Benefits Other Than Health Insurance 2011 Survey Results

February 17, 2011 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

Each year, HR Hero and HRLaws survey readers about your organizations’ benefits packages. Although much has been said about the effects of health care reform on employer-based health insurance during the last year, the other benefits that organizations are offering their employees — flex time, telecommuting, child-care assistance, wellness programs, tuition reimbursement, and concierge services — are starting to make headlines. Because of this new focus, our February survey looked at benefits other than health insurance.

According to the survey, most of you offer health insurance (95.87%), dental insurance (90.55%), life insurance (90.94%), paid holidays (85.04%), and defined-contribution retirement plans (84.06%) to your employees. Additionally, many of you indicated that your organization offers nonwage benefits that are about the same as (46.94%) or more generous than (22.29%) your competitors.

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Weather Wreaking Havoc on Employers

February 02, 2011 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

As winter weary eyes eagerly watched to see if the groundhog would see his shadow, a large swath of the United States was paralyzed by record snow and ice forcing business closures, stranding traveling employees, knocking out power, and damaging buildings. This week, we’ve collected several articles we thought might help you deal with the current situation and prepare for future acts of Mother Nature. In the meantime, we all hope that Punxsutawney Phil is an accurate weatherman since he did not see his shadow, which legend says means spring will be early.

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Health Insurance and Health Care Reform Survey Results Are In

January 27, 2011 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

Each year, HR Hero surveys readers about your organizations’ benefits packages. Because 2010′s health care reform laws created sweeping changes in how businesses offer health insurance to workers, this year our January survey focused only on health insurance and health care reform.

According to the survey, an overwhelming majority (96.46%) of you work for organizations that offer health insurance to employees. The survey also reveals that most of you consider your health care plans to be a valuable asset, even though most of your organizations’ health insurance costs rose in the past year.

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Good and Bad News in 2011 Compensation Survey Results

December 09, 2010 - by: Wendi Watts 0 COMMENTS

There’s good news and bad news to be found in the results of HRHero.com’s 2011 Compensation Survey. The good news is that last year 32 percent of respondents said they were going to have a wage freeze in 2010, but this year only 21 percent say they are planning to have a wage freeze in the coming year.

Our recent survey also shows that 43 percent of respondents are planning to give raises in 2011, compared to just 36.43 percent of last year’s respondents who expected to give raises in 2010. The bad news is that wage freezes and layoffs are still a common issue for many organizations.

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