7 ways to engage retired and alumni employees as contractors
By Jay Lash
They have dedicated their career to your organization, so it’s time for newly retirees to dust off those golf clubs and move down to Florida—right? Not so fast. Managers in critical departments are finding that the legacy knowledge and functions held by these senior workers aren’t easily replaced by the upcoming workforce. Some industries, especially oil/gas, utilities, state governments, and financial institutions, are even struggling to find suitable employees to be trained and have critical knowledge transfer sessions with soon-to- retiree baby boomers. It’s an alarming trend, and many HR professionals are not aware of how often their alumni will need to return to the organization as contractors.
How wearable devices can impact both employee health and the bottom line.
By Nate Walkingshaw
It’s no secret that wearable technology has become a hot trend in the recent years. Devices that track health and fitness range from simple pedometers to wristbands and necklace pendants that monitor the amount of calories burned and record movement and even sleep patterns. These gadgets make it easier for individuals to get a picture of their overall health and fitness so they can stick with plans to live more healthy lifestyles.
By Debbie Bolla, Executive Editor
Confidence. Competition. Potential. Doing what you love.
These are a few words and phrases that made a lasting impact after my deep-dive discussion with four HR industry leaders at the HRO Today Forum this May. The quartet that joined me on stage (pictured above):
• John Wilson, Founder and CEO of WilsonHCG
• Sue Marks, CEO of Cielo
• Paul Harty, President of Seven Step RPO
• Gene Zaino, President & CEO of MBO Partners
Employee confidence levels are seemingly up, said the foursome—and forward-thinking organizations need to get in the game and take advantage of that confidence
Re-Calculating the HR Equation
By Elliot H. Clark, CEO
We just held the 2014 HRO Today Forum in both North America and in Singapore. We are thrilled and gratified at the level of engagement of our audience and thankful for the opportunity to advance the practice of HR. We are also appreciative of the ongoing support of our sponsors, who are the most sophisticated HR services and technology companies in the world
The 2014 HRO Today Awards winners are innovating their way to strategic partnerships.
By Russ Banham
Over the past generation, the people heading up HR in many organizations have become key strategic partners to their respective CEOs, entrusted to lead diverse workforce initiatives to improve talent acquisition and retention, spur business growth, enhance sustainability practices and cultivate a workforce culture that differentiates the organization
The gathering of our annual Forum equaled great business outcomes.
By The Editors
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Recognition may be the answer to your engagement and retention challenges.
By Debbie Bolla
Today’s recognition programs have quite a heavy load to carry on their shoulders. Organizations expect them to increase loyalty, productivity, and retention. And when executed properly, they are doing just that. Globoforce’s 2014 Workforce Mood Tracker survey found that 51 percent of those with values-based recognition programs are happy at work compared to only 35 percent of all respondents. The study also reveals that 73 percent of respondents name recognition as having a positive impact on their overall happiness at work.
The average employee will stress over finances – but you can help.
By Rob Austin and Rob Pinkerton
There are few things more frustrating than automobile trouble. Not too long ago, my car simply stopped running. I’ll be the first to admit that I skipped preventive maintenance every now and then. After all, my car had been working properly, and it was all too easy to find more important things to do with my time
Great benefits plan you’ve got there—but do employees know?
By Audrey Boone Tillman
Educating employees about their insurance plans can be just as important as the plans themselves. Recent example: Only 35 percent of workers believe that their employer effectively communicated about healthcare reform and subsequent changes to their benefits, according to the 2014 Aflac WorkForces Report, an annual survey that examines the issues impacting benefits in the workplace
How Hershey delivered a personalized employee experience.
By Mike Yeagley
Hershey Entertainment & Resorts (HE&R) was founded in 1927 when Milton S. Hershey elected to separate his chocolate manufacturing operations from his other businesses. With more than 1,600 full-time and 6,300 part- time and seasonal employees, HE&R owns and operates brands such as Hersheypark, Hershey Theatre, and The Hotel Hershey located in Hershey, Pennsylvania
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