Loneliness is one of the most underrated problems in the US, hurting productivity and retention efforts, studies have found. Researchers with BetterUp found that when people experience "shared meaning" at work and have more social support, employee turnover slows by 24%.
Posting an incomplete work history, using too much jargon and focusing on tasks instead of accomplishments are among the many mistakes people often make managing their LinkedIn profiles, writes Liz Ryan. Don't be afraid to infuse your profile with some personality to help brand yourself, she writes.
A poorly formatted resume or a weak interview performance are two reasons recruiters do not return calls, writes Stacy Pollack. Ask someone to critique your resume and conduct mock interviews to help improve your chance of a callback, she writes.
Promptly thank a potential employer when offered a position, and respectfully ask for a few days to render a final decision if still on the fence, writes Betsy Mikel. Feel free to ask questions after the offer to confirm the job is a good fit.
Authorities in Austria's Tyrol state fined a man $197 for referring to police officers as "smurfs" in a post to a Facebook group. The fine cited the man for "defaming two police officers."
A diverse workplace gives all employees opportunities, promotes a collaborative environment and helps people feel like they can share ideas, HR leaders say. "[Training can] enhance awareness and help supervisors work towards eliminating biases so that we have a more inclusive culture," says Brendan Toomey, Hilton vice president of HR in Asia-Pacific.
Be proactive about preventing workplace harassment by building an anti-harassment culture and giving employees an easy way to lodge complaints. "Not investing the time right now to review policies and procedures, work environment and employee behaviors is missing an opportunity to protect your business," says Kristen Houser, chief public affairs officer for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.
HR leaders in the health care industry should remember to focus on the human side of mergers and acquisitions, which last year reached the highest level in the industry since 2000, write Chris Groscurth and Camille Patrick. The data from cultural measurements can identify where the two cultures differ and what can be done to bring employees into alignment.
Spring is a time for HR to get up to date on policies, procedures and contracts, establish performance objectives, plan recruitment efforts and review talent-management programs. Also, HR should be preparing for the EU's General Data Protection Regulation.
HR can help place and support employees with autism by designing an unconventional interview process and showing supervisors how to accommodate them, writes Susanne Bruyere, director of the Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability at Cornell University. "Communication about the Autism at Work program and its role as a part of the strategic business imperative should be evident in both external and internal company messaging," she writes.
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