A man in Ohio has constructed a two-story replica of a "Star Wars" vehicle in his front yard for Halloween. Nick Meyer, who used hard foam, wood and plastic barrels to create the replica, says he likes the film series but isn't a fanatic.
In the past year, 38.7% of National Park Service employees have experienced some form of harassment, discrimination or sexual assault at work, an anonymous survey indicates, but 3 in 4 of those who said they experienced such incidents didn't report them. Acting Park Service Director Michael Reynolds and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke have issued an apology and fired several employees, and they say they are committed to changing the culture of the park service.
Future HR directors will create a workplace atmosphere that engages millennial employees, helps workers collaborate and treats them like customers, according to a Unispace survey of HR directors. "This is reflective of a change in perspective from 'human resources' to responsibility for the employee life cycle and experience," said Simon Pole, global design director for Unispace.
President Donald Trump's executive order on health care is expected to offer small businesses more options on coverage. The order seeks expanded short-term coverage and may allow companies in similar industries to join together to offer association health plans.
If your company is hit by a ransomware attack that locks and accesses HR data, determine how employees' personal information has been affected and notify them, writes Kwabena Appenteng. "If group health plan data is involved, a HIPAA security incident has occurred that may need to be reported to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as a breach," he writes.
To build a better company culture, establish a clear mission, create job responsibilities that match the company's goals and make sure employees are the right fit for their jobs, writes Brad Wolff, managing director for JumpVine. From there, focus on bringing employees in line with the company's values.
Women disengage at work at a higher rate than men because of gaps in areas such as work-life balance, mentorship opportunities, compensation and promotion, reports show. "Having a culture and working environment that is great for senior women appears to generate positive effects for everyone," says Claire Tracey, co-author of a Boston Consulting Group report.
Millennials want to work for a company that offers good compensation, career advancement, appealing benefits -- and a platform that makes all these services easy to access, writes Jen Stroud. Create a centralized employee service center that's accessible on mobile devices and ask for and respond to employee feedback.
Rohaya Roslee of Dow Chemical Pacific says the company supports employee engagement through an "appreciation platform" and flexible benefits. Engagement "is a shift of mindset where everyone is accountable to make the system work, not only for themselves but for the team and the organization," Roslee says.
Health and wellness programs, performance-based compensation and career-development opportunities are among the hallmarks of a strong total rewards program, writes Elsa Koh, head of compensation and benefits for Singapore and Malaysia at Coca-Cola Singapore Beverages.