Where can your business’ performance management improve?

How important is business performance management in a workplace?

How can your workforce enhance performance management?

How can your workforce enhance performance management?

According to a recent survey conducted by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd., 71 percent of more than 3,000 businesses and HR leaders said they had either already updated, or were in the process of reviewing their performance management practices. Most indicated the biggest change would be simplifying work methods for employees.

The most apparent changes these leaders said they would make include: providing ongoing professional development, building their strengths, and setting agile, team-centric goals that shift with business priorities.

These changes are beginning to highlight a shift between an old and new leadership style. Before, managers would often schedule annual or quarterly meetings to discuss employee progress, happiness, any issues etc. Now, these leaders are instead trying to support their employees through managing day-to-day needs.

Research from the HR council has found that performance management includes: Continue reading

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The importance of background screening employees

How can employee background checks enhance a workforce?

Is your hiring process adequate for your business needs?

Is your hiring process adequate for your business needs?

Background screening employees is an essential part of the hiring process. According to a recent HireRight Employment Screening Benchmarking Report, in addition to compliance risks, employers claim their top hiring concerns are poor quality candidates, high workplace turnover, absentee workers, fraud, theft, and workplace accidents.

So, how can employers enhance their hiring process? One way is to look at the background screening process with a new set of eyes. Keep the following three tips in mind when developing or strengthening your organization’s background screening plan: Continue reading

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5 tips for improving respectful work communication

Why is respect so important when communicating in a work environment?

Increase respect in your workplace by keeping the following tips in mind.

Increase respect in your workplace by keeping the following tips in mind.

Respectful communication between employees and leadership is an essential part of a productive, engaged work environment. A lack of respect when communicating can cause serious issues, adversely affect health and lead to high employee turnover in the future.

To maintain a suitable work environment, be sure to avoid over sharing personal information, as well as slacking and being late. In doing these things, employees display a lack of respect for both themselves and their fellow coworkers. This pertains to both regular employees and leadership personnel.

In terms of leadership, respect is even more important during interactions. According to a recent Harvard Business Review study of employees, those who reported feeling respected by their leaders demonstrated the following:

  • 55 percent reported stronger feelings of engagement
  • 56 percent had better health and ultimate well-being
  • Respected employees were 1.72 times more likely to trust other employees
  • 89 percent had greater enjoyment and satisfaction with their job and 92 percent had greater focus and sense of prioritization.

Those that felt respected by their leaders were also more likely to remain within their business longer than those who did not. Over half of employees that were polled claimed they didn’t feel respected by their leaders.

Keep the following five tips in mind when it comes to improving respectful communication and relations among employees and leadership: Continue reading

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OSHA releases new heat safety standards for D.C. residents

Keep employees cool this summer with these OSHA tips.

Keep employees cool this summer with these OSHA tips.

As the sweltering summer months begin to settle in, employers are encouraged to remember heat safety training for their employees.

According to a OSHA Regional News Release from this summer, heat illness is a legitimate concern when it comes to employees in D.C., and across the United States. Many employees are exposed to hot indoor and outdoor environments involving high air temperatures, radiant heat sources, high humidity, direct contact with hot objects and strenuous physical activity.

The workplaces that may expose workers to these conditions include ceramic plants and commercial kitchens, as well as farms and construction sites.

2015 is the fifth year OSHA has launched the Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness in Workers.

A recent study of 2014 heat-related illnesses and deaths found that nine deaths occurred within the first three days of working on a job, and four occurred on the employee’s first day. Of the 20 cases that were studied, heat illness prevention programs were found to be incomplete or completely absent.

When the air temperature becomes close to or warmer than the normal body temperature, cooling off the body becomes more difficult. Blood circulation near the skin has difficulty losing heat, and sweating becomes the main way the body cools off. If the body is unable to sweat due to weather conditions or previous medical conditions, the excess heat will be stored.

If this happens, the affected person can become dizzy, lose concentration and will likely faint. Excessive exposure can cause a range of heat-related illnesses including heat exhaustion, cramps, rashes and heat stroke. If not treated immediately, heat stroke can result in death. Continue reading

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Recent Study Shows Results of Inclusion Training in the Workplace

Today we have a guest post from Joel Lesko, Producer, Director and Owner at SunShower Learning. Mastery has published a number of SunShower Learning training programs on its mobile-friendly courseware platform.

Joel provided news of a recent scientific study that validates the results of one of SunShower’s most popular titles, “Ouch! That Stereotype Hurts.” This course covers techniques for combating demeaning comments and stereotypes. This program points out how these behaviors “undermine our ability to create an inclusive workplace where employees are welcomed, treated with respect and are able to do their best work.”

This course aims to help learners meet the following learning objectives:

  • Recognize the impact of stereotypes and biased statements, even when casually said.
  • Identify the most common reasons people sit silent in the face of bias and stereotypes.
  • Enhance skills for speaking up against stereotypes without blame or guilt.

Here is what Joel had to say about a recent study done on people who trained with the Ouch! Program: Continue reading

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