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Simple Steps to Selecting HR Software

Selecting HR software, also referred to as HRIS (Human Resources Information System) or HRMS (Human Resources Management System), is an important decision. With the right tools and capabilities, specifically selected to align with your business objectives, you will improve the efficiency of your human resources managers and administrators, increase employee satisfaction, ensure compliance with state and federal regulations, and appropriately manage the costs associated with workforce management.

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Real HR Issues: A Simple “Thank you” Goes a Long Way

A common question we hear as HR professionals is “How do I retain my star employees?” My response is, “just say thank you.”

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Defining an Appropriate Holiday Party Dress Code

On a day to day basis, dress code should be clear to employees based on the parameters that are set in the company handbook. However, challenges arise during holiday parties, when suddenly employees must shift from their normal dress code into holiday attire. In dealerships especially, dress code may vary from department to department. To ease the stress of your employees, specify the dress code for your holiday parties in the invitation, which will provide employees with clear guidelines on what is appropriate to wear for the event.

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Employment Testing and Screening Procedures

Properly applied, tests and screening procedures can limit or avoid the personnel headaches that plague an employer who may otherwise hire the wrong person for the wrong position.

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How can a Formal Incident Reporting System Help Your Dealership?

While employers frequently have the opportunity to review their employees’ productivity through annual reviews, one-on-ones, and disciplinary action, it is much harder for an employee to provide their own feedback comfortably. Why is this? Fear of retaliation often stops employees from vocalizing their grievances, despite the fact that punishment of an employee for submitting a complaint is an illegal activity. Not only does this fear influence the employee, it also can impact employer profits.

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HR Audit Checklist: Six Quick Steps to a Perfect HR Audit

Don’t wait to audit until the auditor arrives. Do this quick spring cleaning of your HR practices. Spring cleaning for Human Resources Managers should include an HR practices audit.

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Real HR Issues: Performance Evaluations - Positive Development Tool or a Smoking Gun?

I was recently working with a client who was concerned about whether performance evaluations were a feature that they should implement into their HR practices. This is a viable concern due to recent HR community debate about whether performance evaluations are a tool to help performance or a smoking gun in the event of a lawsuit. When used correctly, performance evaluations help to track good and bad performance, increase employee morale, and promote employee growth and development. So how can a performance evaluation become a smoking gun?

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Real HR Issues: What Makes an Office Gift Appropriate?

Several years ago I had an office manager who generously wanted to provide a holiday gift to his employees.They had worked extra hard that year and he thought it would be a nice way to reward them. When we began to brainstorm about his gift, I reminded him that there were a few circumstances that would affect his final decision and that we would have to be very careful about.

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