Entries by Jennifer Doherty

Ditching the Annual Review

THE ANNUAL PERFORMANCE REVIEW WAS ONCE THE DARLING OF THE HR WORLD. It was designed to document past performance, justify employment actions and salary decisions, and motivate employees to excel – all of which continue to be essential elements of employee management. Sadly, in most companies the annual performance review struggles to live up to […]

Imagining the Workplace of the Future

Back in the 1950s, Frederick Herzberg explored the link between an employee’s motivation to perform their job and the environment in which they must perform it.  It was a revolutionary idea for its time, but now it’s accepted as fact – that poor working environments will increase rates of employee dissatisfaction.   Thankfully, working conditions have come a long […]

Compensation That Motivates

Getting the Most Motivation from Those Precious Payroll Dollars When HR professionals peer inside the crystal ball, some see a time when the annual salary increase is no more. c. A 2% to 4% increase range may represent a significant investment of company resources, but it’s simply not enough to wow any individual employee. Additionally, over […]

Tattoos in the Workplace

There was a time when companies looking to ban visible tattoos in the workplace had a relatively easy time of it. After all, employees with tattoos have no specific legal protections under Title VII. And yet, the EEOC has filed a number of lawsuits against companies that prohibit visible tattoos. Once again, a seemingly straightforward […]

Time to Replace Outdated HR Policies

Out with the old, and in with the new! How Respectful Workplace Policies are Replacing Antiquated Workplace Conduct Policies Compliance with federal, state, and municipal workplace regulations is an unavoidable challenge of doing business, and the ways business owners choose to apply and communicate these mandatory policies continue to evolve. It’s incumbent on business owners […]

The Decline of Classroom Training

Retro isn’t always cool… According to a 2016 survey of learning and development (L&D) professionals, 78% of training programs rely on in-person classroom training as the primary teaching strategy. And yet, in the same study, L&D professionals admit that getting employees to physically attend these trainings is a top challenge, second only to budget. The webinar was […]

Medical Marijuana in the Workplace

As of today, 30 states and the District of Columbia have passed some level of medical marijuana legislation, essentially allowing the regulated use of a narcotic that remains illegal under federal law. And most of these states offer no employment protections for use of the drug they’ve legalized. This means medical marijuana simultaneously is and isn’t […]

Stop Bullying in the Workplace

One in four US employees are victims of workplace bullying, but their employers often struggle with how to address an issue where, in contrast to most other areas of harassment, legal guidance is thin. Define It, So You Can Prevent It Too often the definition of bullying is dismissed as “I’ll know it when I see […]

Bathrooms, Federal Laws, and HR

Who uses which bathroom?  How many bathrooms  must the company provide and can we dictate who uses which? Although the transgendered are a small percentage of the population, as a group they are more open about their status than ever before. Proactive employers will have a plan in place for protecting and supporting all their […]

Ready or Not Here Come Annual Reviews

For many managers, the end of the calendar year heralds the arrival of the dreaded annual performance review process – the one and only time each year when they sit with employees in an official management capacity to discuss job performance. Why Evaluations Matter An effective performance management system is an ongoing process with regular […]