Employees thought to be distracted and overloaded at work
A new survey conducted by NEHRA reveals a majority of human resource professionals believe their employees are having difficulty focusing on the job.
Our HR experts answer your employer-related questions, including advice on dealing with romantic, inter-office relationships.
NEHRA - The Voice of HR
Issues to consider with non-competition agreements
NCAs cut both ways for human resource professionals. They can help us maintain our own workforce. But they also can impede our efforts to expand our workforce.
Employment Law and Immigration Law
Our expert explores where the blame for high employee turnover rates is being placed — and what can be done to fix the problem.
The blame game: Passing the buck on employee turnover
Our expert explores where the blame for high employee turnover rates is being placed — and what can be done to fix the problem.
Creating a culture of employee engagement
Check out our experts' tips on how to best engage employees and tackle one of today's most important business issues.
Benefits and Compensation
Our HR experts answer your employer-related questions, including ways to ease employees' financial stresses and how to deal with attendance problems.
Many organizations optimistic despite state of the economy
A new survey conducted by NEHRA reveals a majority of area firms are expecting little change in budgets, staffing and financial results in 2008.
Our HR experts answer your employer-related questions, including advice on implementing peer review systems and effective training programs.
Getting on board with onboarding
Does every employee have to go through this rite of passage or can companies do something to smoothly assimilate new employees into the organization?
Finding the best talent single greatest recruiting challenge, survey says
The top five industries hiring according to the NEHRA survey include high technology, financial services, professional services, manufacturing, and healthcare.
Leveraging 360-degree assessments... pre-hire
With advances in technology, it is now not only possible, but practical, to collect useful and actionable information from references, using web-based reference checking software.
Five ways to keep your employees focused through the holidays
Here is a secret that many of your employees don't want you to know about. On the fourth Thursday of every November, your employees unofficially begin their holiday hiatus.
Employee retention programs lacking at most New England firms
A new survey shows that nearly three out of four area firms still lack a specific program.
Why HR professionals need to help leaders motivate employees, communicate vision, and move the company in one direction.
'I don't want to get anyone in trouble, but...'
Even employees who see themselves as inarticulate or vulnerable can voice their workplace concerns and expect respectful treatment.
Hiring candidates with green cards, more
Our Human Resources experts answer your employer-related questions on immigration, including what to do when hiring a candidate with a green card.
Aging workforce a challenge for most firms in the region
Firms in New England will soon be facing a critical workplace shortage as the baby boomer generation retirement looms. So say the results of a new survey by the NEHRA.
Questions on employment law
Our HR Experts answer your questions related to Employment Law in Massachusetts, including what the requirements are for minors to get working papers in the state.
My experiences are not those of colleagues even 5-7 years younger than I. In order to help other managers avoid cross-generational gaffes, here are my tips for managing this generation.
HR's role in managing office diversity, more
Our HR experts answer your work-related questions, including how to deal with issues affecting diversity in the workplace.
From diversity to inclusion
In the last few years, the focus of efforts in companies across the land has shifted from diversity to a focus on inclusion. This sea change has happened without fanfare and almost without notice.
Crisis management a priority for most local firms, NEHRA survey says
Managing a crisis is serious business for firms in New England and the northeast. So say the results of a new survey by the Northeast Human Resources Association (NEHRA).
It's the year 2010...do you know where your workers are?
Close your eyes and try to visualize what your workplace will look like in the year 2010. If you envision a sea of cubicles filled with motivated employees, you are in for a huge awakening.
Recruitment value proposition: what is it and how do I get me one?
If you're reading this you probably already know that your recruitment strategy is failing. Yet you continue to use the same approach despite disappointing results. You are not alone.
Job training and development remain a priority
for area businesses, NEHRA survey says
According to a recent sampling of the Northeast Human Resources Association's (NEHRA) 4,000 members, job training and development remain an organizational priority for a majority of the region's employers.
NEHRA Convention, 2006
NEHRA held their annual HR Invention Convention at the Rhode Island Convention Center
NEHRA 2006 HR INVENTION CONVENTION PREVIEW:
Becoming a Great Place to Work: the story of Wegmans
An exclusive preview of the keynote speech at this year's annual NEHRA convention.
Hiring recent college graduates
Although the local media have reported on an exodus of Massachusetts workers, the area welcomes a substantial number of recent college graduates each year.
NEHRA LEADERS REFLECT: The workplace five years after 9/11
On the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, we asked NEHRA leaders to comment on the state of the post-9/11 workplace.
Onsite EWL classes: a win-win situation
Since most people spend hours at a job, holding English classes where they work, perhaps after work, makes a great deal of sense.
Local hiring on the rise, latest NEHRA survey says
A convincing 65% of those polled anticipate the number of full-time employees to increase over the next year, while 29% will remain at the same staffing levels and only 6% expect a decrease.
Making an offer
There are several reasons why making an offer can end up being an exercise in frustration, or could even derail the entire hiring process.
Majority of area organizations have diversity strategy
According to a sampling of NEHRA's 4,000 members, more than half of the region's organizations have a diversity strategy in place, with workforce demographics widely viewed as the primary measure of success.
Managing and training today's intergenerational workforce
If your workforce consists of more than one generation, then it may be time to revisit your organization's one-size fits all approach to management.
A MESSAGE FROM NEHRA'S PRESIDENT: The importance of diversity
Diversity continues to be a top priority for NEHRA. An integral part of our diversity strategy is to enable members to more effectively lead and manage diversity within their own organizations.
Outsourcing, both domestic and foreign, on the rise, says new NEHRA survey
According to a recent sampling of the Northeast Human Resources Association's (NEHRA) 4,000 members, outsourcing, both domestic and foreign, is on the rise.
Region's firms think benefits effective but costly, NEHRA survey says
According to a sampling of the Northeast Human Resources Association's (NEHRA) 4,000 members, most companies offer effective benefits packages but worry about the high cost of providing them.
Developing recruitment partnerships
Developing strong relationships with outside recruiters can help your business through both the good times and bad.
Convincing superiors of your human resources plan
A company's HR plan should focus on and compliment the business' strategic goal.
Instant messaging in the office: what to know and do about it
According to a recent survey done by the Northeast Human Resources Association, 85 percent of companies do not have a policy in place regarding the use of instant messaging in the workplace. It's time to consider the issue more closely.
Does your organization suffer from under-management?
We've all heard of the dreaded micro-management, but its opposite, says consultant Bruce Tulgan, is far more common - and more damaging.
Considering overtime pay for managers
Department of Labor rules determine when a manager should get overtime. Also: Salary increases on anniversary, or across the board; workers' compensation and the FMLA; Employer obligations regarding maternity leave; preparing for an on-site 401K audit; Best practices for improving employee attendance.
High cost of living impinges on local hiring, NEHRA survey says
According to HR professionals in the area, Boston's recent ranking as the most expensive city in the country is having an adverse effect on hiring.
Job training and development still a priority, says NEHRA survey
According to the latest NEHRA online survey, job training and development remain an organizational priority in 2005 for more than half the responding firms.
Managing and motivating today's seasoned professionals
As baby boomers near retirement, smart organizations are learning to adapt their policies to deal with seasoned professionals so they can retain this valuable sector of the workforce.
Labor shortage fears? Try creative hiring
Rather than following traditional hiring practices, companies facing a labor shortage need to contemplate creative alternatives to remain viable in an increasingly competitive marketplace.
Region's hiring on the rise, says NEHRA survey
According to a recent survey of members of the Northeast Human Resources Association (NEHRA), hiring in the northeastern US is on the upswing, and recruiting budgets are expected to remain the same or increase over 2004.
Why bother having an employee handbook?
Employee handbooks are no longer just for large organizations. If you have more people in your company than fingers on your hands, then it's time you had one.
Mentoring, coaching, and performance reviews: a clarification for managers
Do you know the difference between mentoring, job coaching, and a performance management? Learn the distinctions between them and the role each plays in workforce development.
Will your employees have enough gold for their golden years?
Sixty million Americans face retirement over the next two decades, yet few have prepared for the financial realities of the twilight years.
Returning to work following disability leave
An employee's return from disability leave can be a daunting process - for employee and manager alike. Here are several practical suggestions to help create a productive environment for all involved.
Tile people vs. carpet people: tips on how to unify your workforce
If you're serious about unifying your organization, then start by erasing the lines that divide the company. Here are some tips to get you going.
Screening your way to EEOC compliance
In today's brave new world of online recruiting, with an unprecedented flood of applicants for every posting, applicant screening systems provide a win-win-win proposition for recruiters, job seekers, and the government.
The landscape of decision-making in human resources
As HR evolves as a profession, decision-making and problem solving skills play an increasingly prominent role for professional growth and need to be nurtured.
Tips for creating an effective online job posting
In today's fast-paced environment, job candidates are surfing the Internet for the next big job opportunity. Here are some tips to help you capture their attention and optimize your online recruiting investment.
Background screening for future success
With the proliferation of recent high-profile corporate and clergy scandals, workplace violence incidents, and terrorist attacks, it is every HR professional's responsibility to understand the ideological foundation of a background screening program as well as the technical aspects of its components.
Death, taxes...and performance management?
Performance management systems are one of those unavoidable facts of life, like death or taxes. So what to do? Here are seven key tips to move your system away from an administrative nightmare toward a driver of personal and organizational success.
The new FLSA overtime regulations: what employers need to know and do
The long-awaited revisions to the overtime pay regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) take effect on August 23, 2004. A Boston-based employment attorney summarizes what employers need to know and do in light of these changes.
Ethics in the workplace: tips to get you started
Lately we've been hearing about one organization after another's unethical behavior, and the consequences when things have gone wrong. Has your firm evaluated the ethics of its practices? If not, here are some tips to get you started.
Acquiring vs. hiring employees: what you need to know and do
With the number of acquisitions on the rise, many companies find themselves acquiring employees, which is not the same as hiring new employees. Here's what you need to know and do if your firm makes an acquisition.
Leveraging HR technology for business success
Despite daunting administrative workloads, senior HR managers need to make time to explore and learn how to leverage technology to improve efficiencies, attract and retain top talent, and ensure long-term business success.
"You're fired!" - timeless tips for tactful terminations
While Donald Trump may dismiss subordinates on The Apprentice with an abrupt "You're fired!", most managers still struggle with the process of terminating employees. Here are time-tested tips to help you smoothly transition employees out of the organization.
Ten tips for introducing and leveraging e-learning in your organization
As companies face growing competition and new products are being introduced at a faster pace than ever before, e-learning can play a critical role in a company's success. Here are ten tips to get your company started on e-learning.
The perfect storm: the coming tidal wave of employee attrition, Part 2
In Part 1 of this article we identified the causes of The Perfect Storm and its impact on businesses. Part 2 outlines what steps businesses can take to stem employee attrition as the economic tides rise.
The perfect storm: the coming tidal wave of employee attrition,
After a long recession, the economy is now showing signs of recovery. But clouds are gathering that may create an environment for disaster: unprecedented levels of employee attrition at many businesses.
To employ or to contract, that is the question
There is a growing trend not to hire regular full-time employees but to hire contract or temporary workers instead. While this trend has certain benefits to employers, firms need to be aware of the costly pitfalls of exploiting temporary employees.
Immigration update - employing foreign nationals in the post-9/11 world
Foreign employees can bring invaluable expertise and knowledge to companies, but employers should be aware of the impact of new security measures on their ability to incorporate foreign employees in the post-9/11 world.
Developing bench strength: the importance of succession planning
It isn't uncommon for corporate executives to leave their positions, sometimes with little or no warning. Fortunately, there are steps that companies can take to prepare for executive departures and the future health of the organization.
The HR audit: a road map for business success
The first step in getting a company's HR house in order is to conduct an HR audit. Through an audit, companies can assess where they are and determine how best to align HR operations with business goals.
Identifying future leaders
By identifying the characteristics required to meet business objectives and either promoting from within or hiring outside, you can cultivate the resources most critical to your success: your future leaders.
Employment at will - myth or reality?
While employment at will appears to allow employers to discharge an employee at any time without recourse, this is one of the greatest myths in the HR arena. Here are the key issues employers must be aware of.
If human capital is an organization's greatest asset, then it can also be its greatest liability. A solid recruitment program that includes well-balanced background checks will help minimize turnover and liability exposure.
Ten tips for making learning last
Every organization wants to leverage its investments of time and money in its people. Here are ten tips for making learning last in your organization.
Ten steps to an effective new employee orientation program
Companies searching for low-cost, effective recruitment and retention tools should look first to their new employee orientation programs. Here are ten steps to ensure a successful program.
The competency connection
Some of the "master chefs" of the selection business are paying special attention to the new chemistry between personality tests, competency requirements, and behavioral interviewing.
How to hire a sales superstar: ten tips from the trenches
Finding a true sales superstar is never easy. Here are ten tips to help you determine if the person sitting across from you can make the big difference you need in your bottom line.
Working effectively with a staffing agency
There are numerous reasons to engage a temporary staffing firm and several considerations to make the relationship a successful one, says the president of the Massachusetts Staffing Association.
The top ten employment policies and procedures every employer should have and follow
Recent changes in the law and workplace make it imperative for employers to review their policies and procedures. Here are ten essential policies all companies should have.
Retaining talent for the next economic wave
With higher unemployment, a fluctuating stock market, and continued layoffs, employers may feel they have the upper hand in the current labor market. A new study, however, reveals that employers may have reason to be wary.
The results vs. politics conflict
Certain management issues surface repeatedly across organizations. Among the most predictable - and emotionally charged - is the conflict between political performers and results performers.
High-end labor at lower-level prices
Current economic conditions have created a buyer's market in which corporations can get superior personnel on a temporary or project basis at bargain basement prices.
Best practices in hiring, part 2: testing and reference checks
Incorporating behavioral questioning, testing, and reference checks as part of your screening process can help reduce your company's legal exposure and increase your likelihood of finding top talent.
Best practices in hiring, part 1: looking beyond the resume
Too much faith in resumes and interviews can lead to bad hiring decisions. Companies are now realizing that the time and money spent on screening programs can pay off down the line.
Diversity tips for times of crisis
HR professionals are faced with complex issues in these challenging times for our nation. Here are key tips on how to manage an inclusive, diverse workforce while maintaining a focus on the work at hand.
Ten tips for Internet recruiting
Ed Melia, Senior Partner at CyberQuest, provides ten timely tips for recruiters on how they can make the most of recruiting via the Internet.
Ten tips for Federal military leave
NEHRA's Legal Advisor Mike Brown outlines the rights and responsibilities for employers and employees under USERRA, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.
Ten tips for reducing workplace stress
NEHRA member Harry Sobel, President of Sobel & Raciti Associates, provides ten tips for keeping your cool in your career.