Three of four employers say there’s an office pool floating around for the big game on Sunday, according to the Society for Human Resource Management — and more than half say that’s a good thing as it has a positive impact on employee morale.
Of course, that morale shift might depend on whether a worker’s team ends up on top or not. (Personally, I’m in favor of block pools, so I just root for the score!)
Oh, and one-third of the workplaces have policies regulating pools and fantasy leagues, although few discipline (4 percent) or terminate (2 percent) anyone for violations.
A settlement between the U.S. Department of Labor and Pilgrim’s Pride over “doffing and donning” protective work clothes such as smocks, aprons and gloves required for their jobs at s plant in Dallas, totals $1 million. But divided among the 800 current and former employees, it amounts to about $1,250 per person.
The company — which admitted no wrongdoing — agreed to modify it’s “time collection process.”
A UK study of 2,500 HR and learning professionals finds that organizations are gearing up for life after recession.
Organizations are focusing effort on “those individuals who they expect will lead their organisations into a future yet to be created. Softer skills, in leadership styles and in leadership coaching for instance, that bring out the very best in people and facilitate team working are also a priority.”
Leadership development was the most important priority of the respondents, with the development of middle managers also considered extremely important with 67 percent naming it as their first or second priority — compared to only 35 percent rating leadership development for senior managers in their top five.
Seven in 10 employers say healthcare reform will increase the overall cost of healthcare services in the United States. Nearly the same amount say it will increase the cost of their benefit programs.
That’s according to a new Towers Watson/National Business Group on Health survey.
Also, nearly half of employers believe reform — if ever adopted — will decrease employer-sponsored offerings of retiree medical benefits.
A Rice University study finds a long-term benefit to promoting CEOs from within vs. hiring an outsider.
There was little difference found at first — both insiders and outsiders tended to make changes once appointed — but “as tenure increases, obvious opportunities for cost cutting and divestment dry up [for outsiders],” says Anthea Zhang, co-author of the study and a management professor at Rice.
“Inside CEOs, because of their deep knowledge and root in the firm, are more likely to initiate and implement strategic changes that can build the firm’s long-term competitive advantage,” she says.
An Irish Rail HR director who put tracking devices on employees’ cars to see where they went — saying he was doing so for internal cost-audit purposes — fights his suspension in court.
Don’t know what the impact of something like this could be on HR’s search for top talent — but it can’t be good …