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News and Articles of Interest for Your Human Resource Department


Employee Privacy: Why Smart Employers Guarantee It



Employees’ right to privacy in the working environment has stirred quite a controversy within the media for the past few years. Right to privacy has been a hot topic with the industry especially in this age when technology and information can easily be shared with a click. Telecommunications such as internet and e-mails have paved a way for faster and more private methods of communication, but it is these types of privacy issues that agitate employers. Companies have shared concerns on how to monitor their employees without the fear of prosecution. Article continued here.


3 Steps To Maximize Breaks


Taking breaks throughout the work day actually increases productivity in the workplace by helping employees refocus their attention on the tasks at hand. Here are three ways to maximize the value of breaks to ensure increased productivity. Article continued here



Tips to Regulate Employee Internet Use


The internet has been a great innovation to help with communication and transactions, especially in business. However, the internet can also be a distraction in the workplace. There are plenty of ways to waste time online: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, downloads, shopping websites and much more. Wasting time means outputs are delayed, and along with it, the company's progress. There is a difference between being strict on internet usage policy and keeping employees from wasting too much time on the internet. It can be more serious if employees would use the company's internet connection to look up inappropriate websites and conduct illegal transactions. It might seem severe to completely monitor employee internet usage at work, but try to minimize personal usage and wasted time. Article continued here


3 Reasons for Having an Employee Recognition Program

In 2013, a poll conducted by Gallup found that 87 percent of workers surveyed in countries all over the world were disengaged with their jobs. Only the remaining 13 percent stated that they were satisfied with their jobs and felt deeply engaged with the companies they worked for. Higher levels of engagement have proven, time and again, higher levels of employee satisfaction, greater increase in productivity, greater company loyalty, higher profits, and better customer satisfaction. One of the best ways to increase engagement is to make sure that employees feel appreciated and that hard work is suitably rewarded both financially and in some other ways. Having a strategic recognition program in place is one of the most effective ways to get results and take advantage of the following three key benefits:  Article continued here.


Screening Candidates for A Cultural Fit

In life, we tend to mingle with people who are quite similar to ourselves.  As an individual, a person would usually be drawn to another who expresses similarities in language, music and style among other things. In a few words; we are attracted to the same culture. The same goes for the business world.

Companies have a selection process where they usually look for candidates who share the same values and methods of their organization. Candidates who exhibit cultural fit have a great prospect in adapting and conforming to the main ethics and company culture. Article continued here.



Beyond Salary: Conditions and Benefits Employees Want Most

“Money talks” is a common phrase used when discussing hiring employees and how to attract the top people to join your business. Besides salary, what other benefits do employees want the most? Abraham Maslow, a renowned psychologist, describes a hierarchy of needs that applies to every human. At the very least, everyone wants to survive but at the absolute most people want to feel that they are contributing members of a larger cause. This is commonly known as self-actualization: the realization or fulfillment of one’s talents and potentialities, especially considered as a drive or need present in everyone. More money does not necessarily increase self-worth and people want to feel as if they have influence and control. So once a company offers the basic amount of money needed to survive, what benefits allow employees to feel self-actualized?  Article continued here.



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