The Best Way to Maintain Human Resources Files

Compliance is a big part of human resources. When HR does compliance right, it can give us time to do the other, more strategic parts of our job. Today’s reader question deals with one of the big compliance issues companies face: employee files.

"Hello. We are a small business of around 50 employees. I would like a suggestion or opinion on the best way to organize employee folders. We do not use a virtual system, everything is still on paper and in a file folder. I think the best solution would be a series of several tabbed folders...


#Nextchat: Marijuana and the Workplace

With 20 states now allowing medical marijuana use (and two allowing recreational use), there is a new and urgent need for organizations to understand the associated liability issues in the workplace.  

Although the laws allow the drug’s use for medical purposes, they may not address the impact that legal medical marijuana has on the workplace.  Beyond the increase in potential safety issues, there is also the concern about productivity—in our organizations and as a nation.

In a recent interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” California Gov. Jerry...


HR Philosophy from the Trenches

I have two HR philosophies; “Keep It Simple” and “Deal With the Problem”. My that I mean that people always seem so scared of dealing with something going wrong because they see it as conflict and that they will upset the person involved. The way I approach it is, something has happened, and that is what we need to address. I’m not going to belittle them, or attack them, we just need to address the issue as soon as possible. ~Leeanne, a dedicated upstartHR reader

Recently I asked some questions of a few of...

Boldness Should Never Stand Alone

A couple of years ago I read a book about RAF fighter pilots in World War II. One particular passage stood out. It was this: There are old fighter pilots and bold fighter pilots, but there are no old, bold fighter pilots. The author was making the point that the very best dogfight pilots were young, because of superb eyesight and lightening reflexes. What do fighter pilots have to do with the world of business? Not much, although their courage could surely come in handy in several C-suites.
Here’s my point. Bold should never stand on its own,...

#Nextchat: Workplace Bullying

If you’ve ever been bullied in the workplace, know that you're not alone. An estimated 53.5 million Americans report being bullied at work.

Workplace Bullying “occurs when an employee experiences a persistent pattern of mistreatment from others in the workplace that causes harm. Workplace bullying can include such tactics as verbal, nonverbal, psychological, physical abuse and humiliation. This type of aggression is particularly difficult because, unlike the typical forms of school bullying, workplace bullies often operate within the established rules and policies of their organization and their society.”



A Job is Not Like a Relationship

Today is Valentine’s Day. It’s that one time a year where we buy cards, chocolates, flowers, cheesy teddy bears and pajamagrams for our loved ones and dazzle them with romance. It’s also the time of year when we see career articles comparing our jobs to a successful romantic relationship. They point out all the similarities a career and a relationship have. And while there are some similarities on the surface, a career is nothing like a relationship, or at least a relationship that matters to you.
Yes, you might have some superficial comparisons, but that is all they...

What Coaching Youth Sports Has Taught Me About Business

We live in an interesting time... our personal and professional lives are more intertwined than ever. We can now research individuals as easily as we can the organizations for which they work. The line between work and life is ever-indiscernible. Smart organizations are designing in equal part to personalities as they are critical skills. We should celebrate all of it!
My weekdays are encompassed by adult conversations with human resources professionals. My weekends find me trying to relate to five year-old girls and eight year-old...