April has arrived. It’s that transitional month when you both can’t believe how fast Q1 flew by, yet don’t understand how it’s been the longest winter in history. Thankfully, the second quarter of the year includes the start of summer and conference season. Situated after the ups and downs of tax season and before the craze of open enrollment, it’s tempting to relax a bit during Q2. However, there are some key dates to keep in mind before the busy season picks back up.
From “the complaint department” to “the principal’s office,” HR has been subject to the full gamut of buzzkill stereotypes. However, modern HR is working diligently to break down those misconceptions one by one, as they strive to build a workplace that motivates, rewards, and advances employees.
After switching careers from being a dancer to the head gymnastics coach at UCLA, Valorie Kondos Field, affectionately known to her gymnasts as “Miss Val,” has learned her fair share of leadership lessons. After two major life events—becoming the head coach of a sport she had never played and receiving a breast cancer diagnosis—Miss Val dug deep into her sense of self to become one of today’s most inspiring leadership figures.
Employees spend 40+ hours a week at work, and they want enjoy that time as much as possible. Office design often falls on the shoulders of the HR team, and it can be a core driver of company culture and employee engagement. Updating and improving the office can improve employee quality of life, help attract employees, and keep them engaged.
HR pros know that in their world, nothing is off limits. Employees enter without knocking, call in the middle of the night, and many veterans have even been followed into the restroom by an employee with a question that just couldn’t wait. Human Resources isn't the complaint department, but that doesn't stop employees from bringing up just about everything.
With the race to attract and retain employees as competitive as ever, companies have learned that great talent knows no borders.
With the exception of finance, HR is the department most familiar with employee salaries. It should come as no surprise that HR professionals know how to negotiate for competitive compensation. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that HR specialists bring home a median amount of $59,180 and HR Managers an impressive $106,910—well above the cross-industry median of $44,668.
In the age of job-hopping, data reveals that it is actually advantageous for HR professionals to move around regularly to ensure that they are receiving competitive compensation. Considering a new job? If relocation is an option, you can now take into account the average HR salary of different regions.
Is your New Year’s resolution to read more? In the ever-evolving world of HR, there’s an overwhelming amount of thought leadership, resources, and best practices to take in. Fortunately, we’ve narrowed down the best of the bunch to help you prioritize your reading list in 2019. Add some fresh ideas and perspectives to your toolkit with these timely HRreads.
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