Namely’s series, In My HR Opinion, brings you honest takes on the hottest HR topics and trends, straight from industry leaders.
It’s no question that employee engagement plays a central role in your workplace. It’s a core driver of happiness, productivity, and retention. The good news is that there are myriad ways to gauge and boost engagement, from learning and development to office design.
When Omer Aziz first stepped into his role as Senior VP of Human Resources at Sysomos, he was spending nearly half of his day manipulating spreadsheets. “You know that guy in high school who had a Honda Civic and souped it all up?” Omer recalls, “and to him, that car was like a Porsche, but in the grand scheme of things, it was really just a junky car? That’s how I think of our HR spreadsheet.” When working from this spreadsheet, Omer was dedicating the majority of his time to a manual and error-prone process, with little time to address the cultural needs of the company.
With the holidays around the corner, presents and vacation are top of mind for children and adults alike. However, tasked with planning a company celebration, HR may not be as excited as the rest.
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From job interviews to performance reviews, it often feels like employees are expected to be “perfect” at work. The workplace has traditionally been an environment where flaws are masked and images of professionalism abound.
Every company wishes it could offer its employees the total package. With unemployment down and the job-seeker to open position ratio nearly 1:1, attracting and retaining talent has never been harder. In addition to robust, affordable coverage, it’s believed that today’s employees expect perks—lots of them, from catered lunches to office meditation programs to everything in between.
Work stinks. From rotten eggs to boozy breath, the modern day workplace can be full of unpleasant and sometimes disconcerting aromas. Naturally, your HR department is the first stop for employees looking to air their grievances (and hopefully not much else).
What do companies like SeatGeek, Metromile, and Entelo all have in common? Aside from being named to Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work 2017, they all have that signature startup culture so many larger companies try to replicate. You know the one: trendy offices, catered lunches, and weekly happy hours.