The 3 Problems with Today's HR Department

There's a reason we created the HR Sucks brand which includes an Instagram, YouTube, and Podcast. It was a common saying spoken out of the mouths of both employees and employers. How did a department primarily built to drive employee satisfaction and leadership initiatives get here? 

 

What is the HR department? 

Most people know OF an HR department, but a lot of people fail to understand what the HR department does by definition. Capterra defines the HR department as a business unit that oversees employment-related functions such as recruitment, payroll, compensation management, onboarding, performance management, and exit. 

Well here's our first problem - employee satisfaction isn't considered a core function of the HR department. Creating a positive work environment is an after-thought. Based off of this definition, there's nothing wrong with HR as long as the organization has all of their paperwork in order, employees are paid regularly, and they're not...

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act Notice – Frequently Asked Questions

Families First Coronavirus Response Act Notice – Frequently Asked Questions per the Department of Labor:

  1. Where do I post this notice? Since most of my workforce is teleworking, where do I electronically “post” this notice? Each covered employer must post a notice of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requirements in a conspicuous place on its premises. An employer may satisfy this requirement by emailing or direct mailing this notice to employees, or posting this notice on an employee information internal or external website.
  2. Do I have to post this notice in other languages that my employees speak? Where can I get the notice in other languages? You are not required to post this notice in multiple languages, but the Department of Labor (Department) is working to translate it into other languages.
  3. Do I have to share this notice with recently laid-off individuals? No, the FFCRA requirements explained on this notice apply only to...
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DHS Allows Remote Review of Form I-9s During COVID-19 Emergency

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that it is temporarily relaxing Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification document review requirements during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Employers whose employees are working remotely to limit physical proximity during the national emergency will be permitted to review their employees' identity and employment authorization documents remotely.

Employers are required to complete the Form I-9 to verify and document an employee's identity and employment authorization. As part of the normal verification process, the employer must view and record in Form I-9, Section 2, the original verification documents presented by the employee in the employer's physical presence and compare any identification information on the documents to the employee.

Key details of the temporary provisions include:

  • The exemption applies only to employers and workplaces that are operating remotely. If any employees are physically...
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Remote Work: A Small Business Guide to Free Resources

Around 30 million American small businesses are being forced to shut-down or transition to remote operations indefinitely amid COVID-19, and that number is growing by the hour.

In an effort to help small business owners identify resources for this shift that won't break their already injured bank accounts, I've rounded up a few companies offering free services and trials during this period.

Microsoft - said it will limit restrictions on its free version of its collaborative communications tool, Teams. It’s also offering a six-month free trial for some of its basic package of Office 365 enterprise products to businesses that reach out to a Microsoft partner or sales representative. “By making Teams available to as many people as possible, Microsoft’s hope is that they can support public health and safety by making remote work even easier,” a Microsoft spokesperson said.

Comcast has taken a number of steps to improve access to...

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Increase Revenue - Obtaining Leads at Conferences

For the longest time, I was not a fan of going to conferences for the purposes of lead generation.

I would attend one after another and walk out with very few contacts - mostly contacts who were not the decision makers for their companies. It was difficult to network and chat casually because the itinerary was completely packed with break-out sessions, panel discussions, and presentations - aka zero time to actually talk to other people.

And then one year a client of mine asked if my business partner and I wanted to attend a local conference that he would also be attending - he would be able to get us complimentary tickets. Why not?

We walked out of that conference with handfuls of business cards and new partnerships that would eventually lead to us landing our biggest client.

I figured it out - it wasn't that conferences aren't beneficial to growing your business, it's that we were attending the wrong conferences.

Here are some tips and tricks to maximize your conference...

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