While flipping through the latest HR Magazine, an infographic caught my eye. It related to a conversation I was having only yesterday on rising health insurance costs and the decline in the number of organizations offering employer sponsored insurance (known in the industry as ESI). According to a recently released report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and prepared by researchers from the University of Minnesota's State Health Access Data Assistance Center, health insurance costs, organizations' offerings, and employee participation have dramatically changed over the past 10 or so years. Image courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net user Stuart Miles In ...


I often get asked by school district leaders and other friends in HR to explain the difference between centralized and decentralized organizations and which structure works best. While it is easy to distinguish the characteristics of each type of organization, neither approach is necessarily better than the other. It depends on the life cycle stage, leadership, and strategy of the organization. According to Merriam-Webster's Dictionary, "centralize" means to cluster or bring around a center, or to concentrate authority or power in a central group. In a centralized organization, all of the "power" or decision-making authority lies with a group or ...


Know someone under the age of 40, who serves others and is accomplished in human resources, talent management, or any workforce-related skill? If so, Workforce magazine is holding a Game Changers competition to honor the next generation of workplace leaders who are making their mark in the field of Human Resources. The magazine explains, "as the best and brightest young talent in workforce management emerges, we want to recognize the profession's innovative rising stars for their positive impact on the past, present and future." Game Changers nominations are only open until June 3, 2013. (I apologize for the late notice! ...


If you're like me and love sharing data with others, infographics are a handy communications tool that breaks information into digestible chunks. Among the latest to join the infographic trend is the U.S. Census Bureau, as part of its "How Do We Know" campaign related to veterans, America's changing labor force, manufacturing, home-based workers, and two related to education that I wanted to share. But first, a little bit about the Census Bureau. While it is best known for conducting the census (no surprise there), the Bureau is also quite an impressive treasure trove of data, which it collects ...


As a continuation of my blog yesterday, here are several more stories from colleagues and friends about educators who have made a difference in the lives of their students. While we make a special point to honor teachers this week, these stories are a reminder that just as great educators work for their students every day, teachers deserve our thanks year around. Mrs. Knox at Northfield Elementary School in Murfreesboro, TN One of my best childhood memories is of the time I got to create a real painting in Mrs. Knox's fourth-grade class, on canvas, with acrylics! Mrs. Knox, thank ...


In recognition of Teacher Appreciation Week and the outstanding service of millions of educators across the country, I asked several of my colleagues to provide stories about a teacher or teachers who made a difference in their lives. You will see that the stories below are a fun, positive, and refreshing reminder of the impact a great educator can have on many lives! I will share these first-hand accounts in two blogs this week. I invite you to share your own stories in the comments section below! Mr. Frank at John Glenn High School in New Concord, OH: 1996 Mr. ...


As we all know, giving thanks to others is a best practice of talent managers in high performing organizations. Employee recognition can be a formal or informal practice. What some might not know is that appreciation is a fundamental psychological need. Studies show that when individuals feel that they, as well as their work, are appreciated, productivity, engagement, satisfaction, and loyalty increase. Recognition could be a certificate, thank-you note, public announcement, direct or indirect compensation, or even a kind word. Yes, it can be that easy! What better time to express appreciation for educators than during National Teacher Appreciation Week, ...


When I was a little girl my mom and dad always told me I could be anything I wanted to be if I worked hard to get there; a scientist, writer, doctor, mathematician, professor, etc. I luckily grew-up in a home where my gender never predicted my future. And as an engineer, my mom made sure I knew that math (and/or science) wasn't "just for boys." She would often talk about her high school algebra and calculus teacher, Sherman Blagg, who in the small Appalachian town of Ironton, Ohio, in the late 60's taught math to everyone in the ...


My colleagues and I stumbled across a unique HR term today that I just had to share... Offboarding Offboarding describes the process of managing employee exits. While not the most pleasant thought, offboarding is an important consideration for any organization, because all employees will leave at some point. They may do so voluntarily (e.g., retirement), be let go, or be faced with situations like downsizing, layoffs, and reductions in force. As its name suggests, offboarding is the opposite of onboarding (a.k.a induction, new employee socialization), which is the process of bringing new employees up to speed on ...


Today, The New Teacher Project (TNTP) released a report, Leap Year: Assessing and Supporting First-Year Teachers, that examines the unique characteristics of a teacher's initial year in the classroom. An interesting topic for sure; ask any educator about his or her first year of teaching, and chances are you'll hear at least one of the following descriptors: hectic, crazy, confusing, challenging, tough, hard, exhausting. So what is the best way to support these individuals and assess their progress? The study attempts to address this question by examining the performance of over 1,000 new teachers in hard-to-staff subjects located in ...


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