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So your clumsy employee made another mistake. What’s it going to be? A telling-off? Sarcastic jokes at their expense? Or just a stern lesson on how to do things properly? As it turns out, the most valuable way to respond to employee mistakes may be to help them learn to forgive themselves. Nobody likes making… View Article
Mark, a federal employee, sits at his desk surrounded by co-workers he doesn’t know. For five years, he has been part of a geographically dispersed team, and the situation hasn’t been easy for him. When the team split up, Mark lost the daily, in-person interactions he had become accustomed to with fellow team members. Even with the benefit of flexibility, fewer interruptions to his workflow and almost zero threat of micromanagement, the lack of face-to-face collaboration has become painful. The
Recognizing the proliferation of virtual marketplace companies (VMC) like Uber and TaskRabbit, the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor issued an opinion letter applying the six-factor test to evaluate whether a service provider is an employee or independent contractor.
Control: The service provider has the flexibility to choose if, when, where, how and for whom they will work. The VMC lacks oversight concerning the quality of the service provided.
Permanency: The service provider is engaged on a project-by-project basis and is free to accept work from a competitor of the VMC. There are limited grounds upon which a service provider can be terminated.
Investment: The service provider invests their own money in the facilities, equipment or helpers needed to provide services on the VMC’s platform.
Skill and initiative: The service provider, through their own skills, initiative or judgment, is able to independently manage the work, and is not dependent on the VMC for training.
Opportunity for profit/loss: The service provider’s own skills, initiative and judgment dictate their opportunity for greater earnings or exposure to loss of their investment.
Degree of integration: The service provider does not develop the VMC’s platform and they are not integral to the business of referrals.
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As I write this, I first need to point out that the real superheroes in life are those who work in the Police, Fire, Medical and Education services across the globe- those who choose a true vocation to dedicate their lives to, helping the people of the country they live in have better lives. However,… View Article
Workforce has announced the finalists for its 2019 Optimas Awards, which recognize creative people-management initiatives and human resources strategies that deliver measurable business results.
“For 29 years, the Optimas Awards have been a source of ideas, direction and inspiration for human resources professionals faced with a challenging and constantly changing business environment,” said Rick Bell, editorial director for Workforce. “This year’s list of finalists represents a wide range of enterprises that have consciously made human resources a linchpin of continuous improvement, higher performance and positive business outcomes.”
In addition to conferring gold, silver and bronze Optimas Awards in 10 HR-related categories, the prestigious General Excellence award will be given to a single visionary employer that “not only excels at responding to emerging workforce management issues but also uses proactive HR strategies to position the organization for future growth and success,” Bell said.
The winners and their respective categories will be named in late October and will appear in the November-December issue of Workforce magazine.
The organizations named to the 2019 list of Optimas Awards finalists are, in alphabetical order:
Clemson University-Human Resources Department (Recruiting)
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Cumberland (Wisconsin) School District
DPI Specialty Foods
Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union
Interim HealthCare Inc.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Mercer Consulting (India) Pvt Ltd
Panda Restaurant Group
Riverside (Illinois) Healthcare
Sagicor Group Jamaica Limited
Tata Consultancy Services
Teachers College, Columbia University
Valmont Industries Inc.
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A growing number of wellness programs are making sweeping claims about how their offerings. To help sort fact from fiction, here are three questions to ask wellness program vendors.