Roundup: This Week’s Popular HR News from Around the Web

This week’s HR News Roundup from around the web: HIPPA Compliance, Hiring Veterans, entitled employees and the next big trends in HR.

5 Critical Steps to Future Proofing Your Human Resources Strategy
An HR plan helps you determine the resources you need now and in the future to achieve your business goals. It can help you prepare for employee turnover, anticipate your recruitment needs and make strategic hiring decisions. It should also include a succession plan, so you can limit disruptions to your business should there be a change in management or structure.

HIPPA Compliance and the Value of Voluntary Benefits
The compliance deadline for all organizations regarding the new HIPAA Privacy, Security Breach Notification, and Enforcement Rules (the “Omnibus Rule”) is set for September 23, 2013. For certain employers, these agreements won’t need to be updated until September 22, 2014, if their policies aren’t modified or renewed prior to that date. Whether or not your business organization will be implementing the new Omnibus Rule this year or next year, human resource managers will want to take the time now to review HIPAA compliance rules and regulations in order to make the necessary updates when the time comes.

The Next Big HR Trend? Maybe It Should Be More Employee Recognition
I was in Berlin last week, chairing day one of a HR conference on employee engagement. The quality of presentations were truly exceptional, with a wide variety of insights as HR peers shared their projects on various engagement fronts. What struck me the most, though, was not the ambitions themselves, but some of the “walls” (suitable given we were in Berlin) HR see in the workplace.  And it seems one of the biggest walls of all is managers and the nature of relationship they establish.

Workplace Policies: The Good and the Bad
Company policy at a California senior living community, Glenwood Gardens, prevented a nurse from giving a resident CPR, reported Bloomberg. The policy led to the death of the resident and a spate of criticism directed toward the retirement facility. This got us to thinking: What are the employee management strategies that help or hinder the workplace?

Debate on Telework Policies Should Focus on Management Practices
Recent decisions to curtail telecommuting at Yahoo and Best Buy have  stirred up spirited debate on the future of work-from-home programs. While much of the discussion has centered on the business case for telework policies, business leaders struggling with the issue should focus more on how to effectively manage employees who work remotely, according to experts on the topic.

Entitlement: Your Biggest Flaw?
I was on a panel last night at my alma mater Boston University, and someone asked me what one thing someone could do to absolutely, positively, guarantee that I’d never give them their first job. The answer was pretty simple: If they came in with even the slightest sense of entitlement, I’d never hire them. Whether you’re fresh out of college  looking for your first break, or the CEO heading to a new CEO position, entitlement can hurt you. No one wants to work with someone entitled. It just isn’t fun. And trust me, if you’re entitled, you won’t have your job for long.

Why We Pay All Our Employees a Commission
Particularly in the current economy, how can a small company safely and effectively grow? Much has been said recently about the impact of higher taxes — should the company postpone hiring? Rely more heavily on on part time or contingency staff?  Our company, Fishbowl, is sitting at approximately 100 employees. However, while our employee base has stayed relatively stable for the past two years, our revenues have soared by more than 60 percent year over year since 2007.

Hiring Veterans Is Good Business. So Why Don’t We Do It More Often?
Ten years after the start of the Iraq War, we’re all familiar with the case for hiring veterans: they’re mature, responsible, have significant managerial experience, and are used to chaotic, ambiguous environments. Many possess skills that are highly transferable. So why is the gap between veteran and nonveteran unemployment rates 9.4% and 7.9% respectively?

By Paying Employees To Live Near The Office, Imo Cuts Commutes, Ups Happiness
The messaging company offers $500 a month towards housing within a five-mile radius. Goodbye gridlock, hello walking shoes. There’s that one guy who commuted seven hours a day and claimed to love it. But for most people, the daily commute is something we dread. The average commute time in America is 25 minutes, per the Census Bureau (with great variation by region). Double that and multiply it by five, and then by 50, and you’re looking at 208 hours per year spent strap-hanging, bus-riding, or car-driving, all in an effort to get to and from work.

17 Ways to Be Happier at Work
It’s not difficult to experience more joy at work. You just need to know the rules. A reader recently pointed me to some “rules for a happier life” that various folks have posted in various forms.

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