HR News Round Up

Join us on Friday mornings – grab a cup of coffee and get your read on – we’ll take a look back through some of the important and sharable HR news that came across our newsfeeds this week:

Workplace Burnout at ‘Epidemic Proportions’ (Read @ SHRM)
Too much work. Too little pay. Too many technological advancements. Too much emphasis on recruiting new employees rather than keeping existing ones happy. All these are reasons employee burnout is perhaps worse than it has ever been, according to a new survey from Kronos Inc. and Future Workplace.

Employers Go Further to Hold Onto Employees (Read @ Bloomberg BNA)
Employers will need to work harder to retain top employees as the labor market tightens, consultants say.  “Since 2012 it has become more difficult to retain both highly skilled employees and employees at all levels of the organization,” Kate Kennedy, media and public affairs manager at the Society for Human Resource Management, told Bloomberg BNA in a Jan. 31 e-mail.

​New bill puts ACA decision in the hands of the states (Read @ HR Morning)
A number of ACA-related bills have been introduced recently, but this particular piece of legislation has stood out from the list for a number of reasons.  Introducing the Patient Freedom Act (PFA), a bill sponsored by Senators Billy Cassidy (R-LA) and Susan Collins (R-ME), along with Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA).

4 Ways to Measure the Success of Your HR Programs (Read @ HR Bartender)
Any time you create a program, it’s necessary to measure the results. Even the incredibly informal “Let’s do it and see what happens.” approach considers evaluation. But the measurement and evaluation portion of any program needs to be well thought out. Measure the wrong thing and the program can look like a failure (when it’s not) or vice versa.

Top 10 Things I Learned Transitioning from the Military (Read @ The SHRM Blog)
It’s been a little over 12 years since I last put on the uniform of a U.S. Navy Sailor and stepped off a military installation for the last time, but still remember vividly the immediate weeks after my separation.  Over the course of several articles I’ll be talking more specifics about tips and tricks I’ve learned over the 12 years to share my knowledge and experience in hoping this helps other veterans transition into the workforce, but I want to start off with a list of the top 10 things that hit me in those weeks.

Top 20 Employee Benefits & Perks for 2017 (Read @ Glassdoor Blog)
Unlimited vacation? Been there, done that. Work-from-home Fridays? Par for the course. Ping-pong table? So 2008. There’s no doubt that companies have increased their focus on benefits and perks (and with 57 percent of job seekers counting them among their top considerations before taking a new job, it’s no wonder), but in their efforts to outpace each other, many once-hot perks have become passé.

WOTC’s 28-Day Rule Explained (Read @ WOTC Blog)
At CMS, as WOTC experts and service providers since 1997, we receive a lot of questions via our website. In the case of the above question, the sender did not provide their email address, so we were unable to reply directly to them. So, hopefully using our blog, we can reach the writer of the question, and hopefully will help others too.

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