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  • From Measurement to Ownership: the Evolution and Organizational Implications of Modern Performance Management
  • The Business Partner Balancing Act: An analysis of alternative employee advocacy practices in the modern HR function
  • Straddling the Line or Embracing the Dichotomy: HR’s Role as an Employee Advocate as Necessary to Remaining (or Becoming) a Business Partner

The Benefit of Adopting Comprehensive Standards of Monitoring Employee Technology Use in the Workplace

September 22, 2012

With the explosion of technology has come the opportunity for nearly all aspects of everyone’s life to be monitored.  A phone GPS can detect a person’s whereabouts at any time; keystroke monitors can record anything a person types on a keyboard; cameras can, and do, monitor movements in schools, stores, parking lots, homes, and many […]

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Realizing the Potential of Strategic Human Resource Management: Employee Self-Advocacy in the Information Age

September 17, 2014

Human Resources has an identity crisis. The HR function is increasingly called upon to be a strategic business partner but this role is often in conflict with HR’s long-held identity as the firm’s employee advocate. Contemporary Strategic Human Resource Management (SHRM) initiatives seek to maximize human capital, align strategic fit throughout an organization and increase […]

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Privately Funded Family Medical Leave?

August 8, 2014

Executive Summary Women’s greater participation in the workplace spurred support for the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993.  Nonetheless, advocates have not gained what they desired the most:  a program of federally funded paid family medical leave and wage replacement.  American social insurance models that offer paid family leave through workers’ compensation benefits has been […]

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Throwing Out the Baby and Weighing the Bathwater: The Nonsense of Executive Compensation Oversight

May 7, 2014

Introduction CEO pay averages less than 2.5% of after-tax earnings of S&P 500 companies,[i] making it a rounding error on the corporate profit and loss statement (P&L), but it makes headlines and may be the one thing that rouses the passions of those otherwise uninvolved with the corporation.[ii]  It is axiomatic that any given issue […]

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Rebuilding Trust in the Financial Services Industry: Lessons for Human Resource Professionals

March 14, 2014

Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., President and CEO of TIAA-CREF, delivered the Lewis H. Durland Memorial Lecture at the ILR School last October. Hosted by Cornell University’s S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management, Ferguson’s lecture, entitled “Rebuilding Trust in the Financial Services Industry: The Way Forward,” highlighted a number of weaknesses concerning internal corporate governance that […]

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The NLRB’s Social Media Guidelines a Lose-Lose: Why the NLRB’s Stance on Social Media Fails to Fully Address Employer’s Concerns and Dilutes Employee Protections

November 3, 2013

Introduction The expanding use of both personal and professional social media sites has resulted in its growing impact in the workplace. Recently, many examples have emerged where an individual’s use of social media for communicating frustrations or sharing personal information resulted in significant conflict between the individual and their employer.[i] Employment actions arising from an […]

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Change Management and Organizational Effectiveness for the HR Professional

October 14, 2013

Introduction Hostess Brands, an American company established in the 1930s, specialized in baked goods including the long established Twinkies, Ho Ho’s, and Wonder Bread.  In November of 2012, Hostess management filed for bankruptcy, blaming the unions and workforce for the financial fiasco. While the organized workforce’s unwillingness to bend to management’s demands may have been […]

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Hiring and Firing the Mentally and Psychiatrically Disabled: Advice for HR Professionals

September 16, 2013

Introduction According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), an estimated 26.2 percent of Americans aged eighteen and older suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year.[1] Contrary to what most people assume, mental disorders are the leading cause of disability in both the U.S. and Canada.[2] Thus, the effect of mental […]

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Thinking Win-Win: Boosting Profitability Through Gender-Balanced Flex-Time

August 30, 2013

Abstract   Setting working mothers free from the gridlock of inflexible “all-or-nothing” workplaces[1]  can unleash the tremendous potential of female leadership qualities and create win-win[2]  situations for both employers and employees. When human resources managers create such win-win situations, they can boost efficiency, productivity, profitability, and ultimately increase their company’s bottom line. The key to […]

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