A Small-Business Toolbox
Jan25

A Small-Business Toolbox

Many small businesses have a small human resources team. In many cases, one person is responsible for handling HR, along with other duties. Those outside of HR don’t always understand or appreciate what the function can do for their organization. Effective human resource management can help an organization in two major ways. It can manage risk by helping the organization avoid costly fines and lawsuits; and it can enhance productivity...

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Hacking the Human Diet

San Francisco — The third floor of the American Industrial Center in San Francisco’s Dogpatch district is food central. It houses confectioners, cupcake bakers, pastry makers and catering companies. Everyone is making or packaging food. Even the two youngish guys who look more like chemists than chefs are, technically, making food. A new kind of food. Tucked away in the humidity-controlled, air-conditioned nook of the building, Alex...

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The HR Pro: Multitude of Age Groups Poses a Challenge for Managers
May26

The HR Pro: Multitude of Age Groups Poses a Challenge for Managers

We love to label people, to put them in categories, combine them into groups. This can be counterproductive when applied too broadly, but in the workplace, when trying to create a valued and productive workforce, it can help to recognize the differences among the generations of workers and how we treat them. Having multiple generations in the workforce is nothing new, of course, but improvements in health care and economic...

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Vt. Lax on Medicaid Oversight

Montpelier — During the past decade, Vermont has spent $675 million setting up Medicaid managed-care programs but has done such a spotty job monitoring them that they can’t even be audited. That’s the upshot from a letter state Auditor of Accounts Douglas Hoffer sent to lawmakers last week. It followed up on an internal report in January by the Agency of Human Services detailing gaps in answers to this question: Have the state and...

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Change Management: New laws and rules mean HR has to up its game
Mar30

Change Management: New laws and rules mean HR has to up its game

In years past, the field of human resources was seen as a data entry or administrative type of position. HR was in charge of recruiting new employees, helping them understand company policies through an orientation process, reviewing compensation policies and creating performance management standards. HR wasn’t necessarily viewed as a “profession” that held a seat at the table. More recently, this impression has changed, and is still...

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