How Employee Relations Technology Can Boost ROI in HR

The benefits of investing in ER technology far outweigh the costs for organizations as the increase in employee investigations rise.

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Customer Profile: Employee Relations Made to Order at Sheetz Inc.

See how family-owned convenience store chain manages employee relations with HR Acuity in this customer profile.

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3 Tips to Better Manage Your Remote Employees

When it comes to managing remote employees, the keys to success are the same as managing an in-office team, but it requires some additional effort.

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3 Employee Relations Lessons I Learned in the Kitchen

Employee relations is like cooking. It takes best practices and techniques. It's an art and a science. It requires learning, data and sharing. Learn more from HR Acuity CEO Deb Muller.

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Employee Experience – What Does That Really Mean?

When it comes to crafting a positive employee experience in your workplace, pay and trust are at the forefront.

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Two Years of #MeToo: Evaluating the Impact on Employees

On the second anniversary of the #MeToo movement, we evaluate the impact on employees and the way they now feel about coming forward with workplace issues.

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7 Steps to Build A Workplace Mental Health Initiative

Many of us endure mental health challenges at work that aren’t easy to see. Mental health initiatives are an investment no company can afford to ignore.

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Learning the Difference Between Employees and Contractors in Today’s Gig Economy

The makeup of our workforce is rapidly changing from its traditional structure. Companies must draw lines in the sand between employees and contractors, or risk some rather costly consequences.

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#MeToo Legislation Across the Country: 5 Things You Can Do

New workplace fairness acts are arising in reaction to #MeToo. Here’s how you can make sure you comply and create a harassment-free workplace.

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The Future of Work is… Human! Let’s Talk About Artificial Intelligence in HR

Ultimately, decisions need to be made by humans for the benefit of humans. Here’s what the future of work looks like in terms of artificial intelligence in HR.

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Team Member Profile: Sue Bowens, Client Engagement Manager, Joins People and Technology for Great Relationships

Meet Sue Bowens, client engagement manager at HR Acuity. Sue says her background is a “marriage of people and technology” and she excels at building relationships.

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How to Recover From an Employee Relations Crisis and Thrive in its Wake

Mishandling a crisis in the workplace due to employee behavior can be costly. Learn how you can be prepared, transparent and wise as an HR professional.

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Building the Brand of Employee Relations

It’s time to stop the negative image of employee relations in the workplace. Here are four ways to improve ER’s “brand” and how your employees see you.

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Hey, Folks! Time to Leave Gender at the Door

If we want to see change, we need to tackle the everyday microaggressions separating the “girls” from the “boys.” HR Acuity CEO Deb Muller weighs in on why we need to leave gender at the door when addressing co-workers.

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Whistleblowing: Why It Should be Embraced and How to Make it Effective

Addressing problems, or whistleblowing, in the workplace shouldn’t be an avoided topic. Here’s how to encourage your employees to do so and help your business.

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Holistic, Strategic Employee Relations: 5 Key Findings from the 3rd Annual HR Acuity Benchmark Report

Top 5 emerging trends in employee relations that can help your organizations run efficiently and effectively.

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A Guide to Conducting Workplace Investigations that Ensure a Fair Outcome

Need to conduct a workplace investigation? Read our expert guide on how to get it right and ensure a fair outcome

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Infographic: Third Annual Employee Relations Benchmark Study - Key Findings

See the 5 key takeaways from HR Acuity's 3rd Annual Benchmark Study. The report includes data from 158 companies & identifies best practices and trends.

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How Embracing Kintsugi Can Help Improve Your HR Department

Improving your human resources department isn’t about throwing away what’s not working, it’s about fixing what’s broken and making it even better.

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5 Employee Relations Challenges Confronting Healthcare

There may be no other industry that confronts quite the array of employee relations challenges seen in healthcare. Here are five employee relations challenges confronting healthcare now and set to try human resources for years to come.

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Are Chatbots the Answer to Sexual Harassment Reporting?

Chatbots can be helpful in everyday life, but not when it comes reporting sexual harassment in the workplace. These processes call for human interaction.

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Are You Making the Most of Your HR Data? Here’s What Businesses Are Doing with HR Analytics

What types of HR data are organizations collecting, and why? We decided to ask to help direct your own company’s efforts.

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6 Essential Best Practices for Workplace Investigation Interviews

In workplace investigations, interviews are crucial to a fair outcome. Do you know how to conduct an investigation in the workplace with fair outcomes for employees?

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4 Tactics to Manage HR Stress Levels

HR burnout is a threat to each and every professional in the industry. Make sure to follow these four steps to protect and put your mental health first.

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HR Acuity Team Member Profile: Pradipta Ghosh, Lead Developer

Meet HR Acuity lead developer Pradipta Ghosh. He joined the team in 2016 and has been driving growth and making our product secure for clients ever since.

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EEOC Statistics Show that Businesses Must do More to Tackle Sexual Harassment

What the latest EEOC Statistics reveal about sexual harassment in the workplace and what businesses need to do differently

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Infographic: The State of Technology, Data and Metrics Across Employee Relations

HR Acuity surveyed ER professionals at 158 organizations on their use of data, tech, and metrics. We outline 3 key takeaways to help improve your organization.

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Top 5 Ways Organizations are Using Employee Relations Analytics

How are organizations using employee relations analytics to create better employee experiences and drive business growth?

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A Visit to the Employee Relations Roundtable

As a new HR Acuity employee, I was privileged to be able to attend the Employee Relations roundtable in April. Here are a few of the key takeaways I had to share.

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5 Emerging HR Trends Employee Relations Teams Are Talking About in 2019

We've noticed five emerging HR trends that are top of mind for leaders. See how they are transforming organizations and their protocols for the better in 2019.

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HR Acuity Announces New SaaS Solution to Address Rising Harassment and Workplace Risk in Smaller & Mid-Size Businesses

HR Acuity announces Essential Edition, a SaaS solution for small & mid-sized businesses struggling to address employee issues in a post-#MeToo environment.

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10 Ways Technology Can Impact Your Employee Relations Strategy

Is your organization still using manual systems to document workplace issues? Here are ten reasons why it's time to adopt employee relations management technology.

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HR Acuity Team Member Profile: Lisa House, Senior Product Specialist & Black Belt in Customer Success

We're kicking off our new series of team member profiles with Lisa House, Senior Product Specialist. Lisa joined the team in 2012 and has been earning her black belt in customer success ever since. Learn about her knack for problem solving and why she's passionate about the work she does at HR Acuity.

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How the #MeToo Movement Is Making an Impact on Workplace Sexual Harassment Policy

Did the #MeToo movement make a lasting impact on company policy and culture? We talked to HR leaders about changes taking place within their organizations.

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The Importance of Transparency in Human Resources

Your employees need to know you take their concerns seriously. Here’s how to be transparent in human resources while protecting people's privacy.

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Termination Best Practices

Terminations are a hard part of managing, but if done correctly, they can help your business thrive. Here we explain 4 best practices for conducting terminations.

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HR Analytics for 2019 and Beyond: Here's what You Should be Tracking

Good HR reporting can give you invaluable insight into what’s going on in your organization. We outline ten HR reporting trends that you should be analyzing in 2019.

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Managing Marijuana Policies in the Workplace: Should You Be Drug Testing Employees?

As more states legalize marijuana, many companies have given up on drug testing employees. Learn more about your obligations as an employer and how to establish drug policies in the workplace.

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Change Management: 10 Steps for Successful Technology Adoption

Follow these 10 steps to ensure a successful technology adoption using validated change management principles.

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How TIAA is Elevating ER and Creating a Chief Employee Relations Officer

Learn how TIAA, a Fortune 100 financial services organization, elevated their leadership team by creating the Chief Employee Relations Officer role.

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Nearly a Year After #MeToo - Lessons Still to be Learned

Nearly a Year After #MeToo - Lessons Still to be Learned

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Key Steps to Ensuring Honesty During Investigations

Key Steps to Ensuring Honesty During Investigations

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Your Company Ethics Hotline Might Not Be Enough

Your Company Ethics Hotline Might Not Be Enough

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Considering the Employee Experience During the Investigative Process

Creating a positive employee experience usually focuses on perks and benefits, but what happens when an investigation is needed? Create a culture where employees report incidents, knowing that issues

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Addressing Sexual Harassment in University Settings

Female academic faculty face harassment at levels second only to the military. Employers need to take a hard look at how they address sexual harassment, how they enable female employees and students t

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Oops! Here's What Happens When Managers Don’t Document Key Employee Conversations

How often have your managers presented a plan to fire a problem employee, when the employee’s performance records on file are stellar? Learn the best ways to capture and store performance information

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4 Types of Employment Litigation Expenses Employers Should Track

Expenses add up fast for employment litigation cases. Does your organization track time, legal fees, and other associated costs? It makes sense for employers to know these costs for planning purposes.

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4 Best Practices for Making Employee ADA Accommodations

Reasonable accommodation can be a tricky issue for employee relations. Good legal counsel can provide perspecitve, but these practices that can also help simplify the process of accommodating employee

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How to Help Employees Set Priorities

Workplace stress can hamper productivity and employee engagement. When employers set clear priorities and leaders provide the systems, processes and tools their employees need, the employees can focus

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Five Alternatives to an Employee Reduction in Force (RIF)

A reduction in force (RIF) is painful for employees receiving the decision, and remaining employees face low morale and higher demands. Employers should think critically and creatively when consideri

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How Much Should a Manager Know About an Investigation?

You’re deep into the investigative process - interviewing witnesses, gathering evidence and capturing your findings. At what point do you loop the manager in and to what degree? Read on to find out ho

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Reductions In Force: How To Stay Compliant

A reduction in force (RIF) can be hard on the workplace. However, there are times when an RIF is essential to business operations. Here are some key things to know about RIFs.

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Studies Show Positive Workplace Culture Brings Financial Gains

Evidence shows a positive work environment fosters employee engagement and boosts productivity, thereby making a company more profitable. Here are metrics and methods HR professionals can use to contr

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Spotting and Dealing with a Toxic Employee

Toxic workers can create a negative, highly stressful work environment in addition to bringing down productivity. Here are some best practices to consider for recognizing and managing toxic employees.

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The Right and Wrong Way to Use Humor in the Workplace

While some humor can have a positive impact on the workplace, inappropriate humor has nothing but negative consequences. Understanding the difference between the right and wrong way to use humor is cr

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Top HR Metrics and a Primer for Achieving Them

Metrics tell you where you’ve been and indicate how well you’ve done. Today, business leaders, including HR and ER, must consider the ROI and metrics that gauge the effectiveness of programs and servi

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The Anatomy of an EEOC Complaint Pt. 4

In this wrap up of our series on EEOC claims, we’ll look at how to examine the claim and any lessons learned that might be able to be gleaned from the time and effort invested into the process.

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The Anatomy of an EEOC Complaint Pt. 3

Upon completion of the process, the EEOC can issue one of two things: a Dismissal and Notice of Right to Sue or a letter of determination with an offer to resolve the issue via conciliation. Part 3 of

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Managing the Growing Request for Non-Traditional Accommodations

Many employers find it tricky to navigate what is a reasonable accommodation and what isn't, especially with increasing requests for accommodations for health concerns that are not as clear. Learn how

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Are You Ready for #MeToo Movement in Your Workplace?

As a decades-old movement is revived, here's what HR and ER must do to create a proactive plan to handle #MeToo incidents and change workplace culture.

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The Anatomy of an EEOC Complaint Pt. 2

Employers with a firm grasp of the EEOC complaint process and a good system to track employee relations have a better chance of successfully navigating claims. Explore how to handle an EEOC complaint

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The Anatomy of an EEOC Complaint Pt. 1

Employers with a firm grasp of the EEOC complaint process and a good system for tracking employee relations have a better chance of successfully navigating a claim. Learn the early stages of the EEOC

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Guest Post: The Hidden Value of Employee Relations

This post is brought to you by Wendy Silver, Founder and President of Beyond the Workplace, LLC- thanks for sharing your thoughts Wendy! I am always i ...

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Skillfully Planning Investigation Logistics

The ultimate goal of a workplace investigation is to find the truth to help an employer comply with the law and maintain a healthy, productive work environment for all employees. Here’s a quick guide

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Sexual Harassment Training … for 2017

Clearly traditional sexual harassment training is not working - a different approach is needed. Organizations must take action by putting meaningful processes in place to protect their employees. Here

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Handling Employee Relations in Matrixed and Flat Organizations

How a company is structured and managed affects employee direction and motivation. Similarly, a company's employee relations strategy needs to take into account the type of structure. Here are the cha

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Workplace Investigations and the Power of Body Language

During workplace investigations, noting body language is as important as listening to a person's words. These nuances can be indicators that more questioning should occur and can guide decisions made

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Types of Investigation Evidence: Physical, Documentation and Testimony

Workplace investigations always involve evidence. All physical, documentation and testimony evidence must be collected and managed in different ways. The evidence must also be protected and leveraged

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What Do HR Professionals Do When Their Boss Is Unethical?

Unethical behavior can negatively impact a company and tarnish its reputation. When an ethics investigation arises due to misconduct, the HR leader must work with their boss towards the best possible

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When Is a Workplace Investigation Necessary?

When HR receives a complaint, or something seems suspicious, one of the first steps is to determine if an investigation is needed. A proper investigation can benefit both the employer and employees.

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Are Millennials More Conflict-averse than Other Generations?

Three generations are now in the workplace together and the youngest has created quite a stir. Millennials have been painted as conflict-averse. True or not, proper coaching and encouragement can guid

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When HR Should Step In or Out of a Boss-employee Conflict

You’ve known for some time that a certain employee and his boss aren’t getting along. You have valuable advice for both parties but hoped they could w ...

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Enhancing Employee Relations During Rapid Company Growth

Rapid growth can be both exciting and stressful for all departments in a company, including HR. Here are some strategies HR leaders can use to prepare for change and navigate their company through a t

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Who Does What? The HR/Employee Relations Balancing Act

As businesses become more complex, many are shifting responsibilities in an effort to find the right balance between personalized service and cost sav ...

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How to Know if Employee Relation Processes Are Working

Effective employee relations efforts foster mutual respect and trust between employee and employer. Environments where employees have confidence in le ...

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Q&A: What Your Legal Counsel Wishes You Knew About Investigations

HR leaders and employee relations professionals find dealing with legal can be a wild card in the investigation process. This interview with Jamie Brabston, Sr Legal Consultant at Redstone Government

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Investigating Signs of a Hostile Work Environment

Investigating a hostile work environment requires sensitivity, attention to detail and strong people skills. Before carrying out an investigation, it’s also important to know what constitutes a hostile work place.

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How to Hold C-level Executives Accountable for Culture

Company leaders set an organization’s standard for values, but it’s the responsibility of HR leaders to focus on how behavior and decisions impact the culture. Here’s how HR can hold C-level executive

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Ways HR Can Get a Seat at the C-suite Table

HR professionals play a large role in any organization but are seldom seen as strategic leaders. Here’s why it’s beneficial to include HR in organizational strategy and what can be done to overcome ba

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Setting Up No Fraternizing Protocols and Policies

It’s important to establish protocols and policies regarding fraternization in the workplace, especially between managers and subordinates. Here are a few things to take into consideration when establ

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Best Practices for Preventing and Addressing Retaliation

Although illegal, retaliation can still occur at work. Consider these best practices for establishing protocols and monitoring signs of retaliation for a fair and productive workplace.

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How to Use Exit Interview Data Strategically

Data collected from exit interviews can aid an organization in many ways. One key benefit is understanding why people leave the organization, which can spark measures to reduce turnover.

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Keys to Successful Stay Interviews

Stay interviews help an organization understand employee career goals as well as reinforce a culture of transparency and trust. Consider the following practices for successful and constructive stay in

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Best Practices & Questions for Complainants in a Workplace Investigation

While investigations are challenging, having a good plan and a core set of questions for interviewing complainants can help investigators resolve matters as quickly as possible.

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Identifying Bias by Leveraging Employee Relations Data

Bias in the workplace can be hard to track. Fortunately, an employee relations management system can help employers identify and prevent bias in the workplace to enable fair treatment for all employee

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Attorney-Client Privilege: What It Is and Why It Matters

Attorney-client privilege is an important legal privilege available to individuals and businesses alike. To protect this privilege and ensure confidentiality, here’s what HR leaders need to consider.

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4 Strategies for Preventing Employee Relations Burnout

Employee burnout is a significant threat to workforce engagement. Avoid stress and frustration by considering these practices.

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Workplace Investigation Questions for the Accused: Interview Best Practices

Workplace investigations are difficult for everyone. These investigation questions for the accused will help ensure the process, and the individual, are handled with care.

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Mutual Respect: The Bedrock of Strong Employee Relations Practices

It’s no surprise that establishing a culture of mutual respect is a good employee relations practice. Less obvious are the positive outcomes, such as higher employee engagement and productivity.

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Effective Strategies for Creating a Whistleblower Program

An effective whistleblower program not only mitigates risk, it also creates a fair work environment in which employees feel safe. Here’s what to consider when creating one.

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What Your CEO Wants from a Good Investigation Program

In addition to reducing risk, there are other positive outcomes business leaders want from a strong investigation program. Here’s what your program should do to create a better work environment.

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Best Practices in Documenting Employee Performance

Quality employee performance documentation both protects a company from future litigation and benefits its employees by providing feedback for improvement. Many companies are moving away from the trad

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3 Timely Considerations for Conducting HR Investigations

Investigations are one of the least-loved aspects of employee relations, yet my hypothesis is that if HR leaders took more time to properly plan and carry out investigations, it would dramatically imp

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Why Protocols Are Essential in Workplace Investigations

Investigation protocols are a set of standard statements that publicly explain the process and expectations that guide the process. Once they’re put in place, they exert tremendous power in making sur

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How Open Offices Affect Workplace Investigations

The open-office wave has undoubtedly soaked offices around the country. In the shuffle to appeal to millennial talent, however, organizations are finding difficulty maintaining daily office procedures

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How to Pace Your Workplace Investigation to Be Thorough and Timely

HR professionals in the role of Investigator are under enormous pressure: by concerned employees asking for case updates and by management looking to quickly conclude the investigation and move on.

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HR Acuity Releases Groundbreaking Employee Relations Study

Employee Relations technology provider HR Acuity recently released the findings of its inaugural 2016 Benchmark Study.

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Collecting and Storing Workplace Investigation Documents

When the decision is reached to conduct an investigation, several processes are activated.

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Unconscious Bias Training: A Conversation With Desiree Dancy

Employees play a major role in the diversity and inclusivity of office environments.

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How to Articulate the Reporting of a Bad Attitude

Employees with a bad attitude lurk in every office behind furrowed brows, frowns, and sarcastic remarks. They demoralize the workplace, bringing coworkers down to their negativity.

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Assessing and Documenting a Messy Workspace

“Cleanliness is next to Godliness.” A phrase first coined by John Wesley, has since become a mantra related to organization.

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Identifying and Preventing Workplace Bullying

Bullying is a major problem within almost every industry. Learn how leaders can identify a bully before impacting the company’s brand, and how bullying to prevent bullying in the first place.

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Why and How Employee Tardiness Must Be Documented

Almost every state has adopted an “at-will” employment arrangement, but not having a consistent process for managing tardiness – or other behavioral issues – can set up organizations for frivolous and

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The 3 P’s of Arbitration Every Employer Must Know

Sometimes voluntary and at other times mandatory, arbitration clauses are often portrayed as legalese put in employment contracts to protect the employer. However, employers – not just employees – are

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6 Credibility Assessment Strategies For Workplace Investigations (Infographic)

A thorough investigator has the responsibility to analyze the facts as uncovered, assess the credibility of the parties involved and come to some reasonable determination – even in a “he said, she sai

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How to Handle He Said She Said Situations: 6 Credibility Assessment Strategies to Employ

Managing employee relations can be challenging, especially when one employee accuses another of serious allegations. Learn how to handle “he said, she said” situations in a consistent and fair way.

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Managing Employee Relations Risk: Moving Beyond the Spreadsheet

Open a laptop and load your spreadsheet of choice. What you’ll see is a compilation of data that is probably 13 columns across and about 37 rows deep. ...

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5 Reasons Why Organizations Need an Anti-Nepotism Policy

In reality, the negatives of permitting nepotism in the workplace far outweigh any positives, and an anti-nepotism policy has become an essential component of employee relations best practice.

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6 Common Exit Interview Myths Dispelled

Exit interviews are an important employee relations tool, yet often misunderstood and poorly executed. Here are 6 common exit interview myths dispelled.

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3 Ways Documentation Can Help Fight Internal Fraud

The Fraud Triangle is a well-known concept that has its roots in criminology. Largely attributed to researcher Donald Cressey, he believed that people ...

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Traffic Lights, Documentation and Workplace Investigations

Remember the childhood playground game, Red Light–Green Light? One person gets to be the traffic light and stand at the front with his/her back facing ...

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Ethics Hotlines: Employee Relations Boon or Bust?

Ethics hotlines are growing in popularity. They provide an accessible and anonymous way for employees to report potential wrongdoing; and in principle ...

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10 Milestones That Changed Employee Relations

HR Acuity® turns 10 years old this month, and we’re taking the opportunity to look back at 10 employee relations milestones from the past decade. We c ...

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5 Shocking Employee Relations Headlines and the Lessons Behind Them

Bad headlines drive readership, and stories about people have the added advantage of tugging on our emotional heartstrings as well. In a recent articl ...

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5 Compelling Metrics Behind the HR Case Management Trend (Part 1)

Big data is slowly permeating the workplace. Managers are tracking engagement, enterprise platforms are monitoring employee social media activity, wor ...

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25 Employee Relations Trends That Will Impact The Workplace in 2016

With the close of 2015, many of us are reflecting on the year that passed and, of course, the one that lies ahead. The employee relations landscape ch ...

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3 Must-Know Facts About Workplace Retaliation

Workplace retaliation is a form of misconduct that can be difficult to identify, but is posing an increasing financial and legal risk to organizations. Here are 3 must-know facts about workplace retal

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10 Trending Employee Relations Issues for 2016 (Infographic)

From same-sex marriage benefits to protecting employee confidentiality in a workplace investigation, the employee relations landscape is in constant f ...

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Tattoos — A Trending Employee Relations Issue for 2016

The green and black headline announces, “TATTOOS. Yes!” and is accompanied by a thumbs up graphic sporting a coffee cup tattoo on the wrist. Along wit ...

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5 Ways an Aging Workforce Is Changing Employee Relations

Aging Americans are working longer – a lot longer. By 2022, almost 32% of the population between 65 and 74 will be working – almost double the labor p ...

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5 Employee Relations Tips From Top Practitioners

Thursday was full of surprises. Just when the HR Acuity® team thought we knew the consensus view, someone’s commentary would change the course of the ...

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Employee Relations and Social Media (Infographic)

Employee Relations and Social Media

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The Role of Data-Driven Insights in Employee Relations

The Role of Data-Driven Insights in Employee Relations

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Higher Ed Employee Relations and Title IX — It‘s Complicated

In a response to an inquiry by three U.S. Senators, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) admitted that the average duration of a Title IX investigation ...

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5 More Workplace Behaviors That Are Actually Misconduct

Can a casual comment at the water cooler land you in hot water with your employer? How about if you tell a group of co-workers a joke laced with foul ...

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When You Don't Like What Your Employees Are Posting on Social Media

Hiking through the mountains with a tour guide from a well-known travel company, I learned that the company recently asked all of its guides not to sh ...

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5 Workplace Behaviors That Really Are Bullying

In a recent VitalSmarts survey, 96% of people polled said they had experienced workplace bullying. It is a behavior that is costing US companies billions in lost productivity and worker turnover.

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Medical Marijuana — 5 HR Must-Knows for a Compliant Employee Relations Policy

There is no doubt that the debate over medical marijuana has heightened public awareness and played a role in shifting sentiment, but the issues surrounding medical cannabis remain complex.

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“Dear Colleague” — A Checklist for Title IX Coordinators

Are Title IX Coordinators the answer to the growing wave of litigation on American campuses? They are certainly part of the solution, but the responsibilities inherent in the job are vast.

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The HR Dilemma: Employee Misconduct or Just Work-Life Balance

According to a survey by Captivate, a digital media company, over half of employees spend time in the office on their Facebook, Twitter or other socia ...

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10 Dos and Don'ts for Conducting Workplace Investigations

DON’T rush. Create a plan for your investigation by identifying what issue(s) you are trying to resolve, what documents to review and who to intervie ...

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The Scoop on Birthday Parties in the Workplace

It seems innocent enough. A co-worker has a birthday coming up, so a little celebration is organized during the workday to mark the event. A slice of ...

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Why the UPS Pregnancy Discrimination Case Is So Important for Employee Relations

The UPS case should be collaboratively discussed by every HR and management team in the country because employee relations is about people, not just the technicalities of HR policy.

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Savvy HR in the Age of the Office Romance

HR is often the last to know yet still bears the burden of putting policies in place that protect both the company and employees from the potential repercussions of workplace relationships.

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5 Essential Element of an Inclusive Transgender Policy in the Workplace

Companies able to maintain a culture of diversity and inclusion attract the top talent.

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Anatomy of a Defensible Workplace Investigation Case File (Infographic)

A defensible workplace investigation case file includes a comprehensive investigation report, interview notes and supporting documentation.

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5 Workplace Behaviors That Are Actually Misconduct

Some outwardly trivial employee behaviors may be more serious than you think, and with the appropriate workplace guidelines in place, companies can take legal recourse to combat them.

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5 Reasons Why Employee Engagement Really Does Matter

Engaged employees, or employees that are emotionally committed to their company and its success, are hugely impactful to the organization’s bottom line. Here are 5 reasons why employee engagement rea

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3 Hurdles Ahead for Employee Relations Risk Management

The recent Intuit 2020 Report: Twenty Trends that will Shape the Next Decade highlighted an incredible, emerging workplace trend.

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Indirect Discrimination: Do You Know the Signs?

Pick up any newspaper or read the latest headlines on your favorite newsfeed, and you will most certainly find a story about a pending discrimination ...

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3 Technology-Driven Workplace Issues You Didn't Even Know You Had

As technology continues to pervade both our everyday lives and the workplace, it ushers in a whole new set of employee relations issues for companies as well.

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Title IX and the Growing Wave of Litigation on American Campuses

Title IX underpinned a move to ensure women athletes would have equal access to sports facilities and scholarship funds as well as comparable coaching to their male peers. But there is far more to Tit

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Workplace Investigations: Timing Can Be Everything

People often evaluate the success of a new company in terms of its growth rate. In fact, I recently read an article which focused on whether year-on-y ...

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Social Media and Employee Relations: More Than a Policy

You might think that social media has no bearing on this particular section of HR, but you’d be wrong.

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High Profile Employees Can Mean High Risk

Dealing with a human resource issue involving a high profile employee or situation is not easy – just ask Roger Goodell.

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The 4 Cs of Your Workplace Investigations

Learn about the 4Cs of Workplace Investigations - Consistent, Compliant, Comprehensive and Court-Ready - and how to improve your investigation process.

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What To Do When a Problem Employee Files a Complaint

When a problem employee files a complaint, the severity and complexity of the investigation automatically increases. Find out how to manage the situation.

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How To Avoid Internal Investigation Retaliation in Your Workplace

In 2010 retaliation claims surpassed race discrimination as the most common type of charge filed with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

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Squeezing the Most Out of Your Onboarding Interviews

There are a myriad of to-dos for Human Resources when a new hire comes on, but the most important step of onboarding a new employee is the post-hire interview.

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Pattern of Behavior or Isolated Event? Recognizing the Difference

Patterns of behavior can occur in individuals, in teams and in entire departments, and they can be really tough to identify if you don’t know what to look for. Learn how to recognize them.

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Perception Vs. Reality: Employees, HR and the Things We Believe

To employees, HR could be the person they see only when something goes wrong. We‘re there when someone gets fired, during exit interviews, disputes and almost every talk behind closed doors. It’s easy

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Out of My Control: A Series on Mitigating Employee-Related Risks

In this series, I would like to define the risks, explain and identify the impact and provide actionable advice on how to take control within your organization.

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Webinar Recap: The Changing Face of the CHRO

This week, HR Acuity held a webinar session explaining why employee relations is the next big frontier for CHROs to conquer.

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18 Surprising Employee Relations Statistics

Let’s be honest, employee relations is a tricky subject, encompassing everything from bullying and harassment to appropriately terminating an employee.

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How Can I Make Employees Feel Safe in Our Process

Imagine this: you have a complaint to lodge about a situation in your work environment, but you are hesitant to speak up because you are paralyzed wi ...

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How to Measure Your Employee Relations Strategy: 16 Employee Engagement KPIs

A strong employee relations strategy creates an environment that delivers what people want now or in the near future. Learn how to evaluate your success.

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Learn from Employee Relations Disasters: 4 Lessons

HR stories make the news every day, from disgruntled employees to legal precedence, but it’s easy to find the lessons hidden…if you’re looking. Learn from these crazy situations and use your knowledge

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Yes, There Is a Right Way To Do Exit Interviews

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Discover employee relation issues that have concerned organizations, like yours, over the past 12 months with our Annual Workplace Survey Infographic.

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The next time you are conducting an investigation, assess the credibility of involved parties in the exact same way you assess a candidate in the staffing process. Here's how.

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technology – and social media specifically- is evolving at an extremely rapid pace. But using social media in the workplace can be a slippery slope – and especially in workplace investigations. Here

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Documenting employee relations issues is essential for consistently gathering the data you need to improve employee experience and lower organizational risk.

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