OFCCP Compliance: It’s a bit like being in the Land of Oz!
by Jenny Nelson - Nov, 2015
Imagine repeating the phrase, “There’s no place to audit. There’s no place to audit,” and – poof! – a closure letter arrives. Wouldn’t that be nice? Unfortunately, life only works that way in the movies. None of us own a crystal ball, have ever met a cornfield scarecrow that talks or admit to knowing one, or own a dog named Toto. Well, maybe someone has a pet named Toto. But we don’t have the power to click our problem...
 
  Beyond “Applicants”: OFCCP’s Requests For “Expressions of Interest” In Audits
by Chris Patrick - Nov, 2015
Picture this (perhaps familiar) scenario: You received a letter from the Department of Labor notifying you that OFCCP has selected one of your locations for a compliance review. You responsibly spent the 30-day notice period gathering relevant policies. Check. You confirmed your workforce data and double-checked your availability and utilization analyses. Check. You scoured for d...
 
  The Year in Review for OFCCP
by Bill Osterndorf - Nov, 2015
While it’s only November, we can certainly say that this has been a year of tremendous change for companies subject to the federal affirmative action laws and regulations. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) implemented a number of major initiatives during 2015. With the extensive number of new and proposed initiatives involving OFCCP that have occurred in the last fe...
 
  Five Strategies to Brand Yourself a Must-Call Executive
by Rosa Elizabeth Vargas - Nov, 2015
If you are ready to job search with a FANTASTIC executive resume, you have to strategize beyond functions, skills, and accomplishments. Yes, beyond achievements, because at the executive level EVERY candidate is competent and successful. As a leader, you are not hired as a ‘cog in the wheel’ but to re-invent, fix, or upgrade the machine! Wouldn’t you agree? Therefore, you must decide to become the hero and paint that pictur...
 
  Winning at Working: It Started with a Turkey
by Nan S. Russell - Nov, 2015
In the early days of a start-up company I once worked for, a plump turkey was a small thank you token given to employees around the holidays. The turkey-giving practice lasted maybe three years, until the growing size of the organization necessitated its change. While enhanced benefits emerged to replace that poultry gift, the missing turkey still appeared as a resentment issue years later in employee forums. Not long ago,...
 
  3 Ways To Beat The Solopreneur Blues
by Melody Wilding - Nov, 2015
Do you feel like you’re in a rut? Has your motivation disappeared without any signs of a comeback? From time to time we all fall in a “funk” — when we feel plagued by a lack of focus and feel down for reasons we can’t put our finger on. Sound familiar? Blame the solopreneur blues. While the solopreneur blues is not a condition in the scientific sense, every entrepreneur, freelancer, or creator is familiar with the...
 
  4 Ways to Manage Your Schedule for Work-Life Balance
by Mary G. White - Nov, 2015
BusinessDictionary.com defines work-life balance as “a comfortable state of equilibrium achieved between an employee’s primary priorities of their employment position and their private lifestyle.” How you manage your schedule has a lot to do with whether or not you will be able to reach this state. Finding time to do the things you want means setting aside time for them, then protecting it fiercely. Managing Your Schedule f...
 
  Be Honest – Do You Waste Time at Work?
by Mary G. White - Nov, 2015
Many people waste time at work. It’s true – and you might be one of them! Not everyone who wastes time at work does so on purpose. Sometimes the time wasters are foisted on us (like pointless meetings), but many are self-induced (such as socializing and participating in office gossip). Statistics About Wasting Time at Work For a 2014 Salary.com study, 89% of respondents “reported wasting time at work every day” (some of...
 
  Can Exercise Improve Work Performance?
by Mary G. White - Nov, 2015
Absolutely, yes. Exercise can help people perform better at work! That’s why programs and activities designed to encourage employees to become more active are an integral part of many wellness programs. From providing on-site workout rooms to bringing in personal trainers during lunch breaks to holding walking meetings, employers are encouraging employees to exercise in a variety of ways. Why? Because there is a direct relatio...
 
  Can HR Impact the Bottom Line?
by Mary G. White - Nov, 2015
While HR has traditionally been viewed as an expense, taking a more strategic perspective requires viewing HR as an investment, which it rightfully is. Strategic HR – meaning that HR activities are tied to business strategy – can definitely have an impact on the bottom line. They key to demonstrating impact lies with quantifying results. Quantifying Bottom Line Results In Strategic Business Partner: A Critical Role for H...
 
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