Leaders should meet with employees every two or three months and ask them how the company is doing, what should be improved and how leaders can help, says coach and author Marshall Goldsmith. "In between those months, what you have is mutual responsibility -- the employee has the responsibility to talk to the boss if they are ever lost or confused, and the boss has the responsibility to listen and answer any queries," Goldsmith says.
Keep your boss informed and regularly offer help if your boss is difficult to work with. Through repetition and gratitude, you can ease tensions with the boss and develop a peer network, Karin Hurt writes.
Companies are offering employees a wider variety of voluntary benefits, experts said. Popular options include help paying for pet care if someone is hospitalized, long-term-care coverage and concierge health services.
Many people will advise young professionals to stop focusing on outside interests, but doing so will only prevent you from developing a well-rounded skill set, writes Lily Herman. You can also ignore advice to stay with any job for at least a year, especially if you're miserable or better opportunities are available.
Seek out advice from mentors and then actually do what they suggest, advises entrepreneur Ivan Misner. It's better to implement a few key pieces of advice repeatedly than to try to adopt a huge number of strategies from different sources.
Dignity Health uses standardized protocol throughout the organization to gauge kindness and compassion in prospective employees. The health care network considers a job seeker's empathy to be "just as important as their skills and abilities," says Kristie Griffin, Dignity Health's director of talent acquisition.
A 3-foot-long alligator was found yesterday at the swimming pool of the Bayview Inn & Suites in Atlantic City, N.J. Animal control workers were able to safely remove the creature, but authorities are unsure how the alligator got into the pool in the first place.
Cloud computing, machine learning and other technologies are upending how HR works, in some cases making obsolete HR information systems, writes Erin Vaughan. "HR teams will be able to pick and choose management software that best fits their needs, then 'train' programs to read data from various sources, a possibility that argues against the usefulness of legacy suites," she writes.
Software vendors are offering cloud-based health management tools to create personalized health benefits, wellness programs, fitness apps and insurance exchanges. Welltok, Vitality Group and Liazon are three companies profiled in this article.