Putting HR processes on mobile devices can be engaging while providing new sources of valuable data, writes Andreas Lohff, CEO of cut-e Group. Make sure such programs are easy to use because "employees will form opinions about HR's effectiveness based on their experience of mobile-enabled HR processes," Lohff writes.
HR should follow up on anonymous social media posts regarding workplace harassment, HR consultants say. However, OperationsInc CEO David Lewis notes that an anonymous complaint is harder to act on than a full HR investigation that includes witnesses.
Give your project teams a way to interact in a virtual community and a strategy for following up on what they learned, writes Lauren Trees, principal research leader for knowledge management at APQC. "The right combination of approaches for your organization will depend on the type of projects you do, the resources available to enable knowledge sharing and collaboration and the underlying culture," Trees writes.
Industry-specific credentialing programs can help employees learn the latest skills without the commitment demanded from longer-form training and degree programs. Diligence is required in selecting providers of such programs, says Jerusha Harvey of the Data and Marketing Association.
If you check your social media accounts mostly for work reasons or to make strategic posts, you're using social media productively, writes Alyse Kalish. Avoid spending time on social media to kill boredom or to satisfy an impulse to comment on everything you see.
Rather than trying to achieve perfect work-life balance, focus on making positive adjustments, even if your changes are small. Live purposefully, and take control of your choices instead of focusing your energy on maintaining perfect harmony, writes Lori Hil.
The Australian town of Charleville is unsure how it will celebrate its 150th anniversary, which local authorities believed would occur next year but was actually reached in 2015. Officials looked through Queensland state records and discovered the town was officially established in 1865, not 1868.
A survey by American Century Investments found that 8 in 10 employees would like their employers to give them at least a "slight nudge" toward saving for retirement. The survey also found that 75% of workers support automatic enrollment in retirement plans at 6% of salary, while most pre-retirees and younger workers said they would take a 3% match of retirement-plan contributions over a 3% pay increase.