Personnel Journal

A semi-monthly professional magazine focused on human resources management, providing news, trend analysis, case studies, advice, and information about tools for HR managers..

Articles from Vol. 72, No. 7, July

Employees Exercise to Prevent Injuries
It's 6:25 in the morning. The sun's rays, just awakening, haven't yet chased the chill from the air. Inside the Subaru-Isuzu Automotive (SIA) plant in Lafayette, Indiana, however, the air is hot from the panting breath of workers. As the triumphant sound...
Family Issues Are a Priority at Stride Rite
Finger paintings. Walking canes. Toy trucks. Crochet hooks. Sandboxes. Trifocal glasses. This curious mixture of artwork and artifact isn't found in most work places. At The Stride Rite Corp., how ever, it is.These intergenerational objects ar on-site...
For Some Companies, Portable Pension Plans Aren't Practical
Portable pensions aren't for all companies. Like any new trend, they fit in well at some companies and don't work well at others.Many old-line manufacturers, for example, eschew portability because their workers still tend to stay for many years, and...
How HR Is Making Pensions Portable
Employees who leave Duracell International Inc. for other jobs have become accustomed to gathering the usual mementos when they go: nameplates, the company mug, personal files or notebooks from a training session. But these days, many departing staffers...
Interoffice Mail Harassment
In today 's complicated world, ethical decisions aren 't always black or white: they often fall into gray areas, and it takes careful thought to determine the best step to take. Readers responded to this situation posed by PERSONNEL JOURNAL.The Dilemma:*...
It Was a Very Good Year
Humility certainly has its place. Socially, it's hard to go wrong if you adopt a gee-whiz posture and mumble something like, "Shucks, winning isn't everything." Well, that's true--it isn't. Before anyone rushes in to take back our trophies, however,...
Job-Sharing in the HR Department
Pierie O'Connor and Kim Murphy share a desk and a chair. They also have the same boss and the same job. Why? O'Connor and Murphy share the position of executive assistant to the VP of HR, Robert Lambert, at Cambridge, Massachusetts-based The Stride Rite...
Kids Become Employees for a Day
Last year, the HR staff at Vancouver, British Columbia-based CanWest Gas Supply Inc. came up with an interesting idea to implement a program for employees' children to spend a day at the office. Kid's Day was born. During their summer vacation or a school...
Manager's Newsfront
The general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) has issued a policy memo to the NLRB's field offices analyzing whether employee participation programs remain lawful under the standards earlier discussed by the Board in Electromation...
Retirement Planning in the Year 2000
As work-force needs change, so do HR policies. Like other areas of HR, pension and retirement plans are evolving. This month's cover story illustrates how companies are making their pension plans more portable to respond to increased employee mobility.*...
Stride Rite's Benefits Mirror Its Commitment to Individual,
The Stride Rite Corp. offers employees benefits that help address some of their individual, family and community-service needs and aspirations. The benefits range from $2,000 scholarships to a volunteer program that allows employees to take time off...
Teach Money Management
Not many years ago, employers spent minimal time educating employees about health and dental options. Then came the health-care crisis. Employers, no longer able to provide all benefits free or at a minimal cost to their workers, have turned to more-flexible...
Test Your Organization's Family-Friendliness
ANSWER TRUE OR FALSE:1. My HR department tracks the number of women who do--and do not--return from maternity leave. True--False-2. I am prepared to (or have) convince (d) top management of the bottom-line benefits of enabling men to share parenting...
The Shaping of an Exercise Program
Good programs don't happen overnight. They take lots of planning, careful implemention and, usually, much revision. Lafayette, Indiana-based Subaru-Isuzu Automotive's (SIA) work-hardening program is no exception. The company designed the program to condition...
What Does Your Business Card Say about You?
Ah, business cards. Most of us don't think twice about them. We stick them in our pockets, purses or planning calendars before heading off to the next business meeting, poised to give them out with the shake of a hand.Business cards are the ultimate...
What Joint Ventures in China Are Giving Employees in Pay and Benefits
COMPANY-PAID HOUSING. Ten to 20% salary increases. Maternity leave with full pay. Clothing and meal allowances. Medical and retirement benefits. Paid nursery care. Even a laundry allowance.Oh, no, you're probably thinking. Which company is offering these...
What Stride Rite Learned about Child and Elder Care
In 197, Stride Rite opened the first on-site child-care program for employees and community members in the U.S. Three years ago, Stride Rite expanded one of its two childcare centers into an intergenerational center for both kids and elder dependents.From...
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