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HRMagazine is a magazine covering human resources for management professionals. Since it was founded in 1955 it has been produced monthly. The magazine is published by Society for Human Resource Management.Subjects for HRMagazine include employment and human resources. The editor is Nancy M. Davis.

Articles from Vol. 60, No. 6, July/August

25 FUN & EASY Ways to BOOST Morale
hether facing a summer slump or the winter doldrums, everyone occasionally needs a bit of help to remain engaged and motivated. We recently asked you to share your ideas on social media for fun and easy workplace morale boosters. Boy, did you come through!...
A Crisis of Confidence
Women start their careers with more ambition than men do, but they lose confidence within their first years in the workplace. That's the conclusion of a Bain & Co. study that compared employees with minimal work experience to more-tenured workers....
Can You Handle the Pressure?
No one truly thrives under pressure, whether it's created by urgent deadlines or the need to perform in front of a large audience. Not athletes. Not entertainers. Not business stars. Some do manage pressure better than others, though, allowing them to...
Cofronting Conflict
At a hospital, employee conflicts can happen amid life-or-death situations. No one benefits when these conflicts are ignored-not the staff, not the managers and certainly not the patients.While it's a natural human tendency to avoid uncomfortable conflict...
Culture KEEPERS
Meet the people behind the new title in the C-suite.It's no wonder "culture officer" is making its way into the business lexicon. Last year, Merriam-Webster announced that "culture" was a 2014 word of the year, and a 2014 global survey of nearly 1,200...
Embrace Simplicity
The business environment grows more complex every year. Businesses have more stakeholders, more customers, more markets and more regulations. Business leaders are juggling conflicting demands, and changes are occurring at a more rapid pace than ever...
EXTREME FIRINGS and Their Lessons
Inappropriate touching. Over-the-top profanity. Publicly undressing in one's place of employment. Clear grounds for firing, right? Not so fast. These unbelievable but true cases demonstrate that, even when workers are guilty of the most outrageous behaviors,...
FLSA Protects Worker Who Made Verbal Complaint
Greathouse v. JHS Sec. Inc., 2nd Cir., No. 12-4521.The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) prohibits retaliation against employees who make verbal pay-related complaints directly to their employers, not just employees who make written complaints to government...
Fostering Change
The current workforce includes people who are not only "technology-aware" but also "technology-dependent." Sadly, employers' need to adapt to the shifting talent landscape rarely comes with an increased HR budget. Making smart technology selections can...
Freelance Nation
Wes Cherisien has never met many of the workers he hires-and he has no problem with that. When he needs something done quickly, he visits a website that links companies with independent contractors who are seeking short-term projects. "You can post a...
How Should I Handle a Job Applicant Who Has an Outstanding Warrant?
After finding the individual, law enforcement will bring him or her in, either to be arrested or to appear in court. That being the case, you are faced with two main questions: Must you report this applicant to law enforcement? And can the information...
In Memoriam
Bill Leonard, SHRM Writer and Editor, 1957-2015SHRM mourns the loss of Bill Leonard, a reporter and editor at SHRM for 26 years, who died of a heart attack in May. He was 58.Leonard wrote countless articles for HR Magazine, other publications and SHRM's...
In the Decade of Human Capital, HR Must Lead
Shortly before this issue of HR Magazine hit your mailbox, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) wrapped up its 2015 Annual Conference & Exposition. More than 15,000 HR professionals from around the globe converged in Las Vegas to focus...
Member Spotlight
Valerie Utsey, SHRM-CP HR director, Universities Space Research AssociationFor as long as she can remember, Valerie Utsey has had a passion for space science. When she was 10, she spent a week at the U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala. So working for...
Monitoring 401(k) Plans: Make the Investment
When it comes to overseeing employees' retirement plans, it's not just about picking good investments-it's also about avoiding bad ones. The U.S. Supreme Court emphasized that point when it recently held that trustees and plan fiduciaries for 401(k)...
Race Bias Claims Proceed Due to Lack of Documentation
Hutchens v. Chicago Board of Education, 7th Cir., No. 13-3648.A trial court's ruling dismissing discrimination claims against the Chicago Board of Education and its unit director must be reversed based on a lack of documentation, the 7th U.S. Circuit...
Supreme Court Bolsters Religious Discrimination Law
The U.S. Supreme Court made it easier for claims of religious discrimination to proceed when it recently ruled in favor of a young Muslim woman who had been denied a job at Abercrombie & Fitch because she wore a religious headscarf.In an 8-1 opinion,...
Top 10 Employment Liability Concerns
A ll policies affording coverage for employment-related liabilities are not created equal. Knowing which liabilities are covered by which policies- and what to do when potential liability arises-is critical to maximizing your insurance recovery.The best...
What Should Be Done When Employees Violate the Company's Summer Dress Code?
Ah, summer at the office: the clap of Ryan's flip-flops, the sight of the torn leather sandals that Joe backpacked through Europe in after college, and the length of Mary's "skort" making you wonder if she has qualified for Wimbledon this year. You implemented...
What's New
Training and DevelopmentExploreGate has released an innovative and patented technology designed to provide a fully interactive user experience for online training content. The training and development software allows users to ask questions and receive...
Where in the World Are SHRM Members?
SHRM's global presence continues to grow, with 9,772 international members in 176 countries and territories-up from 2,415 members a decade ago.In total, SHRM has more than 280,000 members.SHRM is involved in many international events and learning opportunities....
Why HR Must Go beyond Words
At one of the first interviews I ever conducted, I messed up in a major way. I was in my early 20s, two weeks into my first salaried job and recruiting for a physically demanding position. It was all fairly straightforward-until a woman who was five...
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