Human Resources Tips
At Accuchex, we believe that the human resources department is the heart of every organization. It’s important that HR departments run as smoothly and efficiently as possible. Below you can find a collection of tips for HR professionals. This page is updated on a monthly basis.
Creating an Engaging Workplace
Most employees are not engaged at work—70% according to Gallup. This is no new trend. The combined number of unengaged and actively disengaged employees remains high from year to year. Poor engagement results in less productivity, less creativity, higher absenteeism, and higher turnover.
Employee engagement is basically a measure of your employees’ commitment to their work and the success of your organization. Think of it as their work ethic within your company. It includes their emotional investment in the work they do for you, but it’s not simply an emotional state. You might have employees who are grumpy and frustrated, yet strive to do their best work and make a difference.
Fortunately, low engagement isn’t inevitable. Some companies have great employee engagement. Their employees consciously and consistently work for the good of their organization. They’re committed, innovative, and driven to help their co-workers and organization thrive.
You can’t force an employee to be engaged—engagement is ultimately their choice. But you can create working conditions that inspire and empower employees to make that choice. What you want is an engaging culture—a workplace culture that prompts and rewards engagement. Here’s how you create it:
- Define the specific purpose of your organization. What do you do? What’s your style? How are you different from the competition? Employees can’t be engaged unless they have something to be engaged in. Engagement needs direction, focus. And employees need to know how their role contributes to the organization’s purpose.
- Commit to the success of your employees. If you want employees to work for your organization’s success, you must work for theirs. Coach them. Train them. Help them develop their skills and abilities. They’ll see that you care about their present and future success, and they’ll know that you trust them. And knowing you’re committed to them, they’ll be more committed to you.
- Recognize employees who go above and beyond. In a culture of engagement, just getting the job done isn’t enough. Encourage extra effort by rewarding it. Formal recognition programs are a great way to do this. And by recognizing employees for their efforts, you show them that their work is valued and meaningful.
- Encourage criticism, feedback, and innovation. Every organization could use improvement. Solicit your employees’ ideas. Be open to their suggestions. By giving your employees a say in the organization’s operations and working conditions, you provide them with a sense of ownership. Policies, procedures, and practices shouldn’t all be dictated from above.
- Allow for a healthy work-life balance. Your employees have other commitment they need to attend to. Give them the time to see to those commitments and have a life outside of work, and you’ll get more from them when they’re on the job.
Make sure you’re calculating overtime on workweek basis, not a pay period basis. Non-exempt employees must be paid time and a half for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek, regardless of total hours worked in the pay period.
The workweek is the 7-day, 168-hour period during which you track employee time to see if anyone has worked more than 40 hours and is therefore entitled to overtime. For instance, many companies set their workweek to begin at 12:00 am Sunday morning and end the following Saturday at midnight. Your workweek shouldn’t fluctuate, and your employees should be aware of when it starts and ends (hopefully, that’s in your handbook!).
The most common error we see here is employers on a 2-week payroll cycle thinking that they don’t have to pay overtime if the employee didn’t work more than 80 hours in the pay period. That’s not the case. If an employee worked 50 hours in week 1, and 30 hours in week 2, they’d be entitled to 70 hours of straight time and 10 hours of overtime during that pay period. In week 1 they did 10 hours of work above and beyond 40 in the workweek and are therefore entitled to overtime, regardless of how many hours they worked during the rest of the pay period.
This information is provided by The HR Support Center.