The HR Answer Book: An Indispensable Guide for Managers and Human Resources Professionals Hardcover – 1 Jul 2011
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."..comprehensive guide to the many changes HR pros have witness in recent years - from the economy ...to developments in law and technology." "--Work Style magazine"
..".comprehensive guide to the many changes HR pros have witness in recent years - from the economy ...to developments in law and technology." "--Work Style magazine"
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From recruiting strategies to payroll, retention to benefits administration, the job market to the very culture of business, workplaces continue to change at an unprecedented rate. And so do the laws and best practices that govern sound and effective human resources policies. Featuring a powerful combination of proven strategies and breaking, must-know information, "The HR Answer Book" is an invaluable and practical reference for both human resources practitioners and any professionals involved in hiring and managing staff. Organized by topic in an accessible question-and-answer format, the book has been fully updated to reflect changes to every facet of human resources and employee relations. Veteran employment attorney Smith and HR consultant Mazin offer clear, powerful, plain-English responses to all your most pressing questions on more than 200 targeted topics, including: Compensation and Benefits. How can we make our benefits package attractive and cost-effective at the same time? Employment Law. What are the recent changes--including wage and hour classifications--and how do they affect the company, and our employees? Workplace Issues. How do I handle sensitive, difficult, or even dangerous situations in the workplace? Terminations and Layoffs. Whether it's for performance problems or economic realities, how do I make sure we do it legally, fairly, and as humanely as possible? Restructuring. How do we minimize business disruptions even in the midst of substantial downsizing and reorganization? New Technologies. How can I leverage the opportunities and meet the challenges of Facebook, Twitter, blogging, and other new realities of business culture? Every chapter offers instructive (and often amusing) examples, including real-world instances dubbed either "Worth Repeating" or "Better Forgotten." And the expanded Tools and Templates section offers an array of forms, checklists, and other ready-to-use documents such as: - Questions to ask before scheduling an interview - Job-applicant flow log - Performance goals form - Discipline, warning, and termination documents - Exit interview questionnaire . . . and many more that will help you establish, revise, and maintain workable and thorough policies that help create a positive work environment and bring out the best in your employees. Your field, your job, and your company are constantly evolving. Make sure you keep pace. It's easy with "The HR Answer Book"! Shawn Smith is an attorney, corporate executive, and frequent speaker on management issues. Her articles have appeared in numerous legal and business publications. Rebecca Mazin is cofounder of Recruit Right, an HR consulting firm; has held key positions at organizations including Hyatt Hotels, Owens Corning, and the National Labor Relations Board; and is the author of "The Employee Benefits Answer Book."See all Product Description
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The chapters are Witten in a Q & A format: common questions relating to the chapter's topic are answered in a fairly straight-forward manner and with enough details. Most concepts are explained succinctly and clearly without boring the reader. I especially liked the fact that the questions deal with both conceptual and practical elements of each topic. For example, in the chapter on HR policies, one of the questions is "should our company have an employee handbook?" and the answer explains both the legal and practical need for the handbook. Another question focuses on the "stylistic considerations in writing the manual."
The only complaint I had with the book is in the depth of the material covered. In targeting both HR professionals and managers, the authors may have had, by necessity, to "tune-down" some of the content and therefore, as an HR professional this was a little too basic for me to be as useful as it could've been.
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A smart,informative, entertaining guide to a serious subject...filled with FAQs that you sometimes didn't even know you needed to ask! Quickly became an everyday reference that I turn to again and again. Set up in an extremely reader-friendly fashion (perfect for those of us who don't have a lot of patience or time to spend looking things up) that makes sense of the language of HR. Once I read it, I bought it for all the managers in my team and recommend it to everyone who has ever encountered an uncomfortable HR situation (or hopes to avoid one!)