Choose Your Company Culture Wisely

Corporate culture affects employee behavior. This goes far beyond working hard to get something turned in because your boss wants it yesterday. People's ethical and personal decisions are based in part upon the values of the organization that employs them. Therefore, consider the culture of a company before you accept a job.

Don’t Panic If Your HRBP Wants to Meet With You

HR business partners (HRBP) combine several domains of HR, including recruitment, performance management, and compensation planning. They are also involved in evaluating employee engagement and creating smooth conflict-resolution channels. If you get a call from your HRBP, it's natural then to fear that they're contacting you in their conflict-resolution capacity. Before you start worrying that you're in trouble, learn a bit more about what they do -- and why it's not always bad news for you.

5 Reasons Why Annual Performance Reviews Should Be Banished, Adobe-Style

Rarely, if ever, does any manager or employee speak of their fondness for the annual performance review, that ritual outlining of personal mistakes, successes, strengths, and weaknesses. So, if everyone hates them so much, why are are we doing them? That's the question Adobe asked before deciding to eliminate the process in 2012, and the company hasn't looked back since. Here's why.

Would You Miss HR, If Your Company Got Rid of It?

Human resources gets a lot of flak from other departments in the company. Much of the good they do (administering benefits, for example) is invisible, while their less enjoyable duties (handing out pink slips) are right out in the open for all to see. Recently, a few companies have done away with HR altogether, replacing some functions with software that automates payroll and benefits, etc. But are workers really better off without an HR department?

When Can I Go to HR?

Many employees dread going to Human Resources, seeing it either as an extension of their boss's authority or as a cost-center that takes away healthy productive time from employees for conducting training or surveys. As a result, a lot of employees are unclear on when and why they should reach out to HR.

What Your Friendly Neighborhood HR Rep Can and Can’t Do for You

Nearly every organization has a mysterious person who lurks behind a closed office door, can be spotted on the floor checking on employees, or giving out helpful information at staff meetings. No we are not talking about some caped crusader who swoops in to save the day. We’re talking about the Human Resource representative at your workplace and finding out what this person can do (and cannot do) for you as an employee.

Offer Solutions Instead of Complaints

Managers hire people to fix problems, not complain about them. Employees who are prepared to offer possible solutions are considered highly valuable. These problem-solvers are the ones who keep their jobs in a tight economy. They're also the workers who are offered merit raises, and, eventually, promoted.

Young Americans Can Make or Break Obamacare

A big part of the president's healthcare reform plan is to extend coverage to those who need it most – the old, the poor and the young. To make it affordable, the program relies on young, presumably healthy, adults to opt in. If they don't, they pay a fine. But what if they opt to get penalized instead of sign on up? What would that do to the Affordable Care Act?

When a Vacation Is Not a Vacation

We've all heard the benefits of taking a real vacation, such as stress reduction and better quality of life. The problem is that so few working people get to take a good, long break from doing any work or thinking about work.