Human Resources

Employee Rewards: Beyond the Traditional

How institutions can creatively enhance employee performance and engagement

FOR MORE THAN A DECADE, Beryl Satter, a history professor at Rutgers University, Newark, has been organizing gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender faculty and staff so students would have an advocate group when needed. They had no one on campus to turn to when homophobic incidents occurred.

Tech Talk: What Has HR Done Lately?

Examining new and more traditional technologies for increased efficiencies

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME your human resources department explored new technology or brainstormed creative ways to maximize existing software? Many months ago? Last year? Maybe longer?

An Outsider's Perspective

Twelve tips for hiring a consultant

IT’S NOT UNUSUAL FOR HUMAN resource departments in higher ed to hire consultants instead of full-time employees to design a program, solve a problem, or reach a specific goal. Consultants typically are cheaper in the long run, possess unique skills, and can introduce HR to creative business strategies used by other educational institutions across the country.

Riding Out the Storm

Part two of a two-part column on how HR is coping with economic realities
 

MANY PEOPLE HAVE stopped watching the evening news. Why bother? More corporate greed. More stocks plummeting. More people losing their jobs, homes, or life savings. There’s the occasional “nearing the end of the recession” headline thrown in, but budget struggles have caused a number of layoffs on campuses.

Opportunity Knocks

How HR is using the down economy to develop more efficient programs and practices
 

TIGHTER BUDGETS. CUTS TO PROGRAMS. LAYOFFS. Frozen salaries. The list goes on and on as to how colleges and universities are being affected by the country’s recession.

Retirement?s Other Side: Addressing the Emotional Consequences

Part two of a two-part column on retirement planning at colleges and universities

Prepping Employees for Their Golden Years

Part one of a two-part column on retirement planning at colleges and universities
 

Bad Habits on Campus

How to deal with staff and faculty who are addicts
 

DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE secretary who fell asleep at work, facedown on her computer keyboard? Or maybe you heard about the employee who broke down crying in his manager's office, admitting that he needed help for a problem he had been hiding for months-his addiction to alcohol. 

Wellness Program Checkup

Determining the return-on-investment for programs meant to keep employees fit and healthy
 

SINCE WELLNESS PROGRAMS were introduced to the workplace more than 30 years ago, colleges and universities have offered employees a variety of free health perks and programs ranging from weight loss coaches and gym memberships to self-help classes.

Safe and Sound

<em>The role of HR in enhancing campus safety</em>

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