Human Resources

HR and Higher Ed: Same Page or Different Books?

A focus on strategy in contributing to the school's mission is crucial for institutional HR officers.

Take a good look at your Human Resources department. What kind of grade does it deserve for helping your school achieve its key goals? At some schools, HR would barely pass, maybe even flunk.

Recruiting Staff with Creative Benefits

Faced with salary constraints or other recruitment challenges, HR leaders get resourceful about perks.

Thankful Encounters

In positively recognizing employees, it's the small things that count.

With bigger budgets and higher profits, corporate America sometimes outshines higher education in areas such as compensation. But here's one area where they're on even turf: creatively rewarding and recognizing employees.

To Test or Not to Test?

Institutions should consider expanding their drug-testing practices. Here's why.

Human Resources: Laying the Groundwork for Successors' Success

Don't let outgoing executives' knowledge leave campus when they do.

Universities and colleges go to great lengths to find secure systems to help protect their critical data or proprietary information. Yet, some of the most important information can walk through a campus' front gates without anyone batting an eye.

The Grass Isn't Always Greener

Pros and Cons of administrative outsourcing.

The most frequent out-sourced human resource functions at any college or university are usually payroll, employee assistance programs (EAP), and benefits administration. IHEs are certainly doing it, but at the end of the day, does outsourcing really save money?

To Tell the Truth

It's an institution's duty to ensure that new hires are who they say they are.

Think about all of the job candidates you've interviewed over the past several years. There's a very good chance that one-third of them lied on their resume.

Studies have shown that at least that percentage of job candidates exaggerate, embellish, or flat-out lie about their responsibilities, college degrees, and employment dates.

The Perfect Fit

Whether it's by growing their own leaders or getting outsiders to come in, institutions are finding ways to attract the best candidates for open positions.

Staff recruitment in high-er ed has become more competitive today, as schools compete to hire the best and brightest. Here's how institutions are making themselves attractive to both current and potential employees.

The Other Minority

As employers, colleges and universities must ask themselves if enough is being done to bring in and accommodate the developmentally and physically disabled.

Think "workplace diversity," and people of various races and ethnicities likely come to mind. But those with disabilities are a group not to be forgotten.

Reining in Health-Care Costs

A little creativity can go a long way in managing the health-care crisis.

Universities have been more creative recently in controlling rising health-care costs for faculty and staff members. It's a defensive move: Premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance have been rising dramatically--premiums went up 59 percent, or five times the rate of inflation, between 2000 and 2004, according to a Health Research and Educational Trust survey. Still, cost-saving options are available, from self-insurance plans to stronger wellness programs to giving employees the chance to have telephone consultations with health-care providers.