| Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
"In yesterday’s Advisor, we covered Consultant Jennifer Barton, SPHR’s tips for maximizing your total rewards program. Today, we discuss what you can do to make it more effective."
Start by taking a talent inventory, says Barton, who is chief operating officer of Willis North America Human Capital Practice. She made her suggestions at the recent SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition in Orlando. You might start by populating a chart such as this, she says:
| Friday, August 15th, 2014
"A colleague shared with me an article published recently in The New York Times Sunday Review. In addition to the fact that the article had been recommended, its title, “The Secret of Effective Motivation,” was certainly enough to get me to read it. Who in management doesn’t want to know the “secret” of effective motivation?"
The article’s authors—Amy Wrzesniewski, a professor of organizational behavior, and Barry Schwartz, a professor of psychology—had conducted a study about motivation. According to them, there are two types of motivation: internal and instrumental. Internal motivation, as you would guess, comes from within. People are motivated to do something based on the feeling of satisfaction they derive simply from doing it. They’re the employees who come to work every day because they simply love what they do.
| Thursday, August 14th, 2014
"In yesterday’s Advisor, we covered several tricky aspects of pregnancy discrimination as clarified in recent guidance issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC); today, more about pregnancy policies."
[Go here for the first part of the discussion on pregnancy discrimination]
May an employer require a pregnant employee who is able to perform her job to take leave at any point in her pregnancy or after childbirth?
| Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
"“Pregnant women shouldn’t be stressed.” “Pregnant employees should take leave their last month.” “Pregnant employees shouldn’t travel.” Pregnancy discrimination is often motivated by concern (or chauvinism). In fact, though, those attitudes are discriminatory. And the plot thickens if a disability or FMLA leave is involved. EEOC’s recent guidance helps employers figure out where they stand."
On July 14 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued enforcement guidance on pregnancy discrimination accompanied by an extensive and practical Q&A. The new guidance, the first to address pregnancy discrimination since 1983, focuses on how the 2008 amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may apply to employees with pregnancy-related disabilities.