A strong initial salary offer to a prospective employee might prevent a counteroffer and makes the person feel valued, says Andrew Challenger of Challenger, Gray & Christmas. Benefits such as flexible scheduling, telecommuting and stock options also help candidates feel "like they are winning in the salary negotiation," Challenger says.
Employee relations manager is a role that companies should consider as HR takes on a bigger business role, writes Jason Brannan, who leads strategic and operational HR at North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. "You can't be an effective partner unless you understand the employee relations side of things -- you can be as strategic as you like, but this must be understood to be effective," he writes.
Employees can encourage diversity in the workplace by engaging other employees in nonwork-related discussions, Frans Johansson writes. His other tips to make the office more inclusive include allowing others to run meetings and asking new people for their insight on ideas.
College and university boards should urge presidents to be available to talk with students about free-speech issues on campus and initiate those conversations more often, according to a report from the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. The report also encourages boards to be well-informed about First Amendment rights and ensure that policies are clear around issues of free speech on campus.
Artificial intelligence will play a bigger role in recruitment without entirely displacing humans, predicts Kevin Wheeler, president of the Future of Talent Institute. "AI will transform recruiting from largely a transactional function -- scheduling, interviewing, clerical routine stuff -- into something that truly adds value to the company," he says.
HR executives discuss the various technologies and portals they're using to coordinate benefits. "The better the portal is, and the more user friendly and flexible it can be for the employer, the more it allows them to be more creative with what they offer employees," says Kristy Loomis, vice president of HR at Great Expressions Dental Centers.
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