Overview: Undesirable employee turnover continues to be an unwelcome specter to organizational viability. The loss of valuable, or potentially valuable, employees harms a business's bottom line. Employers should invest in employee training and development through a number of initiatives that help hone employee performance and improve employee retention. These initiatives should include comprehensive training programs, varied career development options and effective performance appraisal systems.
Employee motivation drives employee engagement, which in turn drives employee development. Organizations should renew focus on nurturing employee growth, especially by tapping into the various competencies and talents that make diverse employees succeed.
Trends: Given current economic conditions, many employees, supervisors and managers have had to develop different competencies and areas of expertise in order to: (i) accomplish organizational goals in a downsized workplace; or (ii) remain attractive and in demand in a competitive marketplace.
Author: Marta Moakley, JD, Legal Editor
Updated to reflect performance improvement plan provisions under the Seattle Secure Scheduling Ordinance, effective July 1, 2017.
Updated to reflect law limiting an employee's criminal history information as evidence against an employer, effective July 1, 2017.
Updated to reflect law protecting employers from negligent hiring and employment claims, effective July 1, 2017.
Updated to include forthcoming amendments to sexual harassment training law.
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This Worked Example illustrates how HR may measure the return on investment (ROI) of a sexual harassment prevention program.
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The US Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a final rule that updates equal employment opportunity (EEO) requirements with respect to apprenticeships. Current protections are expanded to include disability, age, genetic information and sexual orientation.
This briefing for supervisors examines the law and best practices for managing issues related to employees seeking family military leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
HR guidance on the legal risks and benefits of employee training and development. Support on fully developing workers through means such as training.