Thank you for reading the HR Advisor Newsletter! This month we go over three ways HR makes employment more profitable, explain the advantages of skill-based training, and review the importance of accommodating pregnant employees.
The Three Ways HR Makes Employment More Profitable
HR covers a lot of territory—much of it cluttered with paperwork—but it really does have a precise business purpose. The point of HR is to make employment more profitable. HR does this in three fundamental ways. First, HR protects the organization against employment-related lawsuits and fines. Second, it reduces the costs of employment. And third, it maximizes employee productivity. In short, HR helps the employer save money and make money in all things related to employment.
The Advantages of Skill-Based Training
Often, when employers hear about on-the-job training, the training pertains either to general knowledge or to policies and procedures that are unique to the company. Skill-based training is somewhat different—it focuses on how to do something specific and results in a learned skill that can be put to immediate use. Here are some examples of skill-based training:
SHRM Conference in Las Vegas
We sent some of our HR Pros to this year’s annual Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) conference in Las Vegas. The group learned about the latest news and trends in the HR world and has brought back their learnings to the whole team. We’re discussing these takeaways now and will be ready to share the key things we learned with you in the August HR Advisor Newsletter. Look for our report next month!
Accommodating Pregnant Employees
Let’s imagine a situation. Wendy, who’s been on the job for only four months, informs her employer that she’s pregnant. She requests light duty and asks if temporary leave is an option.
Instead of accommodating Wendy, the employer terminates her employment, explaining to her that her employment is at-will and that they don’t have the staff to modify her duties or cover her responsibilities while she’s away on leave. They remind her that during her job interview, they asked if she had plans to become pregnant and she had said no.
Then her manager makes a point of highlighting instances in which her job performance was less than satisfactory – an assessment they had not, up till then, given to her.
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