HR White Papers

White Papers from leading HR experts provide great insight and research on timely relevant HR topics.

Why Paralegals Should Understand the Ethical Responsibilities of Attorneys

January 24, 2018

Paralegals should know about all of the legal and ethical responsibilities that attorneys have. They play a major role in the legal field in whatever responsibility a lawyer may give them. Understanding their attorney’s ethical responsibilities and limitations helps paralegals go through their career without any problems or major legal issues. This also minimizes any legal liability that they may have from improper practices. There are many important reasons why paralegals are obliged to know what an attorney’s job is all about, and they are outlined in this white paper. Learning Objectives - Review ethical responsibilities of attorneys. - Understand how paralegals can help their attorneys. - Determine the paralegal's extent of responsibilities. - Identify how paralegals should be represented to clients and the court.

How Retained Logic, Actual Dates, and Progress Override Deal With Out-of-Sequence Progress

January 24, 2018

Look at an issue that may arise when you are either preparing or reviewing a schedule update. In particular, we’re going to look at how your scheduling software may address “out-of-sequence” progress. In construction scheduling, “out-of-sequence” progress occurs when activities begin, progress, and finish earlier than expected (based on the logic and activity durations in the latest schedule). Oracle’s Primavera P6 Project Management (P6) scheduling software provides users with three different options with which to handle out-of-sequence progress. Download this white paper for details on these scheduling options.

Annuities and Life Insurance

January 8, 2018

Why do they get a bad rap? Because commercial products sold to the general public lack net return on investment, due to costs, fees and varied returns, annuities and life insurance have earned a bad rap. Read this white paper to see how these can play a positive part in your tax planning strategy.

Alternatives to the Traditional Performance Review and How to Implement Them

December 27, 2017

The best performance reviews allow managers and human resource professionals to communicate through the sharing of ideas, opinions and information. There are several problems with traditional performance reviews. In traditional performance reviews, managers often tell the employee how they measure up and assume that they both perceive the employee’s job the same way. This assumption may lead to miscommunication of job duties and how it relates to good performance. While traditional performance reviews are usually effective at separating excellent employees and very poor employees, these types of reviews don’t differentiate well among the vast middle ground. For a more balanced and complete view of an employee’s performance, alternative methods provide a more balanced approach. Learning Objectives - Review alternatives to traditional performance reviews. - Identify types of employees who benefit from alternative performance reviews. - Learn how to get buy-in from decision makers. - Determine how to transition to the alternative performance review.

10 Proofreading Tips for Error-Free Writing

August 31, 2017

Scanning a document is not enough; the eye and the mind can both be very easily fooled into thinking that a mistake is correct, especially if you have not had the time to rest before you begin the proofreading process. God forbid you be asked to type up a marketing report or dictate a budget or tax document and misplace a decimal point without catching it during the proofreading process! The outstanding administrative assistant exercises a very precise and human touch over the materials that he or she produces in order to make sure that they are truly error free. This white paper contains 10 tips to aid the admin in this endeavor. Learn: How getting away from technology can aid in proofreading How to focus on one type of error at a time How to read the document mechanically

Rent Escalation and Common Area Maintenance Clauses in Commercial Leases

August 15, 2017

Make sure you understand what net and gross actually means in your lease. Operating expense provisions are some of the most heavily negotiated sections in commercial leases. These provisions obligate the tenant to pay a defined share of certain defined costs of operating the building or center. This article will explore some of the key issues in negotiating and enforcing operating expense provisions in leases.

10 Ways to Use Smartphones to Improve Workplace Efficiency

June 30, 2017

For those looking to increase the efficiency of their entire office, generally via an administrative assistant position or one of office management, the tools and capabilities of today's smartphones are virtually limitless. Even so, there are ten particular ways that smartphones can dramatically improve office efficiency, building on years of progress that was originally made by office workstations and personal computers. Before assuming that these devices are only as good as their phone and text messaging applications, consider the following major advancements in smartphone technology and office efficiency that are transforming workspaces around the world. Learning Objectives - Why sometimes the best workplace isn't the workplace - About the advancements in smartphone technology in recent years - 10 ways to use smartphones to become more efficient in the workplace

Paying Bonuses to Non-Exempt Employees: Avoiding Class-Wide Overtime Violations

June 27, 2017

Nonexempt employees must receive overtime pay based on their hourly wage. How do bonuses fit in? The law states that employers have to pay their employees overtime based on their hourly wage. Not all employers are aware of the requirement that overtime premiums could also be required to be paid on supplement compensation as well. Bonuses are a common example.

What’s Preventing You From Having an Energy Audit?

May 18, 2017

Energy audits are one of the best ways to discover money-saving opportunities in an existing building. A commercial or industrial energy audit, also called an energy analysis, will identify how much energy a building uses, how efficiently it uses that energy, and where changes and improvements can be made that will impact both the occupant comfort and the bottom line. If you have ever wondered whether an energy audit of your office building, industrial park, school, or hospital would be worthwhile, the answer is emphatically YES.

5 Exercises For Overcoming Shyness in New Situations

April 13, 2017

Does the idea of starting a conversation with a stranger terrify you? You can overcome that fear with a little practice. If you get a lump in your throat every time you enter a room full of strangers, don't worry. You are not alone. New situations where you don't know a soul is scary, and introducing yourself to a complete stranger feels a lot like public speaking. Public speaking is the number one fear of most people - above even death! But you can overcome your shyness (without facing death) by using these five exercises. Melanie Hope is the owner of Hope Speaking LLC, a Partner of SPiTshine Presentation Training, and a professional copywriter and editor. She has travelled 43 states and 4 continents conducting seminars and workshops to both private and public enterprises. Ms. Hope has written five books about networking/marketing, leadership/communications, and writing/publishing; and is the author of multiple e-books on writing and goalsetting.