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Name: Jasmine Stukes

Date of Report: January 21, 2011

HRM topic covered by item: Healthcare

Source of item: Conlin, Michelle, Healthcare: Human Resource Target Your Family, BusinessWeek, January 21, 2011

Summary of item: This article is about corporate companies becoming interested is healthcare beyond coverage. Now companies are offering information about healthcare in the home and ways families can take care of themselves. They are offering incentives on families who take an initiative in eating healthier and exercising. Some companies are offering cash other companies are offering other incentives. For example companies like Aetna are offering families $1,200 monthly for cooperating in the program. Companies like JP Morgan Chase, IBM, and Dell are also offering the program. These companies believe that families who eat healthier and exercise save them money on health care coverage. It is estimated that the medical cost fall approximately $3.27.

Why this item caught your interest? This item caught my eye because I realize how hard it is to find a career that has good healthcare coverage these days. Maybe with these programs and the savings healthcare coverage will be better.

What did you learn from it? I learned about the program and so far it is successful. One family in the article was a single mom and her daughter; the mom actually lost weight just by changing her diet and eating habits. They even went as far to cut watching television during the week. They earned $250 each by participating in the program. The other family was a two parent home with children and the children started having competition on who can eat the most fruit. They earned $1200 as a whole. This program really seems to be successful and is bringing families closer together.

http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/10_05/b4165067423261.htm

10 Comments

  1. Your Name: Joseph Schiavone

    Date of Report: 12/10/2012

    HRM Topic covered by the item: Flexible workplaces and micromanaging

    Source of the item (give full reference): Schappel, Chris,“Flexible workplace found to offer 7 health benefits”, HR Morning.com. http://www.hrmorning.com/flexible-workplace-found-to-offer-7-health-benefits/.

    A summary of the item (approximately 100 words):

    This article presented results from a study in which 608 individuals were allowed to make their own schedule, spend as many hours in the office as they felt necessary and work from home as they pleased. This study was motivated by other recent research that suggests strict time commitments and rigid schedules actually harm not only the individual's health but their productivity as well. The study first found that the individuals slept on average 52 more minutes per night, which also increased their energy and productivity during the workday. The study also found that the increased sense of control helped to diminish conflicts between personal life and work. For example, an employee would not have to take a full day off simply because they had a doctor's appointment in the morning. Lastly, the participants reported better overall health, which the researchers suggest translates into higher productivity.

    Why this item caught your interest

    This caught my interest because I consider myself to be a person that works on my own schedule. In fact, I get most of my own work done late at night (2-4 a.m.). I would be interested to see if similar studies arise confirming or refuting the results of this study. Furthermore, if research continues to sing the praises of a flexible work day, I would be interested to see how quickly white-collar corporations would adopt such a policy.

    What did you learn from it (approximately 50 words)?

    In other reading I became aware of increasing workplace flexibility (for example, Google has nap rooms in some of their offices). However, this is the first quantitative report I have seen that isolated a number of individual and conducted a study en-vivo. The fact that researchers are beginning to conduct empirical work in the area of flexible workplace suggests that the idea of allowing responsible employees to make their own schedule and have minimal requirements outside of completing their required tasks is gaining support.

    1. Good article.  Another study that favors flextime.

      (I do not know why the date of submission is shown as Dec. 2012?

  2. Your Name: Ross Ramon

    Date of Report: 2.25.12

    Enlisting a Global Work Force of Freelancers

    Source of the item:

    PATTISON, KERMIT. "Enlisting a Global Work Force of Freelancers." The New York Times. The New York Times, 25 June 2009. Web. 25 Feb. 2012. <http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/25/business/smallbusiness/25freelance.html?ref=humanresources>.

     

    A summary of the item:

    The article I chose for this week’s current event highlighted the rise in freelance workers across the world and how companies (both small and large) have taken notice. The influx of qualified workers has a lot to do with the technology booms in the early 2000’s which is being compounded by the current state of the economy. Large companies and agencies that once staffed hundreds were forced to downsize their staff (with layoffs and outsourcing) in an effort to stay in business. Because of this, there is a significant rise in freelance talent that is presenting greater opportunities for businesses to use them as an experienced resource.   

    Why this item caught your interest:

    This article caught my interest because this is an area of the job force that I believe will always be out there. With the advancements in technologies, employees have the ability to set up shop in their homes (or anywhere) and still be able to crank out the workloads required by their contractors. When looking at this segment of the job market it is easy to understand that a company could more safely take a chance on a freelance employer who is looking to use their previous skills for a job. In a way it almost seems like this segment has a bit more appeal than an inexperienced candidate.

     What did you learn from it:

    At the company where I work at we actually contract a lot of specialized freelance employees to help fulfill and overflow of work that we do not feel we can accomplish within a reasonable time period. Although there is some initial training and catch up that needs to be done on the part of our company, there is also a feeling of comfort knowing that we have an experienced worker handling this project. Because of this I feel that all people should consider looking at freelance employees should your company need help completing tasks. They may be considered the modern day nomads, but there experience makes them a valid option.

  3. Ali Hill

    February 25, 2012

    Hiring the Right People

    Edmunds, Gladys. “Entrepreneurs, stick to a system when hiring.” August 9, 2011. Retrieved from http://www.usatoday.com/money/smallbusiness/columnist/edmunds/2011-08-09-establish-a-system-for-hiring_n.htm

    This article is about how important it is to choose employees carefully in order to save time and money by not having to repeat the process numerous times trying to find a good fit. It explains that although good personal judgment is useful, it needs to be paired with other selection techniques in order to be effective. The author gives many examples of how using only good judgment has led to making very bad decisions not only in the hiring process but in the medical and legal fields as well. The author goes on to explain that employers should utilize selection tests, explain advantages and liabilities of the position, and specify the requirements of the position to ensure a smooth and beneficial hiring process.

    I thought this article was interesting because it coincides with what our lesson was about this week. Certain measures (i.e. selection tests, etc.) need to be taken during the selection process to make sure that you choose a quality employee that is going to fit in your organization.

    This article put a lot in prospective for it. It had a really good example (the author’s personal example) of how good judgment can go bad. I learned that, like the weeks lesson explained, that selection tests and other screening processes are a necessity when choosing a candidate for employment.

  4. Ashley Young

    February 26, 2012

    Topic- Employment testing finds the right fit for the job

    Source- The Vancouver Sun- http://www.vancouversun.com/jobs/Employment+testing+finds+right/6209522/story.html

    A summary of the item (approximately 100 words)

    This article summarizes the outcome of using employment testing to find the best employee that will meet all of the job requirements. Most employees aren’t completely comfortable when they are asked to complete employment testing, but it has found that utilizing these tests is very helpful to employers. Employment testing not improves the employee hiring selection, but it can also be used to retain and promote worthy employees. The tests that are administered should be standardized and test the applicants personality, cognitive abilities, technical skills, and job-related skills. Standardized tests are used in employment testing because they have been proven to accurately predict performance, achievement, and personality.

    Why this item caught your interest

    This article caught my interest because I have never experienced employment testing. I didn’t think that a lot of employers were using employment testing and I wanted to know why these tests are a good method to use when hiring or promoting an employee.

    What did you learn from it (approximately 50 words)?

    After reading this article I learned that many employers are under the impression that employment testing is expensive, however, they fail to realize that hiring failures can be even more costly than the tests. I also learned that if I’m ever in a position to take part in employment testing, I can prepare by asking what tests will be used and requesting feedback.

  5. Rene Fuentes

    February 25, 2012

    Reasons Why Your HR Program May Not Be Working

    Moff, David. “Top 11 Reasons Your HR Program May Not Be Working”. Bizjournals.  24 February 2012. Web.< http://www.bizjournals.com/triad/print-edition/2012/02/24/top-11-reasons-your-hr-program-may-not.html>

    This article summarizes many of the reasons why small to medium sized businesses may have an ineffective HR department. Many if the activities surrounding an HR department may not contribute positively to a company’s bottom line and can sometimes become a liability. The argument is made that a successful HR program needs to receive the same attention and priorities as sales, marketing, finance, operations, and logistics. One of the biggest challenges for a company is deciding how to administer their HR department, whether it is in-house or outsourced. Whichever path they take, it must prove to be a positive contributor to the bottom line. A company can do this by ensuring that they have structured compensation and review programs that help their employees and management.

    This article caught my interest because I have in the past worked for some companies that have had problems with their HR departments. Specifically, It seemed that there were no standard order of procedures put in place for some occasions and that some rules were made up as they went along. These are some of the things that would need to be avoided if HR is to work properly for everyone.

    After reading this article, it is becoming clearer that the role of HR Is becoming more prominent in business and quite often is given the same priority as other departments. Companies can no longer afford to pay little or no attention to HR and cannot delegate such an important responsibility to someone with little to know knowledge.

  6. Dave Herrbach

    February 23, 2012

    21 Workplace Benefits That are Rapidly Disappearing

    Brandon, Emily. "21 Workplace Benefits That are Rapidly Disappearing". iHaveNet.com. 26 February 2012. Web. <http://www.ihavenet.com/Career-Workplace-Benefits-That-Are-Rapidly-Disappearing-EB.html>

    This article discusses how rapid workplace benefits employees have become accustom to having are being cut. Everything from traditional pension plans to paid family leave and even the company picnic are being cut and according to a recent survey by the Society for Human Resource Management, 77% of the 600 human resource professionals surveyed indicated that company benefits were being impacted by the slow pace of the economic recovery. According to Mark Schmidt, the research director for the Society for Human Resource Management in Alexandria, Va., "the two biggest areas where cuts have come have been in health care and retirement because that's where costs have increased the most." Retiree health care coverage, long-term care insurance, paid family leave, adoption assistance, professional development opportunities, inventive bonus plans, legal assistance, sports team sponsorships, and even inventive bonus plans are being cut.

    The article caught my interest in that it discusses how the landscape is changing and with it, how we are going to change, and how human resource professionals are going to change in both overseeing current employees and how they go about recruiting. Workplace benefits are often selling perks that could be used to recruit or hire someone and with these diminishing, others will have to be used until hopefully some that have been lost return.

    The article reminds me about have adaptive human resource departments and professionals are going to have to be with where our economy is presently as the cut of workplace benefits will certainly impact how they go about doing certain HR related functions.

    Dave

  7. Name: Jasmine Stukes
    Date of Report: January 21, 2011
    HRM topic covered by item: Healthcare
    Source of item: Conlin, Michelle, Healthcare: Human Resource Target Your Family, BusinessWeek, January 21, 2011
    Summary of item: This article is about corporate companies becoming interested is healthcare beyond coverage. Now companies are offering information about healthcare in the home and ways families can take care of themselves. They are offering incentives on families who take an initiative in eating healthier and exercising. Some companies are offering cash other companies are offering other incentives. For example companies like Aetna are offering families $1,200 monthly for cooperating in the program. Companies like JP Morgan Chase, IBM, and Dell are also offering the program. These companies believe that families who eat healthier and exercise save them money on health care coverage. It is estimated that the medical cost fall approximately $3.27.
    Why this item caught your interest? This item caught my eye because I realize how hard it is to find a career that has good healthcare coverage these days. Maybe with these programs and the savings healthcare coverage will be better.
    What did you learn from it? I learned about the program and so far it is successful. One family in the article was a single mom and her daughter; the mom actually lost weight just by changing her diet and eating habits. They even went as far to cut watching television during the week. They earned $250 each by participating in the program. The other family was a two parent home with children and the children started having competition on who can eat the most fruit. They earned $1200 as a whole. This program really seems to be successful and is bringing families closer together.
    Jessica Suarez

    Feb. 26, 2012

    HRM topic covered by item: Ethical issues at the workplace

    Source of item :BusinessWeek, Raising Ethical Issues at Work

    Summary:

    This article is about how to deal with ethical issues within the work environment. It explains what people should do if they believe they are being discriminated based on an ethical issue. Then, the article explains each step that an employee should take to address the ethical issue at hand in the work environment. For example, the first step is realizing the dilemma at work. The next step is to address the dilemma artwork like any other business decision. The third step would be to address the dilemma. Lastly, try to play the psychiatrists and listen to what the other party has to say.  

    This article caught my interest because I just started a new internship and didn't know what is to be expected in the workplace.I am very nervous of what is accepted when joking around with the other employees and what I should be aware of. 

    I learned from this article is how to handle certain situations in the work place, especially ethical issues. As I mentioned earlier, I am starting a new job, which leaves me with many questions on how I should behave in the workplace. This article teaches me how I can behave and what is acceptable for certain behaviors. Also, it explains four steps that I can use if I am placed in a situation that an ethical issue is brought up. I can use these four steps and make the workplace a better place.  

    http://www.businessweek.com/managing/content/feb2010/ca20100223_354669.htm

  8. Dimitri Samaras

    MGMT341

    2/26/12

    Lesson 4 Activity: HR Topic: Would Your Business Be Better Without Employees?

    Source: http://boss.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/07/would-your-business-be-better-without-employees/?ref=humanresources

    Summary: This article talks about if your business would be better without employees. It first starts out talking about how employees. First they say that employees can be a liability by causing problems with customers, stealing, breaking things, suing you or doing something that gets you in trouble with a regulatory agency, employees can be trouble. In the end though it goes on about how employees are a very valuable part of your company.

    Why this article caught my interest/ What did you learn from it:

    I find this article to be very interesting because I worked for my brother for several years now and seeing the employees he has had come and go is very interesting. You do have the bad ones that steal but I feel if you interview and find the right employees that they are very valuable. One things get done and they get done faster. That isn’t the only thing though they provide a new mind that helps your expand and grow your company.

  9. I found your article (4/18).  My comments would have been: Please edit your work before submission.  Full reference includes name of authors, etc.  You need to select articles with more substance or need to include more material in your summary.