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Employee Recognition That's Not Costly

Employee Recognition That’s Not Costly

Employee recognition is the practice of expressing thankfulness to staff for excellent performance. The goal of employee recognition is to encourage and reinforce productive performance. Which, in turn, increases business productivity and performance. Often, leaders and employers don’t provide as much as workers would like. This is because employers and leaders often feel the recognition …

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A Change in Pronouns and Gender Identity

Today’s blog, by Leah Knibbs, is about pronouns and gender identity.  One of the cool things about being in a profession for a long time is the changes you see over time. Sometimes these changes are hard-fought and contentious to adapt. Sometimes after the hard-fought change, many little changes occur. These little changes solidify our …

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Organizational Review or Design

Case Study – Organizational Review or Design

Organizational Structure Organizations often wonder if their structure is right for the work of the organization.  The organizational structure must support how you want to do business. Not only does the structure need to be right for the work, but also the culture and achieving the strategic direction.  Organizations will ask Kn/a HR to review …

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Respectful Workplace Policy – Now is the Time to Get One!

If you don’t already have a Respectful Workplace Policy … now is the time to implement one. The world is changing.  Showing respect, patience and understanding for others is more important now, than ever before.  The pandemic has challenged us in ways many generations have never been challenged before.  For example, we have all seen …

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Working From Home

Are We On the Cusp of a New “New Workplace”?

The Empty Downtown Within days, downtown offices in many cities around the world turned to ghost towns. Workers were asked to stay home to “flatten the curve.” Most service-oriented businesses, serving the downtown office crowd, were either ordered to close their doors, or voluntarily shut down because there’s no one to serve. Organizations that took …

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Role Clarity

Kn/a HR Consulting Case Study – The Importance Of Role Clarity

Often we get calls about organizations needing job descriptions.  Job descriptions are a useful tool, but are a means to an end, the end being a common understanding about roles and responsibilities and it all boils down to the importance of role clarity.  Job descriptions are documents that are important for many things, but the …

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Kn/a HR Case Study - Joint Union and Management Wage Study

Kn/a HR Case Study – Joint Union and Management Wage Study

Employers and employees (employee groups and/or unions) want to ensure that wages are fair. Fair can be defined a number of ways, most often fair means as the wages relate to the market. When we say a job is being paid fair in relation to market, we need to consider two parts – “who” and …

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JOB evaluation PLAN RENEWALS

Kna/HR Consulting Case Study – Job Evaluation Plans

During the 1990s and 2000s, many organizations developed job evaluation plans (JEP). Job evaluation plans determine what pay to assign to a position within an organization.  Job evaluation plans would rate the job’s responsibility, skill, working conditions, and effort. Once rated, the job would be assigned a numerical value. The job’s numerical value would then …

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Employee upset when facing workplace harrassment

Steps For an Employee to Take When Dealing With Workplace Harassment

The Steps For an Employee to Take if They Feel They Have Been Harassed As an employee, you are entitled to a safe workplace, one that is free of harassment.  Your employer is legally required to provide you with this safe and harassment-free workplace. If you feel you have been harassed at work, there are …

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