Resources for Hiring Managers
Below are resources to help hiring managers attract and retain high-caliber legal employees.
Managing and Motivating Employees
Employee Benefit Research Center
Many questions regarding employee benefits can be answered via this site – which is a free service of the Employee Benefit Research Institute, a nonpartisan, nonprofit public policy research organization based in Washington, D.C. EBRI has been researching employee benefit issues for almost 25 years. Founded in 1978, its mission is to contribute to, encourage, and enhance the development of sound employee benefit programs and sound public policy through objective research and education. EBRI does not lobby and does not take positions on legislative proposals.
Research Reports from the Family and Work Institute
Using the FWI’s annual “National Study of Employers,” companies can see exactly how their personnel policies measure-up to those of other employers. In addition, this highly-regarded non-profit group also offers reports that directly address age and gender in the workplace, increasing productivity, workplace flexibility and much more. All the reports are free, and most are cited in the media on a regular basis.
HR Survey Results
Via this page on the World at Work Web site, employers can see summaries of the latest studies regarding compensation, diversity, work-life balance and more.
Legal Guidance from NOLO
The legal ramifications threatening most employee-management issues can be tricky to navigate. But NOLO can help. NOLO is the nation's oldest and most respected provider of legal information. Since 1971, Nolo has offered affordable, plain-English books, forms and software on a wide range of issues regarding human resources, employment, intellectual property and running a small business. Plus, the site offers a wealth of free articles on all these subjects, as well.
Corporate Strength Training from Marcus Buckingham
Marcus Buckingham shows companies how to determine the individual strengths of each employee, then use that knowledge to make the entire organization more effective. Marcus is the author of three books on the subject, and he offers his strength training to companies and individuals throughout the U.S. and across the globe. Marcus has been the subject of in-depth profiles in The New York Times, Fortune, Fast Company, Harvard Business Review and USA Today, and he is routinely lauded by such corporations as Toyota, Coca-Cola, Master Foods, Wells Fargo and Disney as an invaluable resource in informing, challenging, mentoring and inspiring people to find their strengths and obtain and sustain personal success. Much of this site is devoted to his corporate training workshops, but it also offers links to purchase his books (books which train managers how to implement a strengths program).
International Human Resource Information Management (Association)
IHRIM’s mission is to be the leading professional resource for information, education, and solutions regarding personnel management. Formed in 1980, the association has since grown to become the “world’s leading clearinghouse for the HRIM (Human Resource Information Management) industry.”
Society for Human Resource Management
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest professional association devoted to human resource management. Its stated mission is “to serve the needs of HR professionals by providing the most current and comprehensive resources. Much of the content is available only to members, but the site does offer a regular round-up of the latest news regarding human resources, as well as a variety of free podcasts, white papers and articles.
Wall St. Journal Management Articles
Some of the best reporting about employee-management issues originates in this section of the Wall St. Journal. While much of the content is restricted to the Journal’s online subscribers, many of the articles are available to non-subscribers, as well.
Business Network Management Articles
Another excellent resource for employee-management learning is BNET, an online service of CBS Interactive. As the sites states: “At BNET, managers find practical, trusted resources for the business challenges they face every day.” Featured content includes daily industry news, management articles and insight, skills videos, as well as unlimited access to one of the largest databases of white papers, webcasts and case studies available online.
Facts and Figures
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Job-seekers wanting unbiased information about pay and benefits, employment projections and other related information can turn to the Bureau of Labor Statistics – the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government regarding labor economics and employment statistics.
This resource of resources has been a trustworthy source of facts and figures since 1995.
This site – which calls itself a gateway to the Internet – was developed in 1999 to help busy executives quickly locate the best online information resources. While that remains its focus today, job-seekers and hiring managers will find it extremely useful, as well. Sister sites include: WiredCEO, JournalistExpress, MDExpress, LawyerExpress and logisticsExpress.