IBM Joins the Shifting Talent-Management War
IBM is using its acquisition of Kenexa to enter the talent- management war just as it seems to be shifting to unified systems. Without a core HRMS, the new IBM Kenexa Talent Suite will go to market with some very flashy technology (including parts of Watson) and a distinctly modern notion of what "integrated" applications mean.
Is Obesity a Serious Medical Condition?
Question: Is obesity considered a serious medical condition under the Americans with Disabilities Act? Also, is it a condition that would have to provide a reasonable accommodation for? We have an employee who is morbidly obese, has asked for us to provide him with a bariatric sized chair (that costs a couple thousand dollars), and to place him in a ground floor office so that he does not have to take the stairs though we have very limited ground floor office space.
Mandatory Retirement Incentive Programs
Question: We are considering instituting a mandatory retirement incentive program at our company, but don't want to run afoul of the law in doing so. Can you please explain who we are permitted to include in a mandatory retirement program and who has to be excluded? We are in New York state.
Culture Change is in the Air
By Mark McGraw
A recent study finds 96 percent of respondents indicating their companies need some form of culture change. While culture may be difficult to define as a concept, experts say leaders -- including HR -- must still identify the critical behaviors they wish to see employees exhibit, and reward workers who exemplify those behaviors.
By Michael O'Brien/Talent-Management Columnist
Making the Most of an EVP
By Kecia Bal
Few companies are using employee-value propositions as a valuable tool for recruitment, retention, engagement and even financial growth, a new survey finds.