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PHR/SPHR: Professional in Human Resources Certification Study Guide

by Sandra M Reed and Anne M. Bogardus
The Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) exams from the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) reflect the evolving industry standards for determining competence in the field of HR. Serving as an ideal resource for HR professionals who are seeking to validate their skills and knowledge.
This new edition is must-have preparation for those looking to take the PHR or SPHR certification exams in order to strengthen their resume.
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PHR Study Guide 2017

PHR Study Guide 2019-2020: PHR Certification Test Prep and Practice Questions for the Professional in Human Resources Exam

Think all PHR/SPHR study guides are the same? Think again! With easy to understand lessons and practice test questions designed to maximize your score, you'll be ready.
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Corporate Communication

Corporate Communication: A Guide to Theory and Practice

by Joep P. Cornelissen
  Academically grounded, it covers the key concepts, principles and models within corporate communication by bringing together academic knowledge and insights from the subject areas of management and communication
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How to Reduce Overtime in Your Business

February 26 2020 - For many managers, overtime is something that becomes very expensive, and it's also not altogether good for the health or happiness of your employees. When it comes to human resources, you will find there are far fewer problems if overtime is not such a big part of your company culture. If overtime is already starting to cost you, or it is causing issues for your employees, then here are some ways it can be reduced.

See Overtime as The Exception

One of the main reasons that overtime starts to become problematic is that it can often be something expected. This is not a good way to look at things; firstly, it costs the business money, and secondly, it means that employees are working far more than they should.

A little overtime now and then is not a problem and can be a good boost to an employee's salary. However, when it happens every week or every day, it is something that needs to be dealt with. Treating overtime as the exception rather than the rule, only taken on when there is no other choice, will make it much easier to cope with for everyone.

Hire the Right People

If you constantly must ask your employees to work overtime, then there is something wrong within the company. If you have the right employees who are working hard and doing what you are paying them to do, then overtime shouldn't be necessary - at least not regularly.

Having good workers means that they shouldn't have to work longer hours and that all the work you need doing is done during the working day. If this is not happening, then there are some options you can investigate, including:

  • Hiring more staff
  • Giving your current staff training
  • Outsourcing work
Any of these options can be less expensive than regular overtime. If you use an HRIS (human resources information system), you can make sure that the right people are working in the right departments, and you'll know immediately where additional help is required.

Have the Right Resources

Of course, it might not be the people that need to work smarter rather than harder; it might be that you haven't provided them with the correct resources and equipment which means that cannot do their jobs most productively, causing things to slow down and overtime to be needed to catch up.

Making sure that your employees have all the tools they need to do their job in the best way is crucial. It will speed up production, make your staff happier, and reduce overtime costs. Even if the tools and resources cost your business money, to begin with, they will pay for themselves in the end, whereas overtime is a cost that does not stop.


Training has been briefly mentioned above, but lack of training can be a big reason for a business having to pay out a lot in overtime. Training your staff correctly to do the work you want them to do is important; they will work more efficiently and competently. However, you can also cross-train other staff so that, eventually, everyone knows at least a little of everyone else's role.

This is useful because it means if someone is sick or on vacation, the work can still be covered during normal working hours.

Successful Onboarding

Successful Onboarding: Strategies to Unlock Hidden Value Within Your Organization

Mark Stein and Lilith Christiansen
  Fact: 1/3rd of all external hires are no longer with the organization after 2 years. What can you do about it? In a word: onboarding; although poorly understood, subject to narrow definitions, and with limited best practice understanding or management rigor. Consultants Mark Stein & Lilith Christiansen have worked with leading companies on it, and they've synthesized their work into a ready to use system.
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The HR Answer Book

The HR Answer Book: An Indispensable Guide for Managers and Human Resources Professionals

by Shawn A. Smith, Rebecca A. Mazin
  The HR Answer Book addresses 200 questions that every employer needs to deal with, from recruiting and hiring to discipline and termination, compensation and benefits to training and employee relations. Accessible and concise, this on-the-job companion offers expert guidance on all types of "people" issues.
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