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PHR/SPHR

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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Improving Information Security in Your HR Department

February 23 2020 - When you consider the information security of a business, you immediately think of the IT department. With cyber-attacks and data breaches happening more than ever, your information security systems must be up to date. Out of all the sectors of your business, the HR department houses some of the most sensitive data.

Hereís how you can work with your HR department to improve your IT security.

Get an IT security audit

The best way you can improve information security in your HR department is getting an IT security audit.†Smart.uk.com†offers free IT audits where they will look at your current infrastructure and identify how it can be improved. They are experts in cybersecurity and can spot any holes in your security system and help you put a plan in place to reduce risks.

Assess all your data

What data are you collecting?

After your IT security audit, youíll need to assess all the data that your HR department is collecting. Understanding the data youíre working with and what information is at risk will help you put the proper security measures into place. Data your HR department collects from your employees will include:

  • National Insurance numbers, including anyone who has gone through an interview process.
  • Contact details, such as phone number, home address, email, etc.
  • Bank account information
  • Criminal record checks
  • Medical records
  • Insurance documents

You will need to think about how long the HR team is keeping this information on file. Is it only while you employ them, or years after? Of course, there are legal reasons that require you to hold onto some of this information. Identify if there is any sensitive data that you are storing unnecessarily and consider removing it. Having that information sat there will do you no favours in the long run, especially if you have a security breach.

How are you storing data?

Once you understand all the data that your HR department is collecting, you should look at how they are storing it. Most businesses are switching to an entirely paperless system. While it is much more efficient, it also puts the information at risk.

Where is all the data being stored? Typically, businesses will store it in the cloud, so it is easy to access when needed. Online storage systems, such as DropBox, are commonly used for backing up information off the cloud. While itís imperative to have data backed up, it also means the information is in two places, thus doubling the risk. Some businesses also use external hard drives or flash drives to back up data, though it increases the chance it could be lost.

The most important thing to consider, regardless of how your storing data, is how secure it is. Is everything adequately password-protected? Who has access to this information?

Make sure that all your HR receives comprehensive training on information security. While they donít need to be IT experts, they will need to understand the sensitivity of the information they have access to. Knowing how to spot a virus, fake email addresses, and data breaches will help prevent them.




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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