must ahead of the curve to protect
the company and its employees.
Several health-care and insurance experts talked extensively
with attendees about Obamacare,
wage and benefits and employment
law, citing changes to laws and
regulations. Overall, the message is
this: You must stay engaged and in
tuned into labor laws and regulations, as well as health-care laws,
because they change weekly.
Day Two kicked off with
best practices for training and
development, which range from
partnering with local community
colleges for grants to help fulfill
a training need — at a lost cost or
for free — to in-store job fairs and
mentoring. But there was also discussion about aligning employee training with the company’s strategies.
“Are your training programs linked to your business
strategies?” asked McKenna, noting that there’s often
a disconnect between the two. He suggested that
once a strategy is established, work backwards on
how to achieve it, which will help determine the type
of training a company needs.
To help in recruiting, McKenna asked the group
to answer why a talented individual would want to
work for their company. Jobs that instill a sense of
purpose in a person’s life can be an overwhelming
differentiator in attracting and keeping top talent. He
also outlined key retention strategies, suggesting that
HR conduct a “stay” interview with long-tenured
employees to take their pulse on management and
the overall work environment.
Day Three wrapped up with succession plan-
ning, where many attendees shared that some type
of succession plan is in place in their organization,
although it’s not often articulated.
Also, many attendees felt that while
some up-and-coming team members
could take the place of top-level exec-
utives, their current capabilities are
more tactical than strategic. What’s
needed is someone in their company
with the continuing vision and ability
to take on the strategic plan.
More coverage of these human resources topics and others will appear
in future issues of NACS Magazine.
If you have an HR topic you’d like to
see us cover, contact Managing Editor
Chris Blasinsky at cblasinsky@
nacsonline.com. For more info about
the NACS HR Forum visit nacsonline.
Forum attendees talked about
everything from training & development, recruiting and succession
planning to pending legislation.
The definition of employee
handbook varied from
company to company.