Human Resource Knuggets

Jun 11, 2024

Dear HR Professionals,

In today’s newsletter, we will explore three key themes that are shaping the landscape of human resource management – employee rights and entitlements, inclusive workplace practices, and effective onboarding strategies. These themes are crucial for organizations to understand and implement in order to create a positive and inclusive work environment while also ensuring legal compliance and employee satisfaction.

The first theme revolves around employee rights and entitlements, as evidenced by the case of the account manager who was denied the opportunity to return to work after maternity leave and accused of “making up” payments she was owed. This highlights the importance of organizations adhering to maternity entitlements and ensuring fair treatment of employees returning from leave. It also emphasizes the need for businesses to prioritize the well-being and rights of their employees, as neglecting these aspects can lead to legal repercussions and financial liabilities, as seen in the case where the business was ordered to pay £37k in compensation.

The second theme focuses on inclusive workplace practices, particularly in relation to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). The article on the backlash against workplace DEI initiatives underscores the ongoing importance of prioritizing diversity and inclusivity in the workplace. As HR professionals, it is essential to advocate for and implement policies and practices that promote a diverse and inclusive work environment, as this not only fosters a positive company culture, but also has a direct impact on recruiting, hiring, and retention.

Lastly, effective onboarding strategies are critical for ensuring employee satisfaction and long-term retention. The case of Jill, who left her job just a few months after a positive onboarding experience, highlights the need for comprehensive onboarding programs that extend beyond orientation and provide a clear path for new employees to become confident and contributing members of the organization. Implementing a 7-step, 180-day onboarding framework can set the stage for building long-term relationships, inspiring loyalty, and improving retention.

In conclusion, it is evident that prioritizing employee rights and entitlements, embracing inclusive workplace practices, and implementing effective onboarding strategies are essential for modern HR management. By focusing on these themes, organizations can create a strategic and effective approach to human resource management that not only ensures legal compliance and employee satisfaction, but also fosters a positive and inclusive work environment.


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1. Employee rights and entitlements – Ensuring fair treatment of employees returning from leave and adhering to maternity entitlements.

2. Inclusive workplace practices – Advocating for and implementing policies and practices that promote diversity and inclusivity in the workplace.

3. Effective onboarding strategies – Implementing comprehensive onboarding programs to improve employee retention and satisfaction.

Email Sources:

1. “Account manager ‘not permitted to return to work’ after maternity leave and accused of ‘making up’ payments she was owed awarded £37k by tribunal” –

2. “Court: Health plans can’t exclude transgender healthcare” –

3. “Great first day -> gone in 6 months” –

4. “June 10 – Walmart boosts employee bonuses | Judge reverses service dog decisions” –

5. “June 10 – 7 stats on how inflation and AI are shaping employee” – [Sender not available]

Stay Well!