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Traditional benefits include life, retirement, health, and disability benefits. Non-traditional benefits include various types of life management benefits such as EAPs, child and elder care counseling and referral, etc. (see life management benefits). According to the US Chamber of Commerce, health insurance is the most expensive single benefit cost, accounting for about 20% of total benefits, or about $2,666 per employee on average. (as per a 1999 study.)
360-DEGREE APPRAISAL  look up translate image
Sometimes called multisource evaluation.Involves an individual being evaluated by their superiors, peers, subordinates and others (for example, customers).
ABSENTEEISM  look up translate image
Failure of employees to report to work when theyare scheduled to do so.
ABSENTEEISM POLICY  look up translate image
A policy about attendance requirements, scheduled and unscheduled time off, and measures for dealing with workplace absenteeism. Repeated absenteeism can lead to termination.

Scheduled time off: Excused absences from regular work hours scheduled in advance by an employee for such things as vacation, medical appointments, military service, jury duty, etc.

Unscheduled time off: Absence from work during regular work hours that was not scheduled in advance by the employee (e.g. sickness)....(more)
ACCESS  look up translate image
Concerned with who will have access to the HRIS.For example, will there be decentralised access and data entry capability or will access and data entry be centralised and tightly controlled?
ACCIDENT-PRONE  look up translate image
The proposition that certain employees havespecific characteristics that make them more likely to have accidents, and that these same employees cause or are involved in most accidents.
ACCREDITATION  look up translate image
(HR) The process of certifying the professionalcompetence of HR specialists.
ACHIEVEMENT MOTIVATION  look up translate image
The desire to be successful in competitivesituations or to perform in terms of a standard of excellence.
ACQUISITION  look up translate image
Purchase of a firm or company by another firmor company.
ACROSS-THE-BOARD INCREASES  look up translate image
General pay increases awardedto all employees irrespective of performance.
ACTION LEARNING  look up translate image
Based on learning by experience. Uses realproblems from the work situation for trainees to solve.
ACTIVE LISTENING  look up translate image
Asking lots of questions and carefullylistening to the answers.
ACTIVITY PHASE (TRAINING)  look up translate image
Concerned with selecting the trainingmethods and learning principles to be employed in a training program.
ADAPTABILITY  look up translate image
Relates to the extent that HRM policies fosteremployee and organisational readiness for, and acceptance of, change.
ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERT  look up translate image
Refers to the efficiency of HR managersand the effective management of HR activities (such as selection, etc.) so that they create value.
ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES ONLY (ASO)  look up translate image
The hiring of a firm (usually a health care vendor) to handle certain administrative tasks. The firm does not assume any risk but merely carries out the specialized functions that the employer cannot or does not want to do. For example, an employer funds its own dental insurance claim payments but pays the ASO firm to process the claims.
ADVENTURE TRAINING  look up translate image
Adventure or wilderness training presentsmanagers with physical and mental challenges such as abseiling, canoeing and bushwalking. The aim is to promote self-awareness, confidence and teamwork.
ADVERTISED RECRUITMENT  look up translate image
Communicating to the public an organisation'sHR requirements using the media (such as newspaper advertisements).
ADVOCATES  look up translate image
Employer or union representatives who argue a casebefore an industrial tribunal or court.
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION  look up translate image
Proactive policies aimed at increasing the employment opportunities of certain groups (typically, minority men and/or women of all racial groups). Title 5, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act requires that affirmative action be taken in employment of persons with disabilities by Federal contractors. Affirmative action was designed to rectify past discrimination but has been controversial since its inception.
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION (AA)  look up translate image
Programs that require firms to makespecial efforts to recruit, hire and promote women and members of minority groups.
AGEING POPULATION  look up translate image
Occurs when the number of older people increasesrelative to the number of young people in the population.
AGENT (INSURANCE)  look up translate image
An employee who sells the products owned by the company, in contrast to a broker, who sells the insurance products of several companies. See Broker.
A disease that underminesthe body's immune system, leaving the person susceptible to a wide range of fatal diseases.
AIR RAGE  look up translate image
Offensive and violent behaviour by commercialairline passengers. Examples include food throwing, sexual harassment, indecent behaviour, insulting language, abusive conduct and physical assault.
ALCOHOLISM  look up translate image
A treatable disease characterised by uncontrolledand compulsive drinking that interferes with normal living patterns.
ALLOWABLE MATTERS  look up translate image
These are provisions allowed to remainin awards by the Workplace Relations Act. No other items can be covered by an award.
ALTERNATE DISPUTE RESOLUTION (ADR)  look up translate image
An informal process to resolve disputes. Involved parties meet with a trained third party who assists in resolving the problem by arbitration, mediation, judicial settlement conferences, conciliation or other methods. Though usually voluntary, ADR is sometimes mandated by a judge as a first step before going to court.
AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA)  look up translate image
Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 is part of a federal law that prohibits discrimination against someone with a disability, defined as "a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity." Disability is decided on a case-by-case basis and does not include conditions such as substance abuse. This law applies to the whole employment cycle, from application through advancement and termination.
ANTI-DISCRIMINATION  look up translate image
Elimination of any practice that makesdistinctions between different groups based on age, sex, etc. and that results in one group being advantaged and the other group disadvantaged.
APPLICANT TRACKING SYSTEM (ATS)  look up translate image
A software application that began as a way to electronically handle recruitment needs but has since expanded to the entire employment life cycle. Onboarding, training and succession planning capabilities now exist, for example. An ATS can be implemented on an enterprise level or small business level, depending on the size and needs of the company. Applicant Tracking Systems may also be referred to as Talent Management Systems. An ATS saves time and increases efficiency and compliance for those tasked with managing human capital.
APPLICATION FORM  look up translate image
Basic source of employment informationcovering qualifications, experience and other job-related data.apprenticeship training A combination of classroom and on-the-job training.
APPLICATION SERVICE PROVIDER (ASP)  look up translate image
Other common terms are SaaS (software as a service), on-demand or Web-based services. A business that provides computer-based services to customers over a network, as opposed to installing the software on a company server (hosted). This is a cost-effective solution for small and medium-sized businesses, who may find it hard to keep up with the increasing costs of specialized software, distribution and upgrades. Smaller, periodic payments replace one-time lump sum pricing. The ASP can be accessed from any location via the Internet. HRmarketer.com is an example.
APTITUDE TESTS  look up translate image
Tests of special abilities (such as clerical,linguistic, musical and artistic abilities) that are required in specific jobs.
ARBITRATION  look up translate image
The submission of a dispute to a third partyfor a binding decision.assessment centre Technique that uses interviews, tests, simulations, games and observations to evaluate an individual's potential.
ASSESSMENT PHASE (TRAINING)  look up translate image
Establishes what training isneeded, by whom, when and where so that training objectives can be established.
AT-RISK' COMPENSATION  look up translate image
Rewards that are payable onlywhen a performance target is met.attitude survey Systematic method of determining what employees think about their job, supervision and the organisation.
ATTRITION  look up translate image
A gradual voluntary reduction of employees (through resignation and retirement) who are not then replaced, decreasing the size of the workforce.
National tradeunion organisation which represents the Australian trade union movement.
Agreements made directlybetween an employer and an employee.
AUTOMATIC PROGRESSION  look up translate image
Sometimes called incremental salaryscales. Salary increases occur automatically each year on a specified date, irrespective of performance.
AUTONOMOUS WORK TEAMS  look up translate image
Represents job enrichment at thegroup level. This is achieved by creating self-managed work teams responsible for accomplishing defined performance objectives.
AUTONOMY  look up translate image
The extent to which the job provides the employeefreedom to plan, schedule and decide about work procedures.
AVOIDABLE TURNOVER  look up translate image
A standard method of computing employeeturnover that focuses on that part of employee turnover that can be reduced.
AWARD RESTRUCTURING  look up translate image
Process designed to simplify, updateand remove anomalies from industrial awards.
AWARDS  look up translate image
Written determinations setting out the legally enforceableterms and conditions of employment in a firm or industry.
BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION  look up translate image
Process of checking job applicantinformation prior to an employment offer being made.
Testing to ensure that employers are hiring qualified and honest employees and that a prospective employee is capable of performing the functions required by the job. The screening can involve criminal background checks, verification of Social Security numbers, past addresses, age or year of birth, corporate affiliations, bankruptcies, liens, drug screening, skills assessment and behavioral assessments. If an employer outsources pre-employment screening, the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act requires that there must be a consent and disclosure form separate from an employment application.
BALANCED SCORECARD  look up translate image
A strategic planning and management system that is used to tie business activities to the vision and strategy of the organization, improve internal and external communications, and monitor performance against goals. Developed in the early 1990's by Drs. Robert Kaplan and David Norton, the balanced scorecard measure four areas of business: internal business processes, financial performance, customer knowledge, and learning and growth.
BARGAINING  look up translate image
Another term for negotiation.
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