Bachelor's in Human Resource Management

The Role of Motivation in Employee Retention

Taylor is late to work every day, calls in sick once a week, and feels unheard and unappreciated. At the same company, Hayden volunteers ideas at team meetings, goes the extra mile for clients, and feels part of a meaningful mission. Hayden is engaged and motivated, and is therefore more likely than Taylor to work hard, stay with the company, and champion it to others. Lack of engagement and motivation, like Taylor’s, typically leads to high employee turnover, which costs companies time, money, and talent. On the other hand, strong engagement and motivation, like Hayden’s, leads to high employee retention. […]

What Are the Pros and Cons of Labor Unions?

The union membership rate among American wage and salary earners was 10.8% in 2020, 0.5% more than in 2019, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Despite the small increase, overall membership numbers in the U.S. have been declining for the past few decades, dropping from 17.7 million union workers in 1983 to 14.3 million in 2020. Controversies surrounding unions have pushed away many workers wary of high dues, corruption, and lack of personal autonomy for union members. Nonetheless, Americans today should carefully consider the pros and cons of union membership before deciding what’s right for them. To learn […]

8 Types of Unemployment: Understanding Each Type

Tables of Contents What Is Unemployment?Understanding Unemployment StatisticsTypes of UnemploymentWays of Combating UnemploymentUnderstand Unemployment and How to Address It Unemployment is when a person who’s actively seeking employment can’t find work — but its effects go beyond any one individual looking for a job. Unemployment also has implications for families, employers, and the economy. The U.S. has regularly tracked unemployment as a measure of economic health since 1940, using the Current Population Survey (CPS): a household survey that polls individuals from various areas in each state to calculate the rate of unemployed individuals. The topic historically has taken on added […]

Importance of Training and Development for Employees

Employee training and development programs are essential to the success of businesses worldwide. Not only do these programs offer opportunities for staff to improve their skills, but also for employers to enhance employee productivity and improve company culture. They also can reduce employee turnover — and a 2020 Work Institute study shows just how important that can be for a company’s bottom line. Voluntary employee turnover, according to the report, costs U.S. businesses more than $630 billion annually. With the right education and credentials, like an online bachelor’s in HR management, you can learn to address personnel challenges like this […]

How to Maintain a Healthy Workplace Post-COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an enormous impact on businesses and workplaces, forcing many to close or operate remotely. Yelp reported that over 65,000 U.S. businesses listed on its site were marked temporarily closed in August 2020. By October, after many states and cities lifted stay-at-home orders, Gallup reported that 66% of businesses that went remote had all or some of their employees return to on-site work. As more businesses begin to reopen their offices, they must have new protocols and strategies in place to promote a healthy workplace and protect the safety of their employees. As PwC found in a 2021 survey, fewer […]

Risk Management Techniques and Tips for HR Professionals

Human resources (HR) departments used to focus solely on hiring, training, and managing employees. Today, however, human resource management has evolved to encompass risks posed by technology, social media, the gig economy, and other factors. HR professionals now need to have a comprehensive risk management strategy to help prevent, monitor, and mitigate risk. To learn more, check out the infographic below, created by Maryville University’s online Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management program. An Introduction to Risk Management HR teams engage in recruiting, conflict resolution, and other activities that introduce potential risks, such as abuse, property damage, and personal injury. […]

Cultural Competence in the Workplace: What Leaders Need to Know

Cultural competence in the workplace is vital to fostering an open, collaborative, and productive work environment. As companies become more diverse, they need to have policies and best practices in place to support varying backgrounds and points of view. According to Pew Research Center, immigrants are expected to drive growth in the U.S. workforce through 2035, offsetting the decline as the baby boom generation enters retirement. The Washington Post also reported that 2019 marked the first year people of color comprised most new working-age hires in the U.S. Additionally, the growth of remote work will continue to help companies hire […]

Managing Remote Employees: Human Resource Tips

Ready or not, remote work has become an enduring reality for organizations and their management teams nationwide. Increasingly sophisticated technologies and the COVID-19 pandemic have fueled the widespread acceptance and adoption of telecommuting. The abrupt shift at the onset of the pandemic in early 2020 to a largely homebound, geographically dispersed workforce has been a struggle for many on both sides of the equation. Gartner reported in March 2020 that 88% of organizations surveyed had either encouraged or required their employees to work from home, regardless of their symptoms, and nearly all organizations surveyed had halted business travel altogether. Now […]

Check out our new online degree programs coming this fall

Being brave just got even easier. Starting in the fall of 2020, Maryville University will be offering several new, fully online undergraduate degree programs, giving students even more opportunities to have a positive impact on their world and achieve their career goals. We developed these programs to help meet the need for qualified professionals in exciting, rapidly growing fields. Graduates will be able to pursue a wide range of career paths, so whether you’re aspiring to help create a more sustainable future, innovate in computers and tech, or help people lead healthier lives, your Maryville degree can help turn your […]

Human Resources (HR) Metrics: How to Measure and Improve Organizations

Human resources (HR) teams oversee many of a company’s administrative functions and play a vital role in the success of the business’s plans and objectives. These teams recruit, train, and retain staff, measuring and evaluating them against metrics that align with the strategic goals of the organization. Because human capital is one of an organization’s largest expenses and contributors to its success, businesses also must evaluate human resources against their own set of metrics to ensure optimal effectiveness. To prepare aspiring organizational leaders for gauging the success of HR programs, Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs include a focus on […]