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Human Resources and Sustainability

Lesson Summary

Recruitment, Training and Performance Appraisal

Greenwashing occurs in recruitment when recruiters exaggerate environmental claims of the company.

An equal opportunity employer avoids unfair or discriminatory questions when recruiting new employees.

Green meetings are conducted in ways that minimize environmental impact.

Webinars are seminars on the Web and can be used for online training in order to reduce travel, economical and environmental costs.

Using simulations for training reduces costs and accident rates.

Recruitment, Training and Performance Appraisal

Green-collar jobs are positions that aid in the transition to a green economy.

A performance appraisal system is where the employee’s performance is measured on some prescribed criteria. This criteria can include sustainability performance.

Web-based performance appraisal software prevents excess use of paper products and increases transparency of the performance appraisal process.


Pay, Benefits, and Labor Relations

Internal equity is employee’s perception of fairness in the pay structure across employees.

External equity is the perception of pay relative to what other employers are paying for similar work.

An elitist compensation system establishes different compensation plans for different employee groups. An egalitarian system has most employees under the same equal compensation plan.

Minimum wage is set by legislation to be a minimum dollar amount per hour that must be paid by law.

Pay, Benefits, and Labor Relations

Living wage is the minimum income necessary for a person to attain a normal standard of living.

Standard employee benefits packages may include: health insurance, dental insurance and paid sick leave.

Contingent workers are employees hired to deal with temporary increases in workload or to complete work that is not part of the core requirements.

Flexible work hours (flextime) is where employees can choose to organize work routines that fit their lifestyles.


Pay, Benefits, and Labor Relations

Compressed workweeks change the number of workdays per week by increasing the length of the workday to reduce the number of days in the workweek.

Telecommuting is where employees work from home for at least one day a month or more.

Office hoteling is the creation of a software reservation program that reserves office space to employees on an as-needed basis.

Hot desking involves providing a desk that is shared between several people at different scheduled times.

Pay, Benefits, and Labor Relations

Labor relations refer to the interaction between the company and the employee, particularly related to the employee’s right to organize.

Health and safety issues are important to organizations as they have both social and economic impacts.

The sustainable organization protects employees from harassment and oppressive work environments.

The sustainable organization maintains good citizenship behaviors and consistent standards of ethics in international environments.

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