Training done right: Effective communication the key

HR Hero Line - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 06:00

Good training has always been important in the workplace, but today’s fast-paced and ever-changing world of work makes training more important than ever. Changing technology requires frequent skill updates for employees at all levels of an organization. And certainly supervisors need training on new laws affecting the workplace and refreshers on...

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Preparing for electronic discovery in litigation

Technology for HR - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 08:39

by Sarah Caldwell Breslin If you’re involved in current or even threatened litigation, you have an obligation to retain information that is reasonably likely to be relevant and turn it over during discovery (the pretrial exchange of evidence). In the electronic world we live in, this increasingly includes and often revolves around...

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I’m sorry, so sorry: how to apologize at work

HR Hero Line - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 06:00

by Molly DiBianca Humility is a virtue. For most of us, it doesn’t come easily. Owning up to a mistake at work can be a difficult task, particularly for employees who want to be good at their jobs and please those they report to. Nonetheless, apologizing is a reality of professional life and a recognition that no matter how hard we try,...

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Think before you joke, so you do not litigate funny

EntertainHR - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 14:17

Studies show that laughing boosts immunity, eases anxiety and stress, improves mood, decreases pain, and can even prevent heart disease. Socially, laughing strengthens relationships. In addition to the value of humor in our personal lives, we cannot underestimate the power of humor at work. Humor aides in learning and memory retention, increases...

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13 characteristics of a great teammate

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 10:19

by Dan Oswald We all have worked side by side with people we have enjoyed and respected—the type of teammates who make work fun. And we all have worked with people whom, well, we didn’t enjoy or respect—the type of teammates who suck all the joy out of work for everyone around them. So, there’s obviously people who make better teammates...

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Rooting out bullying a necessary step in promoting diversity

Diversity Insight - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 06:05

Employers looking to advance diversity in the workplace often focus on recruiting diverse groups of potential employees, but recruiting is just one part of the process. Those recruiting efforts won’t be effective if management is blind to a culture that condones workplace bullying.  October is a time when attention turns to bullying in a...

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Office politics: preventing disruptive discourse

Diversity Insight - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 06:04

by David L. Johnson Recently, a Pennsylvania YMCA stopped showing cable news shows on the TVs in its gym because they were prompting political squabbles among its members. When filtered into the diverse workplace, passionate opposing political viewpoints can harm productivity and morale and even create liability issues for employers. Sometimes...

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5 tips for accommodating depression, PTSD, and other mental illnesses

Diversity Insight - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 06:03

by Mark Wiletsky An estimated 16.1 million adults in the United States had at least one major depressive episode in 2015, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). That number represents 6.7 percent of all American adults who are 18 or older. Seven or eight out of every 100 people will have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)...

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How non-Hispanic supervisors can lead Hispanic employees

Diversity Insight - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 06:02

by Jim Davis Between potential language barriers, cultural differences, and a political and social landscape rife with discrimination, it’s important that any employee be able to navigate whatever challenges may arise while leading a diverse workforce. Glenn Llopis, a best-selling author, columnist, and senior advisor to Fortune 500 seeks to show...

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Employers, beware: Facility issues may result in violations of Title VII

Diversity Insight - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 06:00

by Jacob M. Monty Many employers are aware of the serious problems that can arise if workers and supervisors engage in racially or sexually motivated taunts and speech. However, few employers realize that they may need to worry about the design and condition of their facilities. The facilities of a now-closed Sara Lee factory in Paris reportedly...

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Labor looks for love

HR Hero Line - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 06:00

by Richard I. Lehr —“I was lookin’ for love in all the wrong places, lookin’ for love in too many faces, searchin’ their eyes and lookin’ for traces of what I’m dreamin’ of.” The song “Looking for Love,” written by Wanda Mallette, aptly describes the circumstances of organized...

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Employee collects unemployment despite offensive Facebook post

Technology for HR - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 15:16

by Timothy K. Baldwin and Matthew D. Strauss In a recent case, Beagan v. R.I. Department of Labor and Training, the Rhode Island Supreme Court held that an employee who was terminated for posting derogatory Facebook comments about his supervisor was eligible for unemployment benefits. The court’s ruling is a cautionary tale that employers...

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Harvey Weinstein: beauty and the beastly mogul

EntertainHR - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 10:12

Over the last week, the fallout from a New York Times article regarding Harvey Weinstein has been swift and significant. On October 5, the Times published an explosive story about Hollywood producer and media mogul Weinstein’s alleged sexual harassment spanning decades. More and more women have been coming forward since the story broke to...

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Make sure employees know what to do if ICE raids your workplace

HR Hero Line - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 06:00

by Lori Chesser You employ a large number of seasonal workers, many with temporary work visas, at several different sites. You also have a main office. You would like to train your frontline employees on what to do if U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) shows up with a warrant for an immigration raid. What should you tell your...

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Leaders must do what’s best for the greater good

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 10/09/2017 - 09:33

by Dan Oswald The Japanese surprise attack at Pearl Harbor caught the U.S. military completely off guard. Months after the bombing in Hawaii, the U.S. military was still reeling and on its heels. American citizens were shocked by their country’s vulnerability as the Japanese brought the fight to them. Confidence in the U.S. military’s ability...

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10 traits of an effective workplace investigator

HR Hero Line - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 06:00

by Ryann E. Ricchio Workplace investigations are of critical importance to employers for many reasons. Done correctly and thoroughly, an investigation can, among other things, resolve ongoing and future workplace problems, mitigate your organization’s liability, prevent third-party intervention, demonstrate good faith, and preserve...

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HR manager fired for downloading, e-mailing himself company documents

Technology for HR - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 08:00

by Tom Harper A recent case before the federal appeals court with jurisdiction over Florida involved claims by a senior HR official at a Kia Motors plant who believed he was being directed to violate the law by reducing the number of African-American and older workers at the plant. After complaining about the allegedly illegal directive, the HR...

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Providing grief relief in age of mass shootings

EntertainHR - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 15:55

The headlines rang out early Monday morning as many of us were preparing to leave home for work: DEADLIEST MASS SHOOTING IN US HISTORY. Coffee. IT WAS MADNESS. Toasted bagel. 50+ KILLED, MORE THAN 500 INJURED. Orange Juice. THERE WAS BLOOD EVERYWHERE. Sunday night at the highlight concert of the Route 91 Harvest Festival, 64-year-old […]

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What the Las Vegas Strip massacre means to employers

HR Hero Line - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 05:00

by Deanna Forbush The current Google Doodle says it all. The Doodles generally express recognition of a special day, such as the celebration of a holiday, an anniversary, or the life of a famous artist, pioneer, or scientist. Since last Sunday’s horrific Las Vegas massacre, however, the Google Doodle is a simple mournful black ribbon....

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5 reasonable accommodation pitfalls to avoid

HR Hero Line - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 04:59

by Brent E. Siler Litigation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has been on the rise in recent years and will likely continue to increase. One area of ADA compliance fueling the increase is the duty to reasonably accommodate employees’ disabilities. While most employers are aware they have a duty to accommodate the...

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