Snooping in company docs may be OK

Technology for HR - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 12:00

by Stefanie M. Renaud One afternoon, the head of your IT department stops by your office. Apparently, IT noticed something strange during a standard review of an employee’s online activity. The IT head tells you that the employee has been searching for, accessing, and copying confidential company documents. You call the employee into your...

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You can’t lead if others aren’t willing to follow

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 02/20/2017 - 11:52

by Dan Oswald What makes a great leader? That question has spurned endless debate and discussion for centuries. In business, we strive to identify those with strong leadership skills and put them in positions where they can lead others. I was a having a conversation about leadership with a business colleague the other day. At one point, he said to...

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Geographic diversity: Dealing with rural-urban differences in the workplace

Diversity Insight - Sun, 02/19/2017 - 06:00

The rural-urban divide in America has had people talking since the 2016 presidential election, which showed a marked difference in the way urban and rural areas tend to vote. The 2016 election wasn’t the first sign of a divide, and individuals in both rural and urban areas often defy aggregate data, but various statistics show differences in...

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The wild kingdom: sexual harassment at the NPS

Diversity Insight - Sun, 02/19/2017 - 05:53

by Mark I. Schickman Twenty years ago in Faragher v. City of Boca Raton, the U.S. Supreme Court considered the case of a female lifeguard who sued the city of Boca Raton for sexual harassment because her supervisor lifeguard, on duty with her on a local beach, subjected her to “uninvited and offensive touching,” made lewd...

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May we terminate an employee who does not fit in?

Diversity Insight - Sun, 02/19/2017 - 05:51

by Robert P. Tinnin, Jr. Q I own a small software development company that has been phenomenally successful in the few short years we have been in business. I attribute our success in large measure to our employees, who are very tight-knit and cohesive. Nine of our 10 current employees are Anglo males between 35 and 43 years of age, and...

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EEOC issues new guidelines on national origin discrimination

Diversity Insight - Sun, 02/19/2017 - 05:50

by Saul Glazer With the increase in terrorism and attention given to immigration- related complaints, there is commensurate potential for workplace conflict and harassment related to national origin. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued new guidelines to help employers prevent national origin discrimination in the...

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Retaliation claim of police officer suspended for Facebook posts sent to trial

Technology for HR - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 11:42

by Elijah Yip It’s generally a good practice to set standards for employees’ online conduct to prevent social media activity from disrupting the workplace or tarnishing your organization’s reputation. But the mere fact that an employee commented on a controversial subject on social media doesn’t necessarily justify...

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Sorry, J-Lo and CeeLo: Real world requires carefully crafted employment dress codes

EntertainHR - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 13:32

The Grammys aired on Sunday, February 12, 2017. Every year, audiences tune in to the glamorous awards show to watch the presentation of such celebrated accolades as “Song of the Year” and to take in the live performances of their favorite musicians. I, however, plant myself in front of the television for one reason only—to […]

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Optimism is a powerful tool in overcoming adversity in the workplace

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 09:55

This week’s Oswald Letter is a guest post from Elizabeth Petersen, BLR’s executive vice president of strategy and revenue. by Elizabeth Petersen Every company has at least one: the employee who finds fault in everything. Her cries of, “The company never does anything for us!” are followed by, “They think they can buy our affection!”...

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Twins for Clooneys! How to manage pregnant employees who aren’t gazillionaire celebs

EntertainHR - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 08:10

A-list celebrity George Clooney, long considered Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor, surprised the world when he married international human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin back in 2014 after decades of assuring journalists, adoring fans, and a slew of ex-girlfriends that he would never, ever tie the knot a second time. Apparently, George also had a...

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Tracking employees’ trails: Is it 2017 or 1984?

Technology for HR - Thu, 02/09/2017 - 09:54

by Stefanie M. Renaud Imagine a piece of technology, so small it could be mistaken for a credit card, that tracks every movement your employee makes, analyzes every conversation he has, and can tell you when he’s in need of a day off. What if that technology could identify patterns and traits you could use to increase productivity by 23...

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Developing a PIP that will make employees comeback heroes—Tom Brady style

EntertainHR - Tue, 02/07/2017 - 08:31

I’m sure you all watched or heard about the Super Bowl on Sunday night: Despite the fact that his team was trailing by 25 points, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady led New England on the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history. Brady’s season began with a four-game suspension for his involvement in the “deflategate” scandal and […]

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Leadership lessons from New England Patriots

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 02/06/2017 - 10:26

by Dan Oswald Sunday night, the New England Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons in the greatest comeback in the Super Bowl’s 51-year history. None of us should have been surprised. The Patriots have had more success in this millennium than any of the other 31 teams in the NFL. Since head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady joined the...

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Are rules for same-sex marriage about to change in Texas?

Diversity Insight - Mon, 02/06/2017 - 10:13

by Jacob M. Monty The Texas Supreme Court recently announced that it will review a case arguing that Texas employers shouldn’t be required to spend taxpayer funds to provide benefits to employee spouses in same-sex marriages, even if they do offer benefits to employee spouses in opposite-sex marriages. Depending on the outcome of the case, the...

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President Trump’s communication style offers valuable lessons for managers

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 01/30/2017 - 10:39

by Dan Oswald Love him or hate him, it’s hard to deny that Donald Trump has communicated differently than any other U.S. presidential candidate, president-elect, and now president. And his communication style has been analyzed, criticized, and commended. Everyone seems to have an opinion about his approach to communication, but there certainly...

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Sherlock: the final problem for employers

EntertainHR - Fri, 01/27/2017 - 13:41

The series four finale of Sherlock cleverly illustrates the dangers of allowing the inmates to run the asylum. The show regularly covers behaviors that would alarm any employer, such as Sherlock abusing drugs, firing guns indoors whenever frustrated, and generally being delightfully bizarre. These oddities are some of the many reasons that Sherlock...

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Embrace I-9s on the Internet

Technology for HR - Tue, 01/24/2017 - 15:55

by Dinita L. James You had an important deadline this month: 11:59 p.m. on January 21, 2017. That’s the moment at which you must have discarded, destroyed, or otherwise rendered unusable any blank I-9 forms—both hard copies and electronic versions—that include the date N03/08/13 in the lower-left corner beside the words “Form...

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Ensure your team is working together for a common goal

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 13:05

by Dan Oswald Our newly inaugurated president is in the midst of selecting the team he will work with to achieve his vision for our country. And while, in his case, many of those selections will require congressional approval, they are nonetheless his choices. It’s an interesting process to watch. Imagine recruiting and hiring your entire team...

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The power of habit and HR policies

EntertainHR - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 09:42

At the start of a new year, many individuals set goals and resolutions, hoping to change bad habits or form new ones. Exercising, eating healthy, reading more books, learning something new, and spending more time with family or friends are all common resolutions.  But many of these well-intentioned goals and resolutions fall off days, weeks,...

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