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7 Truly Terrible Offices on Film and What They Teach Us

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“Third prize is you’re fired!” snaps Alec Baldwin in a bitter (and almost literal) punchline aimed at a cowering sales team. Baldwin’s character in 1992’s Glengarry Glen Ross is a bad boss who makes already devalued employees feel even worse—a plot line that seems central to Hollywood’s depictions of rotten workplaces. Source: Bruce...

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Owner’s Alleged Harassment is Tough Pill for Pharmacy to Swallow

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Individuals who claim to have experienced sexual harassment typically file claims under Title VII and any state-specific acts that might apply such as the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA). But those aren’t the only potential legal claims an individual can level against an employer (or former employer). In some instances, the alleged conduct...

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Best Responses to Negative Employee Feedback

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When you give your employees a chance to give you their feedback, there is a good chance that some of it will be negative. Instead of getting defensive, you must handle negative employee feedback in a better way. How to do that? Read on. Source: Ivelin Radkov / shutterstock 5 Ways to Respond to Negative Employee Feedback Don’t React...

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How to Restore Employee Trust After a Very Public Company Scandal

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 04:00

Company scandals like those Wells Fargo, Volkswagen, and Facebook have experienced cost millions of dollars every year—sometimes billions of dollars. Public company scandals obviously test public and consumer trust, but they also test the resolve and trust of employees. Source: stockphoto mania / shutterstock If you’re a Human Resources (HR)...

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Why You Shouldn’t Discipline Employees for Social Media Posts

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 04:00

Question: To what extent can I use what I find on social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, in disciplining employees? Source: Antonio_Diaz / iStock / Getty The answer to your question depends on various factors, including the posts’ contents, whether and to what extent they affect your workplace, and how you came to view or learn about...

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The Most Effective Training Methods

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 04:00

Research on training methods is essential to avoid the unnecessary costs that come with training. According to Forbes, the training market is worth approximately $109 billion in the United States. Therefore, the tasks of researchers are to search and define the best methods to present the information to the targeted trainees, as well as to find the...

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Wellness Programs Really Do Work

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 04:00

A study published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has raised questions about the value of workplace wellness programs. While the findings confirmed that employees who participate in wellness programs make positive behavior changes, the results of this study indicated that these changes did not influence health...

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Talk to My Cousin—or My Patient Advocate: Filing ERISA Plan Claims

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 04:00

No one likes going to the hospital, or paying bills, but paying bills from the hospital can be confusing for even the most astute patients. Deciphering an explanation of benefits (EOB) from a health insurance company and trying to determine what you owe and to whom can cause some serious headaches. (Which hopefully don’t lead to another...

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Travelers Offers Student Loan Repayment, 401(k) Match

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 04:00

By the year 2025, it’s estimated that Millennials will make up roughly 75% of the American workforce. This means that HR professionals, business owners, hiring managers, and anyone else involved in the recruitment process needs to have a solid understanding of this demographic if they hope to compete in the market. DNY59 / iStock / Getty...

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Why You Need a Content Strategy for Your Training Initiatives

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 04:00

Marketers have been implementing content strategies for decades, and it’s time for learning and development (L&D) departments to implement them, too. Source: Weekend Images Inc. / iStock / Getty Images According to one expert, a content strategy is simply the “creation, publication, and governance of useful, usable content,” and every...

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Why the Wage Gap Solution Is Transparency, Not Legislation

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 04:00

Earlier this year, the U.S. House passed the Paycheck Fairness Act to further the cause of gender wage parity. Now, I’m not against government regulation, but I’m skeptical of change that’s enforced from the top down because lawmakers can’t mandate corporate buy-in. In my experience, businesses do best when solutions come from the bottom...

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Challenge the Status Quo: 3 Strategies for Embracing D&I in Your Organization

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 04:00

If you’re hiring talent based on cultural fit, you may be doing more harm than good. Some experts say that cultural fit does nothing to improve diversity and inclusion (D&I) and, in fact, just creates an echo chamber for like-minded individuals. If you want to create a diverse workforce, you must challenge the status quo. Source: Rawpixel /...

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What’s in a Name? Maybe a Lot More Than You Realize

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 04:00

Management doesn’t care about us—they don’t even know who we are. Management walks around the office and never talks to anyone—it’s like we are invisible. Source: vector illustration / shutterstock All too often, it seems, you’ve discovered negative reviews about your company on Glassdoor or Indeed, readily available...

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Performance Management Evolves Beyond the Annual Review

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 04:00

Even the biggest fans of the annual performance review admit it has its flaws—such as assessing work and behavior months later through a rigid format that doesn’t always reflect true accomplishments and has a lack of nuance. Source: bleakstar / shutterstock Dissatisfaction with the traditional performance appraisal process led multinational...

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Money Doesn’t Buy Happiness, but Maybe Volunteering Does

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 04:00

According to a recent study, 27% of U.S. travelers are planning to volunteer on a trip this year. Volunteerism, thankfully, is becoming a stronger trend, and in the case of potential employees in the Millennial generation, who, as a group, highly value volunteerism, it’s important to recognize this need in a benefits program. In fact, companies...

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More Common Traits Among Top HR Managers

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 04:00

In part 1 of this article we explored three things that great HR managers have in common. Today we’ll look at the rest of that list. Source: SolStock / E+ / Getty 1. They’re Not Lax About Unhealthy Events HR people often take the rap for being unfriendly and combative simply because they deal with conflict resolution and handle a lot of the...

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Looking to Hire Veterans? Knock Down Barriers Hiding in Recruiting Practices

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 04:00

With Memorial Day coming up at the end of May, thoughts turn to honoring those who sacrificed their lives in military service. But it’s also a time to recognize the value former military servicemembers can bring to the civilian workforce. That starts with making sure traditional recruiting practices don’t present barriers to jobseekers coming...

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How to Use OKRs as a Method for Goal Setting and Driving Alignment

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 04:00

As a member of HR, you know that an important part of a strong company culture is ensuring there is clarity and alignment across the board. This is often one of the main challenges we see companies trying to address via the performance management process, and with reason: When people know how their work is contributing to the company and its...

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T. Rowe Price Reports 401(K) Plan Loan Usage Drops To 9-Year Low

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 04:00

The use of 401(k) plan loans in 2018 fell to a 9-year low of 22.5% of participants and continued a steady 6-year decline of nearly 10 percentage points, investment management firm T. Rowe Price said on May 1, drawing on data gathered from nearly 2 million participants for its annual benchmarking report. Source: Andrey_Popov / shutterstock The...

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Comment Period Near End for Proposed OT Rule

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 04:00

As the comment period winds down on a new proposed rule affecting overtime pay, employers need to consider the implications of the proposal that go beyond the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) plan to set a new salary threshold for overtime eligibility. Source: bee32 / iStock / Getty The DOL is accepting comments on its proposed rule through May...

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