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The Business Benefits of Having a Diverse Workforce

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As the world continues to grow, so do the differences among us. For every one thing two people find out they have in common, there will be at least five things about which they do not agree. But this is part of the beauty of human interaction. We’ve all got our own stories, our own […] The post The Business Benefits of Having a Diverse...

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New California Law Prevents Discrimination Against Reservists

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 04:00

Effective January 1, 2019, California law will extend protections against discrimination in employment to military reservists. Existing law prohibits various types of discrimination against people serving in any branch of the military armed services, either at the state or federal level. That includes a prohibition against discrimination based on...

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Focusing on Clients Too Much Can Negatively Affect Your Productivity

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 04:00

Many modern offices boast a smart, stylish reception area and state-of-the-art meeting rooms—both of which give visiting clients and potential new recruits the perfect first impression. While company owners see this as a necessary investment for attracting new business and fresh talent, it doesn’t always sit well with existing employees, mainly...

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Study Reveals Top Employee Caregiving Challenges Employers Need to Understand

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 04:00

Caregiving has been labeled a national health crisis by the National Alliance for Caregiving. According to a Gallup-Healthways survey, over 20% of employees are providing traditional caregiving to family members. As a result of their caregiving responsibilities, 70% report work-related difficulties and as many as 70% struggle with depression and...

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Making It a Win-Win When Retirees Return to Work

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 04:00

On any given day, it’s not unusual to walk past an office conference room and find balloons and a “Happy Retirement” banner floating over a group of coworkers gathered for a colleague’s send-off. But what happens after the party? Often, the life of leisure loses its luster, and the retiree seeks a return to the […] The post Making It...

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Ten Investment Actions for DB Plans in the New Year Recommended by Willis Towers Watson

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 04:00

Look to the past to predict the future when it comes to pension investing, defined benefit (DB) retirement plan sponsors are urged by global advisory and broking firm Willis Towers Watson (WTW) in a new paper on investment actions recommended for 2019. A decade after the last major recession of the U.S. economy, many DB […] The post Ten...

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When Group-Based Training Is Beneficial and When It’s Not

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 09:01

In the modern workplace, you’ve been hearing a lot about personalized learning and adaptive learning and how important it is to tailor training materials to each individual learner. So, where and how does group-based training fit into the mix? When is it beneficial, and when does it not wind up doing much good? Keep reading […] The post...

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Don’t Be in the Dark: What to Know About Accommodating SAD Employees

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 04:00

Ah, fall—cooler temperatures, vibrant leaves, and football. Unfortunately, the dreaded end to daylight saving time also arrives not long after we welcome fall, signaling shorter days and dark drives home from work. For many of us, the transition to fall is often a pleasant change of pace from a long, hot summer. However, for some […] The...

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U.S. Employers Strive for a Healthier Workforce

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 04:00

As healthcare costs continue to rise and unemployment falls to its lowest level in almost 50 years, an increasing number of employers are providing health benefits—from insurance coverage to wellness programs—to attract and maintain a healthy workforce. Some companies, though, are still holding out. A nonprofit Transamerica Center for Health...

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Louisiana State Agencies Face New Sexual Harassment Law

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 04:00

A new Louisiana law taking effect on January 1 requires all state agencies to adopt a sexual harassment policy making clear that unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other inappropriate sexual conduct creating a hostile work environment are prohibited behaviors. The law also requires that the policy must contain a...

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Worker Productivity Increases During Busy Holiday Season

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 04:00

A recent survey from Accountemps shows that worker productivity actually goes up when the holidays hit. It’s the most wonderful time of the year—for worker productivity? Professionals may simply be looking to land on the “nice” list, but 65% of respondents in a recent Accountemps survey said they get more work done during the...

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’Tis the Season for Religious Accommodations

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 04:00

The holiday season is the busiest time of year for many employers. It’s also when you’re flooded with time-off-work requests for religious observancnes. What are your obligations when it comes to accommodating the requests? The answer is important, considering the costs associated with getting it wrong. According to the Equal Employment...

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Performance Appraisals and the Halo Effect

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 04:00

In yesterday’s Advisor we heard from Steffen Maier, Cofounder of Impraise on how unconscious bias plays a role during performance appraisals, and how to overcome those biases. Today we have more tips. Negativity Bias With more frequent reviews, you also want to make sure that your employees are getting the most out of the information...

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TV Explores #MeToo Red Flags as EEOC Stings Real-Life Harassers

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 04:00

One year has passed since The New York Times and The New Yorker broke the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal, yet television shows are still weaving #MeToo themes into their storylines. On November 1, 2018, NBC’s comedy series Will and Grace took up the serious topic in the subplot for an episode titled “Grace’s Secret.” […] The...

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Comment Period Extended Again On NLRB Joint-Employment Rule

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 04:00

Employers and others interested in influencing a new rule on what constitutes joint employment have another month to make their thoughts known on the issue. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced on December 10 that the comment period for the proposed rule was being extended to January 14, 2019. This marks the second extension...

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A Clear and Present Danger: Domestic Violence in the Workplace

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 04:00

On Monday, November 19, emergency room doctor Tamara O’Neal was shot outside her workplace, Mercy Hospital & Medical Center on Chicago’s south side. According to sources, the shooter, Juan Lopez, was angry with her over a broken engagement, leading to yet another workplace active shooter situation. While coworkers can be the...

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These 3 Types of Feedback Boost a High-Performance Culture

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 04:00

Management literature is filled with different perspectives on what managers should do to most effectively influence the performance of staff members who report to them. Ranging from authoritative to collaborative, aspects of these various styles are appropriate at different times and in different situations. But the core characteristics of a...

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Unconscious Factors Impacting Your Performance Appraisals and How to Stop Them

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 04:00

Objectivity is the most important part of having an effective performance appraisal system. What you want is a system in which your top performers are recognized and then given opportunities to advance their skills. Meanwhile, rather than being discouraged, low performers should come out with the advice and motivation they need to improve their...

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Helping New Workers Achieve Financial Security

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 04:00

It’s a challenge for any company to attract top talent. This primarily rings true in a competitive labor market where unemployment sits at roughly 3.7%, the lowest in nearly 50 years.1 As a company fighting for this talent, how do you set yourself apart? Sure, an employee may enjoy unlimited cappuccinos from the company cafeteria […] The...

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Arizona’s Small Employers Need to Be Ready for New COBRA-Like Mandate

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 04:00

Arizona employers with fewer than 20 employees need to be ready for a new state law requiring them to offer continuation of health insurance benefits for employees and their dependents. The new law applies to health benefits plans sponsored by small employers that are issued or renewed after December 31, 2018. Under the federal Consolidated...

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