Workplace Culture

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    Next time your organization does its annual antiharassment training, you might want to shake things up. How about opening the session by asking your employees the following questions: Raise your hand if you have previously received antiharassment training at work. Raise your hand if you know we have an employee handbook. Raise your hand if you...
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    Kansas celebrates older workers. The Kansas Department of Commerce will host the Older Worker Awards Ceremony on April 24 in Topeka. The event honors older workers who are employed in both publicand private-sector jobs and businesses that regularly employ workers who are 55 and older. The department is accepting nominations until March 31, 2014,...
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    Unscheduled absenteeism costs American businesses billions of dollars every year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). There are myriad potential costs to take into account, including: Overtime; Paid sick days; Use of temporary or "relief/reserve" employees; Reduced productivity; Poor quality of goods or services...
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    Often, the first document a new employee reads is the company handbook. A handbook serves many purposes, among them introducing the employer's culture, communicating important policies, and setting employee expectations. If approached thoughtfully, a handbook is also a key tool for minimizing exposure to litigation. However, a poorly drafted...
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    The news is awash with reports on the scandal in New Jersey in which aides to Governor Chris Christie allegedly took political retribution against a Democratic mayor who didn't support the prominent Republican's recent bid for reelection. As the facts continue to unfold, here are some lessons for employers. No 1: E-mail and texting will come...
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    Psttt! Come here! Did you hear about . . . ? There is no denying that we live in a society that is obsessed with the private lives of other people. Reality shows and gossip magazines are more popular than ever, and they are here to stay. The workplace is certainly not immune. Today, employers are faced with employees who spend their time...
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    A Kentucky federal court recently dismissed a claim for hostile environment harassment because the employee failed to show that her coworkers' allegedly objectionable conduct affected her ability to perform her job or that her work environment was either subjectively or objectively hostile. Facts Kathryn Keys, who is African American, worked...
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    Typically, an organization employs inclusion efforts because it notices there's a morale issue within a certain group or within the organization as a whole, a legal challenge has been filed against the organization, or there has been an effort to organize a union. Unfortunately, many inclusion or diversity efforts fail because they are reactive...
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    From my imagination, here's a demand letter based on the recent Miami Dolphins bullying scandal. Mr. Incognito, Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Jane. Following graduation from Harvard Law School, I spent more than two decades litigating labor and employment cases at some of the most prestigious law firms in the country. I have...
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    "The problem with most bonus policies," says Duke University's Dr. Dan Ariely, "is that they treat employees like rats in a maze, who sit motionless unless motivated by food. Money is not the only, and often not the best, motivator." Rather, he says, people are more motivated by meaning, social connection, or achievement. Why do people climb...
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