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Free Speech in the Workplace at Election Time

Posted by Michael D. Haberman

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As the U.S. presidential election nears, it is almost impossible to get away from talk about politics, whether you’re watching the news on TV, listening to the radio, reading the newspaper, checking your Facebook feed, having conversations on the street corner, or even at work. Some people revel in these discussions and others try to avoid them as much as possible. As a consultant, I often get asked if an employer can ban political discussions at work or whether such a ban would restrict the employees’ Constitutional right to freedom of speech or freedom of expression. Between the Government and You As it turns out, in the private sector, an employer can prohibit employees from talking politics or campaigning for any particular cand [...]
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How to Show Appreciation to Your Employees

Posted by Eric Friedman

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Employee recognition is about more than saying “thank you” to your employees. It’s a way to keep them engaged and to make your work environment more positive. Everyone likes to be recognized for a job well done. In the business world, that can make the difference between happy, productive workers and disgruntled workers who end up looking for another job. As Tony Schwartz, author and CEO of The Energy Project, put it: “Whatever else each of us derives from our work, there may be nothing more precious than the feeling that we truly matter—that we contribute unique value to the whole, and that we’re recognized for it.” According to Gallup research, only one out of every three employees in the U.S. strongly agreed that th [...]
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How to Avoid Favoritism at Work

Posted by Chris Fields

Favoritism: The Engagement & Retention Killer What do you know about favoritism? Did you know it is one the top reasons why employees quit their jobs? And did you know that favoritism causes employees to become disgruntled and unproductive? As an HR professional with nearly 20 years of experience, I have seen it first-hand, even from before I was in HR. I can tell you that favoritism is a corporate culture killer. It upsets employees, can make them feel alone, useless, and undervalued, and may even cause them to quit and, in some cases, sue! Favors vs. Favoritism Most of us do favors for friends, but the difference is when those favors are abused and cause harm to others. For instance, an owner hiring a friend is a favor, but wh [...]
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4 Effective Ways to “Manage the Manager”

Posted by Eric Friedman

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Leadership continues to be a top priority for most organizations, and nearly nine out of 10 respondents identify the issue as “important” or “very important,” according to Deloitte’s Human Capital Trends report for 2015. But while top executives tend to get a lot of attention, the middle layer of business management is often ignored. It’s a short-sighted approach, given that today’s middle managers are often tomorrow’s leaders. According to a white paper from Harvard Business Publishing, middle managers are overburdened, undertrained, and often on the verge of burning out just as they’re being considered for more senior leadership roles. No wonder only 15% of North American companies feel they have enough qualified su [...]
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Why Paid Maternity Leave Really Matters

Posted by Kelly Painter

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The 2016 summer Olympics have come and gone, and once again, Team USA proved it was #1—at least in terms of sports. But when it comes to paid maternity leave, the United States comes in dead last. The U.S. is the only developed country in the world that does not have paid maternity leave laws. Yet research overwhelmingly proves that there are myriad personal, societal, and economic benefits associated with this type of paid leave. U.S Mothers in the Workplace Mothers-to-be and new mothers in the U.S. face big challenges. According to the U.S. Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), companies with more than 50 employees must give workers up to 12 weeks of maternity leave during a 12-month period. However, FMLA mandated maternity leave [...]
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5 Ways to Manage Confrontations at Work Due to Politics

Posted by Eric Friedman

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No matter how much or how little people normally talk about politics, during an election year the political chatter always seems to increase. Not even the workplace can escape it. With political news coverage happening around the clock, the 2016 presidential election is a topic of conversation around many water coolers. According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, 30 percent of employers and 17 percent of employees who responded said they have argued with a co-worker over a particular candidate during this presidential election. The confrontations that stem from political conflict between employees can lead to an HR nightmare. But while employers can’t tell employees what they may or may not discuss at work (unless it becomes disru [...]
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How to Manage Civil Unrest and Protests at Work

Posted by Chris Fields

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The global workforce today is the most diverse and blended in the history of humankind. We have Baby Boomers, Generation X, Generation Y, and now iGen all working and living together. Simultaneously, we are more vocal and outspoken than ever before as well. It’s an incredible challenge for human resource departments to manage the various personalities, morals, and beliefs evenly and fairly. If you turn on the news, you will see that protests are happening more frequently all over the county–and the world, for that matter. I believe a huge part of this comes from social media, because social media shines a light on areas where there was darkness. It also gives a microphone to those who would otherwise not have one, and subsequently, [...]
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5 Out-of-the-Box Ways to Motivate Employees

Posted by Eric Friedman

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Keeping employees happy, engaged, and motivated should be a priority for every employer. According to a recent SHRM Employee Job Satisfaction and Engagement survey, only 69 percent of employees consistently put all of their effort into work. This means companies have to find ways to keep employees motivated. Motivated employees work harder, give better results, and are more productive. They’re also more likely to refer their company to others, bringing more talent into your hiring pool. Here are five unique ways to motivate your employees: 1. Give them purpose. The term “company culture” gets thrown around a lot these days, but it hits at the crux of motivating employees to work for a purpose. It’s difficult to measure com [...]
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