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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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The Gig Economy and How It’s Influencing Your Workforce [part 2]

Posted by Michael D. Haberman

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In a previous article, we defined the gig economy and exposed some of the challenges it implies for HR. This article will continue to explore these challenges, focusing on the gig economy's impact on workers and governments.. Challenges for Workers While some workers have embraced the gig economy, not all have. As I wrote in another blog, Future Friday: The Independent Contractor will NOT rule by 2020:  “As we have seen in many lawsuits to date, many workers are just not ready to be gig economy workers. As people have sued Uber, Lyft, Taskrabbit, and others, it is clear there are many people not yet willing to take on independence. Sure, they are willing to take on part-time work. People have done that for a long time, but they [...]

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The Gig Economy and How It’s Influencing Your Workforce [part 1]

Posted by Michael D. Haberman

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There is a growing movement in the United States, actually the world, of people working independently from traditional employment constraints. This “gig” economy, as it has come to be called, has its roots in the increasing use of freelance contractors and entrepreneurs. Although there have been some legal setbacks to the gig economy in the last couple of years, make no mistake—that train has left the station and there is no turning back. HR departments, their companies, governments, and employees themselves will have to adapt to this different way of working together. A Definition The term “gig economy” has been bandied about and most of us have heard it, but what is its official definition? According to the website WhatIs.co [...]

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New Proposed FLSA Regulations: Implications for Employers [Part 2]

Posted by Michael D. Haberman

As promised, this article will cover ways companies can meet the requirements of the proposed new FLSA regulations. We also recommend reading the previous article, where we discussed the current law and the new changes. Future Action Now is a good time to review whether people at your organization who have been classified as exempt are really exempt. Too many employers make the mistake of improperly classifying employees as exempt solely because they pay them a salary. Salary is a method of wage payment, not a classification of overtime eligibility. Many companies have classified employees as non-exempt but pay them a salary. Non-exempt employees don't have to be exclusively hourly workers. An employee who is going to make the $47,47 [...]

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