Thu

20

Jun

2013

Tough or Toxic - A Different View On Safety In The Workplace

At the top of the Federal OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Act) workplace poster very clearly displays these words: “The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, Executive Order 12196 and 29 CFR 1960 require the heads of Federal agencies to furnish to employees places and conditions of employment that are free from job safety and health hazards.”  It continues to provide information on what to do if you have “Unsafe or Unhealthful Working Conditions.” 

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Thu

30

May

2013

Greek Mythology Comes To The Office

When Pygmalion sculpted a statue of a woman out of ivory, he was so taken by the statue’s beauty that he fell in love with it. Venus granted Pygmalion’s wish and brought life to the statue. Pygmalion and the woman (Galatea) married and lived happily ever after. As if by magic, everything Pygmalion desired of a woman came to him when Venus brought the statue to life. Enter Pygmalion in the workplace.

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Wed

15

May

2013

Eight Win Strategies To Try Before Saying The Dreaded Words, “You’re Fired!”

Donald Trump Saying, "You're Fired!"

Terminations initiated by the employer, also known as involuntary terminations, are not nearly as easy as Donald Trump makes them look on The Apprentice. In fact, involuntary terminations are oftentimes considered one of the most stressful acts that occur in the workplace. The idea of terminating can be so stressful that some managers will turn a blind eye to certain sub-par performers rather than confront them with such a definitive action.  

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Thu

02

May

2013

Why Would You Want To Leave?

When employees make the choice to voluntarily terminate, the first and most logical question employers ask is, “Why?” Sometimes the answer is unrelated to job dissatisfaction, such as retirement, relocation due to a spouse’s job, or because of a family situation. Other times the answer is clearly related to job dissatisfaction. This is where employers ask, “Why would you want to leave?”

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Wed

24

Apr

2013

Employees or Contractors – Which Way is the Right Way?

Congratulations on taking the next step to grow your business … bringing in help!  Making the choice to hire an employee or a contractor is something that requires a good deal of thought. It might not seem like it, but this is a big decision and one that can significantly impact your business now and well into the future.

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Thu

18

Apr

2013

Do I Really Need A Written Employee Handbook?

I was recently asked if a small (10-employee) company was legally required to have an employee handbook.  This business owner's concern, an attorney friend had told him that poorly documented policies could work against you in court.  Is this true?  

 

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Thu

04

Apr

2013

March Madness - Talk About A Culture!

A successful business culture is not just a random act. It is a conscious team effort that must be visible to all who become associated with the business.  This includes executives, employees, potential new hires, vendors, customers, shareholders, and any other stake- holders.  What kind of culture do you want for your business?  

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Thu

28

Mar

2013

What Makes YOU So Special?

A bad hire can cripple, even destroy your business, while a good hire can take your business farther than you ever imagined the business could go. How do you distinguish between the two?

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Thu

21

Mar

2013

Why Do You Do What You Do?

Do you know why you do what you do? Simon Sinek, author of ‘Start with Why’ says, “If you hire people just because they can do a job, they’ll work for your money. But if you hire people who believe what you believe, they’ll work for you with blood and sweat and tears.”

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Thu

14

Mar

2013

Compliance Corner - Form I-9

According to the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the updated Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13) is to be used immediately. They are, however, extending a 60-day grace period to employers to allow them time to update any electronic systems with the revised form. Effective May 7, 2013, only the Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13) should be used.

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Wed

06

Mar

2013

Do Employees Really Understand Their Cost to the Employer?

When an employer implements an effective total rewards strategy, employees respond with higher job satisfaction, they become more engaged, and ultimately more productive. This, in turn, means a higher return on your human investment.

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Thu

28

Feb

2013

Tattoos and Piercings? Not in My Office!

As Millennials continue to enter the workforce, companies will be challenged to consider whether appearance is so important that it overtakes the company’s desire to hire based on a person’s qualifications. Is it OK to disqualify a candidate because of their visible tattoos or piercings?

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Wed

20

Feb

2013

To Dress, or Not to Dress: That is the Question

Maybe you don’t have to worry about employees coming to work in flashy, risqué evening gowns, but you may have to deal with other wardrobe and general appearance faux pas.  Sure we have to consider multi-generational differences and want to allow our employees the opportunity to be self-expressive.  That does not, however, mean we must allow them to dress inappropriately. 

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Wed

13

Feb

2013

Valentine’s Day May Cost You More Than a Box of Chocolates

When a relationship ends badly, it could lead to a claim of sexual harassment and retaliation from one of the previously consenting parties. It could also lead to a hostile work environment claim from another worker who believes there is favoritism resulting from the relationship.

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