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This may come as no shock to you but: the world we are living in right now is B-A-N-A-N-A-S but one thing that can get us through this fruit salad we call 2018: kindness. Inc Magazine reports that science (yes SCIENCE!) explicitly proves that being kind to others makes us happier and happy people at work are 12% more productive than unhappy people. So be happier, be more productive, and as a bonus, pass that kindness along to the rest of your team as a better leader!read more
Obvious fact: you want to make sure your employees are taken care of.
Not so obvious fact: some of them might be suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Possibly even shocking fact: your workers’ compensation plan may cover PTSD treatment.
Want to learn more about PTSD in the workplace and what treatment options are available? Our friends at the Iowa Association of Business and Industry and their friend Juli Jenkins at LMC Insurance and Risk Management have some good basic info for everybody.
* In Real Liferead more
An individual is “disabled” under the terms of the statute if they have a “physical or mental impairment” that “substantially limits” one or more major life activities.**
That's a lot of quotation marks, which typically means BEWARE!
Rick and Myka provide some examples and some practical lessons, including:
** Of course, employees might also be considered disabled under the ADA if the employer regards them as being so impaired or has a record of such impairment, but for the purposes of this article, we’ll focus on the questions surrounding whether they actually have that kind of impairment.read more
Texas two-step, three-step waltz, tango four-step, five-step cha-cha-cha!
All require coordination, dedication, teamwork, discipline.
As does the six-step DOL audit polka, which Carol Barnett from Polsinelli expands upon:
Name a benefit that employees want, doesn't cost anything, reduces paperwork and can boost morale and productivity.
Paid time off.
But there are potential downsides and questions you need to ask (and more important, answer) before announcing this wonder benefit to your staff. Kat Cunningham, president of Moresources Inc. lays them out for you.read more
Everyone has rules for the workplace: don't take stuff that isn't yours from the refrigerator, don't let your stuff rot in the refrigerator, don't pretend your desk drawer is a refrigerator. On June 6, the National Relations Labor Board created new rules for work rules, grouping them into three categories and providing examples of acceptable language.
Category 1: Rules that are generally lawful to maintain
Category 2: Rules that warrant individualized scrutiny
Category 3: Rules that are unlawful to maintainread more
OK, so your Mom told you not to hate anyone, but raise your hand if millennials do cause you angst, Weltschmerz (word-a-day baby!), and/or an occasional shake of the head?
They are also changing everything, including in the workplace: sharing their salary (horrors), needing constant feedback (think Johnny 5 input), transforming googol from a number to company to a verb (and misspelling it), and learning online instead of in a stuffy unlit conference room (actually, I'll take the Starbucks wi-fi, coffee and a slice of the iced gingerbread loaf).
Patricia Dammenn helps you understand what millennials crave in the workplace, and what you can do to keep them hanging around.
Well, maybe he didn't necessarily write the job description, more like he personalized it.
And a personalized job description should make for a more engaged employee, n'est-ce pas?
Vivek Patel from SAP shares in the Harvard Business Review something that all of us know, whether HR specialist or not: employees are engaged by engaging jobs. And the best way to make sure that each job is engaging to each employee is to fit jobs to employees instead of fitting employees to jobs.
The best time to apply job personalization? The best candidates? The best approach?
And who is Bartleby the scrivener?read more
Everybody likes morning treats. So every Thursday during the summer, I visit Stasha at my Farmer's Market and bring in fresh baked goodies for everyone. My many years of visits earn me a bonus goodie, like a prune kolaczki or paczki filled with Bavarian cream.
Never with laxatives.
But what if a disgruntled employee did bring, perhaps brownies that were, say, laced with, you know, laxatives and the employer got a tip that such was the case?
Shelby Skeabeck at Shawe Rosenthal wondered just that and suggests lessons which can be learned and applied to just such a situation (and to non-laxative circumstances as well):
It's almost summertime, which means hiring teenagers, the heat is on the way, and the summertime blues.
So if you are considering hiring a teen / youth / minor / kid / adolescent / whippersnapper, be sure the heat is not the US DOL and the blues aren't fines and the possibility of jail time. Natasha Sarah-Lorraine Banks at Fisher Phillips suggests:
There's more in the full blog, including no-can-do occupations and an age restriction matrix.read more
We found this article by @evilhrlady (Suzanne Lucas) quite interesting, and we thought you would too.
"The problem is, savings or not, emergencies happen. Car accidents, broken furnaces, or an emergency room visit for a sick child. Not having the money to cover these things causes your employees stress."
Read the rest of the article here: so, is that worth $56 every six months?read more
I remember a single panel comic from many years ago – sweaty members of the Constitutional Convention were discussing including the right to bare arms (try as I did, I was unable to find the comic – if you know where I can find it I would appreciate an email). With summer slowly approaching, and the air conditioning in our office still not functional, I can see us invoking that unwritten Amendment.
Regardless of your Second Amendment views, employee safety is and should be an expectation, for employees, customers and vendors. So how do you make that happen?
One option is to arm a few trained managers. SHRM answers these five questions (and more):
Also, don't forget to check your HR Library for state-specific information, including policies and forms or click here to choose your state if you aren't already a subscriber.read more
One of our favorite bloggers, Robin Shea at Constangy (Constangy is the author of one of our Georgia resources) put together a quick 7 question true/false, multiple choice quiz on #MeToo. This is open book (so open that the answers are conveniently provided along with the questions) because we don’t care about what grade you get, just that you stay out of jail.
Bonus: Robin includes a link to her Mother’s Day employment law quiz from last year, which is a timed essay (kidding).read more