HR Blog by hrsimple and friends


Did Bartleby the scrivener write his own job description?

June 12th, 2018 by hrsimple

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 ...



"Treating" disgruntled or bad behaving employees

June 12th, 2018 by Shelby S. Skeabeck at Shawe Rosenthal

This blog was written by Shelby S. Skeabeck at Shawe Rosenthal, which authors our Maryland Human Resources Manual. You can find the original blog post here and their Labor & Employment Report newslet...



Ain't no cure for the summertime blues (especially when hiring those under the age of 18)

June 12th, 2018 by Natasha Sarah-Lorraine Banks at Fisher Phillips

This blog was written by Natasha Sarah-Lorraine Banks at Fisher Phillips, which authors several of our resources. You can find the original here and their Wage and Hour Laws Blog here.



DO NOT LICK THE BRAIN! and other obvious stuff

June 12th, 2018 by Fiona W. Ong at Shawe Rosenthal

This blog was written by Fiona Ong at Shawe Rosenthal, author of our Maryland Human Resources Manual. You can find the original blog post here and their Labor & Employment Report newsletter (which is excellent) he...



Helping your employees save for emergencies

June 14th, 2018 by Suzanne Lucas

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 wort...



Right to bare arms in the workplace

June 14th, 2018 by hrsimple

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 a...



#MeToo quiz

June 12th, 2018 by hrsimple

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&rsqu...



Under standing desks

June 12th, 2018 by Holly Mancl and Howard Mavity at Fisher Phillips

This blog was written by Holly N Mancl and Howard A. Mavity at Fisher Phillips, which authors several of our resources. You can find the original here and their On the Front Lines Workplace Law Newsletter (which is excellent) 



How to approach an employee showing signs of cognitive decline

June 12th, 2018 by Sofija Anderson at Littler

This blog was written by Sofija Anderson at Littler. Littler authors our Model Policies and Forms for Maine Employers. You can find the original blog post here and Littler's series of Dear Littler questions and answers (which is very helpful)&...



Dress codes should not be encoded

June 12th, 2018 by hrsimple

Translation: lay it all out ahead of time (dress code pun) and be clear. The Hartford Small Business Ahead blog provides five tips: Have an answer for "Why not?" other than "Because your



Foul language *

June 12th, 2018 by hrsimple

* This blog is about profanity. For "fowl language" see below. Foul language comes in various colors, intensities and tones, with just as many i...



Rorschach, Horshack and Abednego

June 12th, 2018 by hrsimple

Rorschach, Horshack and Abednego The phrase above tumbled out of my head as I read this blog post from our partners at Troutman Sanders. Kind of went like this: Personality testing –> Rorschach –> Somebody, Meshach and Abenego –> somebod...



Don't ask a woman the gender of her child, especially. . .

June 12th, 2018 by hrsimple

A friend of mine, let's call him "Art" (because everyone else does), asked a woman on an elevator if she was having a girl or a boy. Turns out she wasn't pregnant. And it was an express elevator. Pregnancy is an issue, or more appropriately, the plural, issues, that most workplaces will have to deal with at some point, and the more help, maps, guidance, ...



Guidelines for a valid no-solicitation/no-distribution policy

June 12th, 2018 by Fiona W. Ong at Shawe Rosenthal

Guidelines for a Valid No-Solicitation/No-Distribution Policy This blog was written by Fiona Ong at Shawe Rosenthal, author of our Maryland Human Resources Manual. You can find the original blog post here and their Labor & Employmen...



All aboard the Love Train for long-term onboarding!

June 12th, 2018 by hrsimple

onboarding änˈbôrdiNG noun  getting a new employee up to speed as fast as possible so you can get back to work  the first step in learning how to surf; literally just staying on the surfboard by any means, often accompanied by the phrase "Hang one"