"technology and the internet" Blog Tag

Sometimes being an employer is a little like being a parent - you think you are supposed to be in control but then come to find out maybe not.

Chad Horton explains how the NLRB says maybe you can be the boss of them. At least some of the time.


Can you practice virtually firing someone?

August 21st, 2019

Robin Shea at Constangy

Thirty-five years after Max Headroom first invaded our reality with his virtual reality, you can fire him.

OK, you can't fire Max Headroom, but you can fire Barry Thompson. Barry was created by Talespin to provide the opportunity to practice soft skills, like firing, negotiating, even giving critical feedback.

And for those of you with a bit of a masochistic side, you can fire him as many times as you want. Just saying.

Robin Shea introduces you to Barry and wonders aloud a little bit. 

Biometrics in the Workplace

January 23rd, 2019

Karen Glickstein at Polsinelli

Biometrics in the workplace because it is scary for employers; it is scary for employees, it provides an additional level of security, it means taking steps to make sure you don't get sued, it requires implanting "a-device-that-you-won't-even-notice" in the forehead of each employee.

Karen Glickstein provides a list of seven YDGs (you-do-gigs) (pronounced "ya dig?" or the alternative "why dogs?" (to which I respond, "why not dogs?")) before you biometric up your workforce.

Cursing, surfing, weapons, gadgets – illegal, inappropriate or OK?

November 1st, 2018

Robin Shea at Constangy

It happens in almost every workplace almost every day: somebody swears or is on an iffy website or is carrying a knife (or worse) or is using their own (not secure) phone or computer to send off a quick business email or text.

So what is illegal, what is inappropriate and what is just not that a big a deal?

Robin Shea at Constangy has your answers (and answers your questions) at our November 14 webinar, “Not Suitable for Work?”

Credits available: SHRM and HRCI

Register here.

Public disclosure of confidential information is easier than you think

October 1st, 2018

Tina Syring at Cozen O'Connor

Just because you say something is confidential doesn't make it so. And just because an employee believes the information is confidential and thinks they are treating it as such, doesn't mean they are – think airport restaurant and an employee checking in with the office over the phone, including names, numbers and obstacles overcome in a series of sales meetings.

Tina Syring didn't just think it, she encountered it. Here's how she helps make it unencounterable.