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Keeping employers up to date on the latest employment news, human resource laws, EEOC info, and much more.

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Keeping employers up to date on the latest employment news, human resource laws, EEOC info, and much more.

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8 Principles to Increase Employee Engagement

Trying to move your company forward without engaging employees is like walking an elderly Labrador Retriever that has arthritis and hip dysplasia. Your arm and shoulder become sore from all of the pulling (OK, dragging), progress is slow and you don’t get very far. Today’s post is about lighting a fire within employees, not under employees.

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Increased attention on immigration compliance

Department head Jack Morris didn’t provide a timeline for the increase in enforcement personnel when speaking to the American Immigration Lawyers Association recently, but said that it’s clear that ICE intends to conduct more audits of employer compliance with the requirements of form I-9. The Form I-9 is used to verify employees’ identities and their authorization to work legally in the United States.

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From Founder Led to Professionally Managed – Part 2

Your transition from founder-led to professionally managed won’t occur overnight, so it’s not too soon to begin thinking, or even to take some action steps. Do your homework early so you’ll know what to expect, what moves are most practical and feasible, and how long it will realistically take to implement your plan.

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From founder led to professionally managed – Part 1

We are not implying here that founders are not professional. Professionally managed as we’ll talk about it here means creating an infrastructure of leadership intended to sustain and grow the business beyond any one person – for the company to become an ongoing entity in and of itself.

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Play helps teams work better

When you are in the work mindset, you are likely to think in terms of right and wrong, succeed and fail, good and bad, and you are critical of mistakes. In contrast, when you are in the mindset of play, the judgment comes out of it. Your activity has been transformed by your mental shift into a learning process. For instance, when you play with blocks, this tower stands up, this tower doesn’t stand. You notice and learn. You discover that if you add this to the structure, you can make the tower even taller. No judgment is involved here – play is just test, measure (observe), and repeat. Continuous improvement happens because of experimentation, because of PLAY.

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Are you misusing independent contractors?

Some businesses are keeping costs low and procedures simple by hiring independent contractors. But watch out. If you misclassify or willfully misrepresent an employee as an independent contractor your business could be at risk of fines, back taxes, even legal action.

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Making peace with conflict at work

Disagreement is never going away in the workplace, nor should it. If everyone in the business is a “yes man” important factors can be missed in decision making. Bad decisions are the result if the process is like a speeding locomotive. rushing past dissent to a quick conclusion. If everyone around the table thinks in the same way about the same things, what is the reason to have multiple people around the table? Different perspectives, the stops in the momentum for the Devil’s Advocate, and the reminders to include certain factors in the process – differences make the output better.

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Mindlessness and stereotypes in your business

Discrimination in the workplace is illegal. Period. Yet the impact of increasing diversity is that you are met more and more with situations that have a bit more subtle dynamic. You might not be making hiring or promotion decisions about a person, but you and your company’s culture might be making and reflecting assumptions that are not accurate and not fair. Ultimately, if unchecked, mindlessness and stereotypes in your business can lead to unplanned turnover, reduced productivity, and even costly lawsuits.

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Why you hire, why you fire

You hire because a candidate has the skills and knowledge that you need, or because their experience and education serve as evidence of their ability to learn. But you fire because of their attitudes and habits. No matter the skills and knowledge, attitudes and habits can sink a career. Fortunately, there are things you can do about this problem.

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It’s not about the money

It’s not really about money, but money is the language you’re using. The worst thing you can do when you have money representing issues is to neglect discussing them, or to wait until you are faced with a money-related crisis. These issues won’t go away while they are being ignored. Instead, money problems accumulate like loose change on the dresser, and at some point, the pile of coins becomes too big to resolve without taking drastic action.

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You want better performance? Get SMART!

The creation of outstanding performance is a shared responsibility between you and the employee(s) you have been entrusted to manage. Are you seeing the results you want from your investment in your staff? There are things they need to bring to the table, like prior training and a can-do attitude. But your part of the performance equation is to structure the work so your employees can execute effectively. You want better performance? Get SMART!

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LGBT discrimination a growing category at the EEOC

LGBT discrimination has been a growing category among charges filed at the EEOC; in 2016 1,650 charges were resolved and $4.4 million were recovered by the EEOC on behalf of LGBT plaintiffs. And from the beginning of tracking of LGBT-related workplace discrimination suits, 4,000 cases were resolved, with a financial impact to employers of $10.8 million.

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