Human Resource Blog

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

Human Resource Blog

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

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Winter is coming – is your business ready?

No, we’re not the Starks from “Game of Thrones”, but winter IS coming. Is your business ready to manage through inclement weather and all that goes with it? According to a Travelers Insurance survey of small businesses, almost 44 percent have no plan in place to keep the business going in case of a severe weather event.

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Dress codes reflect your company culture

Times have changed since charcoal three piece suits (with only white or blue shirts) and bow tie blouses were the expectation for professionals at work. In some industries they still stand, but for the most part working attire has evolved to a more casual mode. Dress codes reflect and reinforce your company culture, so it is important that you be intentional about your choices – and your range of tolerance.

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Harassment and sexual assault in the workplace

It started with one woman’s willingness to speak out about an incident of sexual assault by a colleague. Next several media celebrities discovered that harassment and assault can cut short even a storied career. Now more and more people, mostly women but not all, some...

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When poor performance stems from addiction

Your business needs to have a drug policy as part of your employee handbook, and in addition you may want to consider engaging an EAP (employee assistance program) for employees to access confidentially. They may be using, and although their substance use has not yet appeared in workplace results, it is of concern to them. We can help you with this aspect of your handbook and advise you on drug testing policies, emergency procedures for your business site, etc.

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9 tips for sharing the worst news in the best way

One of the toughest communication situations is when you have to share bad news. If you're a "feeler" type of person your empathy for the other person - and your own emotions about the news - might make it a task you dread. If you're more of a "thinker" type of person...

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Stop the blaming, start problem solving

Strategy creates the foundation, management systems create the internal operating environment, and operational systems get things done. It’s like a giant bowl of Jell-O – when you poke it in one spot the rest of the gelatin will start to wiggle. If you tinker with one area without considering the interrelated nature of these three components you can expect to see reverberations.

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Where do you find your future leaders?

Specialization is a luxury that smaller businesses cannot afford. So it follows that the decisions for selecting quality people become more, not less, important in small business. Where do you find your future leaders?

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4 Types of Discrimination in Recruiting

When hiring, being inclusive demonstrates that you see the value of diversity in your business. But more than that, discrimination in recruiting is ILLEGAL. And there are 4 types of potential discrimination that might arise in your hiring process.

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Start off right with a good orientation

When you announce that you are hiring, often your position is already open. Add in the time to advertise the position, then to interview candidates, you might consume 2-4 weeks. Once you select your candidate, if they are giving notice at their current job, you might consume another 2-3 weeks before the employee is on site at your business.  You might be feeling the pain of that open position, but don’t rush the person into that slot.  Start off right with a good orientation.

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8 Ways to Find Great Employees

It will take time,digging, testing, interviewing, and taking a hard look at what you really value in a team member. You will find more details on the testing and interviewing elements in our Recruiting Guideline. In the meantime, consider these options for where to find these rare gems…

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Fire Drills – A Lifesaving Routine

OSHA doesn’t require your business to conduct fire drills, but your insurance company might. During stressful situations people react automatically – this means that you want every employee to have fire procedures so ingrained that they immediately respond with them.

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Yesterday you were Joe or Jane – today you’re the boss!

This is about the perceptions of the other people who interact with you, and about their assumptions regarding leadership and leaders. Whether you asked for it or not, you’re now in charge and you need to know that your words and actions have more impact than they had yesterday – because you’re now in charge

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