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Paying Employees When Weather Closes the Doors

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September 2017 Paying Employees When Weather Closes the Doors  By Jeffrey W. Brecher, David E. Block, Richard I. Greenberg and Daniel J. Jacobs In the wake of Hurricane Harvey and the looming threat of Irma and the havoc they have and will cause, undoubtedly, many businesses have been damaged or destroyed while others have closed…

Work Burnout Is a (Preventable) Epidemic

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    September 2017 Work Burnout Is a (Preventable) Epidemic  By Dawn Burke I loved french fries. When I was in college, for about one semester, I worked at a local fast food chain. Pretty much every meal I had during my shifts included french fries. After a few months of a diet consisting of…

Never Overlook PTO as a Recruiting Tool

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    September 2017 Never Overlook PTO as a Recruiting Tool  By Lyla Rozelle Although Americans are notoriously bad for not taking their vacation time—even when they’ve accrued it–paid time off (PTO) remains one of the most attractive benefits employers can offer. So, when you’re hiring, don’t underestimate its importance as a recruiting tool. Having…

Can You Terminate Employees Who Don’t Fit Into Your Culture?

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August 2017 We want to terminate an employee who doesn’t fit with our culture. Can we do this?  By HRisEasy.com Question: We want to terminate an employee who doesn’t fit with our culture. Can we do this? Do you foresee any issues? Answer from Kyle, PHR: First things first, check your policies and any correspondence…

4 Ways to Build Purpose in the Workplace

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August 2017 4 Ways to Build Purpose in the Workplace  By Blake Beus Let’s think about purpose. You might see it as an uncertain topic, and while it is difficult to quantify, purpose is at the heart and soul of great endeavors. If you seek it, meaning will come alive in your work. It’s not…

Why an Age Diverse Workplace Is Important

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By Valerie Grubb     Everyone’s talking about workplace diversity today, and for good reason: when you expand the range of perspectives, experiences, and characteristics of your team, you also extend your reach toward innovation and overall excellence. But gender and ethnicity dominate many of the discussions about diversity—and companies need to start talking more…

When Does An Employee’s I-9 Form Need to be Updated?

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July 2017 When Does An Employee’s I-9 Form Need Updated?  By Strategic Human Resources, Inc. Question: I have an employee who was recently married and changed her name.  Does she need to complete a new I-9 form with her new name? Answer: When an employee changes their name (legally) employers are not required to complete…

Considerations for Leadership Transitions

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July 2017 Considerations for Leadership Transitions  By Sharlyn Lauby   A key theme during this year’s Great Place to Work Conference was developing talent. Are organizations asking their managers the question, “What are you doing to develop talent? And specifically, your replacement?”. I’ve always felt the primary role of a manager is to hire and…

10 Basic Skills that Every Manager Should Have

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June 2017 10 Basic Skills that Every Manager Should Have By Sharlyn Lauby   There are many skills that managers can learn on the job. For example, they can learn how to approve time cards, the key elements in an employment law, or the steps in conducting a good interview. But there are some basic…

Rethink How We Reskill Workers for the Future

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June 2017 Rethink How We Reskill Workers for the Future By John Bourdreau Recent data suggests that about 7.4 million workers were displaced between January 2013 and December 2015. That’s down from 9.5 million between 2011-2013, reflecting improving economic conditions. Freelance platforms, such as Uber, Lyft and TaskRabbit, can be thanked in part for the…