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The Ongoing HR Challenge -- When Happy Isn't Enough! [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted by Brian Spence on May 12, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Happiness, satisfaction, and engagement -- they are all important factors that HR and Management Teams consider on a regular basis.  Or do they?  All too often, companies consider these terms to be interchangeable when in actuality they are really quite different.  An individual can be happy or satisfied without being truly "engaged” in their work or their organization.

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Topics: Career Advice, Management & Leadership, Employee Relations, Performance Management, Infographic

Today is All About CYA -- Celebrate Your Admin! [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted by Brian Spence on Apr 23, 2014 9:37:00 AM

The last full week of April marks the annual observance of Administrative Professionals week and the Wednesday of that week honors Administrative Professionals Day.  During this time period, if prompted to mention your favorite Administrative Professional, you may be quick to blurt out Karen Walker from "Will & Grace", Pam Beesly from "The Office", or maybe even Waylon Smithers from "The Simpsons".  However, before you speak, you may want to bestow that honor on someone a little closer to home.

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Topics: Management & Leadership, Employee Relations, Infographic

7 ACTION STEPS TO COMBAT WORKPLACE GOSSIP [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted by Brian Spence on Mar 17, 2014 2:19:00 PM

As much as we may want to pretend otherwise, we live in a world that is completely fascinated with the private lives of other people.  You might even admit that you've tuned into TMZ to watch the latest exploits of your favorite celebrity or gossiped a time or two about a close friend or coworker. 

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Topics: Management & Leadership, Employee Relations, Infographic

Relax & De-Stress - There's an App For That!

Posted by Brian Spence on Mar 11, 2014 8:30:00 AM

March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb and, with any luck, this article will help you to do the same with your stress level.  Whether it be your family, work, relationships, deadlines, health concerns. or any number of other stressful topics, do you often find yourself feeling tense and uptight?  You know you’re not alone. Read More

Topics: Employee Relations, Behavioral Health

Quick Manager Tips on Employee Appreciation

Posted by Brian Spence on Mar 7, 2014 8:00:00 AM

St. Patrick's Day aside, March marks a very important annual event in organizations across the country - Employee Appreciation Day!  Celebrated the first Friday in March, Employee Appreciation Day 2014 serves as an important reminder that nobody succeeds alone, we all have others that contribute to our individual and team accomplishments throughout our lives.

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Topics: Management & Leadership, Employee Relations, Infographic

Top 10 Employee Gifts From Their Boss [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted by Brian Spence on Dec 11, 2013 4:36:00 PM

While managers come in all shapes and sizes and bring with them different levels of experience and knowledge, there are absolutes to being an exceptional manager. The best gift you can give to your employees, not only during the holiday season but throughout the entire year, is to be an effective leader and mentor.  The truly exceptional managers care about the people on their team and realize that if they surround themselves with successful people, they in turn will be successful too.

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Topics: Management & Leadership, Employee Relations, Performance Management, Infographic

The Importance of Thanksgiving

Posted by Debra Loggia on Nov 28, 2013 4:00:00 PM

There was a funny cartoon on my Facebook wall this morning. It read "Black Friday: Because only in America, people trample others for sales exactly one day after being thankful for what they already have." You have to laugh because it's so true and I'm sure tomorrow night there will be news stories of police being called because shoppers were fighting over the last TV some store was giving away for $99. 

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Topics: Employee Relations

Haunted by Unnecessary Terminations This Halloween? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted by Brian Spence on Oct 28, 2013 3:11:00 PM

About to fire an employee? Hold on just one second.  Terminating an employee is very costly to an organization.  Loss of production, recruitment, training, lost sales, and onboarding costs are just some of the expenses that an organization has to endure when dealing with employee turnover. 

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Topics: Employee Relations, Performance Management, Staffing & Onboarding, Infographic

Asking Employees to do More Could be a Violation of FLSA

Posted by Lauren DiChiacchio on Oct 7, 2013 2:11:00 PM

In times of government shutdowns, furloughed employees and companies trying to do more with less, you may be asking a lot of your employees. But, what if you are asking too much and violating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)?

In a recent case, Heyen v. Safeway Inc, Linda Heyen sued Safeway after they terminated her employment as an assistant manager. She brought the suit to recover unpaid overtime pay, contending Safeway should have classified her as a "nonexempt" employee because she regularly spent more than 50 percent of her work doing "non-exempt" tasks such as bagging groceries and stocking shelves. The court agreed and awarded her overtime pay of $26,184.60 plus interest.

Safeway appealed, arguing that the court failed to properly account for hours, she simultaneously performed exempt and nonexempt tasks, i.e. actively managing the store while also concurrently performing some stocking and bagging of customer grocery purchases.

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Topics: Legal & Legislative, Employee Relations

Depression in the Workplace: Is it a Disability?

Posted by Lauren DiChiacchio on Sep 19, 2013 2:29:00 PM

In light of the recent shootings at the Washington Navy Yard, mental health is once again the topic of conversation in the media. And, it should be. The statistics are staggering. According to the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH), 6.7% of the U.S adult population suffers from depression. That translates into almost 20 million people. Of those cases, 30.4% of these cases are severe. Depression is the number one cause of disability in the world.

With those numbers, there is no question that as an HR Manager, you will have to understand the legalities around dealing with depression in the workplace.

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Topics: Legal & Legislative, Employee Relations, Performance Management

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