Cell Phones at Work: How You Can Minimize the Addiction

Technological advancements in recent years have had vastly positive impacts in the workplace. However, they can also be distracting and pull your employees away from day to day tasks. Global tech company Asurion conducted a study that found we check our cell phones an average of 80 times a day. That is every 12 minutes! With that being said, what can you do to help employees stay focused and limit their cell phone use during work hours?

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Marijuana at Work: What You Need to Know

With the New Year came the passing of Proposition 64; which legalizes Californians to recreationally consume cannabis marijuana on private property, carry up to an ounce and grow up to six plants. This new enforcement has the potential to cause confusion with what your rights may or may not be. What steps do you need to take to avoid conflict or confusion in regards to marijuana in the workplace?

Read further for 3 tips to addressing the new laws and how they may affect you:READ MORE

Employee Deal Breakers and What You Need to Know

There are a million different reasons why an employee would leave their job. A recent BambooHR study revealed that opportunity for advancement, recognition, work-life balance, and competitive salaries are among the top reasons employees leave for competitors. With the average cost of employee turnover at 21% of their salary, what can you do to ensure this doesn’t happen to your team members?

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Compliance Trends to Watch For In 2018

3 Compliance Trends to Put On Your Radar


Yet again, it’s time for our annual review of trends and events that will impact ethics and compliance in the year ahead. Events may be unfolding in surprising ways, but the beginning of a new year is always a perfect time to take stock of where we’ve been and to plan ahead. It’s a time to regain perspective, to re-energize, and to refocus on the future for your workplace. How will you meet the challenges of the New Year and beyond?

Read on for important compliance trends to watch:


Saying Goodbye to 2017

What’s Out and What’s In for 2018

I have written many Year-End articles over the years to keep everyone informed of what we have to look forward to in the New Year, and it never gets old. From ever-changing company benefits, new wage and hour laws, to managing the new Millennial workforce, it’s been a very busy year! In light of this, I would like to share with you the ever-reliable SHRM’s comprehensive list of this year’s “ins and outs”:


     Out: Recruiting                                                            In: Talent Acquisition

Click here for SHRM’s 2018 forecast.


I hope you enjoy our weekly Pointer, the Professional Career Placements team loves being your informational source. We wish you Happy Holidays and a prosperous New Year!

3 Quick Tips to Help You Stand Out in a Group Interview

Set Yourself Apart From the Crowd


The only thing more nerve wracking than an in-person interview is a group interview. Group interviews can include multiple interviewers and multiple candidates. The purpose of this style of interview is to see how you interact with others, how you demonstrate your skills in a group, and how you solve problems under pressure. If you find yourself in this setting, your main goal is to set yourself apart from the rest and secure a second interview or a direct job offer. How do you remain smooth and confident?


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3 Situations to Pay Attention To

Sexual Harassment: 3 Workplace Issues


Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination that violates the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Sexual harassment occurs when one employee makes continued, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature to another employee against his or her wishes. This issue is making the news a lot these days, it is imperative you know how to proceed when it occurs in your office. How well do you understand when to take action?


 Read on for important information on how to handle sexual harassment:


Smart Tips for Holiday Work Parties

Tis the Season for Holiday Parties!

Are you on the fence about providing alcohol: beer, wine, or spirits for employees to drink at company events? You want your staff to enjoy your work-sponsored events, but you also want to keep your employees safe. It is possible to join the nearly 60% of businesses that have implemented a policy that encourages both responsibility and entertainment just in time for the holidays!


Read on for 3 tips to designing your company Alcohol Policy:


Top 3 Tips to Beat Stress This Holiday Season

How to Balance Work and the Holidays


With the holidays in full swing it can be hard to find time to take a break when we’re spending more time with loved ones, planning parties and cooking, or shopping for gifts. That being said, over 56% of people surveyed reported that work is their primary source of stress; adding holiday season mania to the mix can lead to complete burn out.


Read on for 3 tips to beat stress this season:READ MORE

3 Steps Savvy People Take When Starting a New Project

3 Steps to Less Stress and More Productivity

When tackling a new or important project, starting is typically the hardest part. Some employees get stuck in analysis paralysis while putting together their game plan. Other workers may begin their project without a plan, crossing their fingers that things will work out along the way. Setting yourself up for success is a breeze with a little structure and forethought. How do you get a new project off to a solid start?


Read on for 3 tips to get a new project started the right way: