Employee References

As an employer, you have a right to inquire into a potential employee’s work-related background. In responding to such inquiries, it can be legal to provide both positive and negative information regarding a former employee, as reference givers are protected under the legal doctrine of “qualified privilege.” When does providing a negative reference cross the line and become illegal?

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Respect & Gratitude in the Workplace

March 4 was National Employee Appreciation Day! Did you thank your employees this week? Gratitude and appreciation can be powerful motivators, especially in the workplace. Displaying this in the office is an effective way to boost morale and reinforce a culture of respect and appreciation. However, many leaders hesitate to show their appreciation. How can you create a culture of appreciation in your workplace?

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Workplace Violence: Avoidance and Preparation

Unfortunately, the threat of violence in our workplaces is a reality we must be aware of. In June of 2017, a UPS worker opened fire on his co-workers in San Francisco, killing four people. According to the US Bureau of Labor statistics, a shocking two million US workers reported being a victim of violence at work. In light of these and recent violent incidents, it’s important for HR professionals to know how to properly train and manage employees. 

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Workplace Meetings: Tips on Productivity & Efficiency

Workplace meetings are a standard procedure with all companies and help keep employees on task and well-informed. While some feel meetings are essential, others feel they are a waste of time. Yet, all can agree that communication is crucial to run a successful company. Research shows there is significant correlation between successful team performance and meetings. However, it is easy for a meeting to fall into an unproductive state and become too long. Time saved in meetings can give you and your team more availability to focus on the tasks at hand. How can you make the most of out of your business meetings?

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Tips to Overcome Set-backs

“No more tomorrows. Today is the day.”

 

In life it seems that set-backs, big or small, are a given part of the road to success. From job hunting to career changes, we understand life can be challenging and sometimes our morning coffee just isn’t cutting it. Mistakes and hardships can help enable growth, but how can we approach and cope with life’s missteps?

 

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Multigenerational Workplace: Creating Cohesiveness

From traditionalists to millennials, there is a wide variety of age groups coinciding in the workplace. These generations, which are roughly 50 years apart, share the same workplace and collaborate as team members to keep your company running. Because of the vast age differences, there may be challenges in how multigenerational workers coexist. How can you avoid challenges and manage a cohesive team of multigenerational workers?

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Retain Top Talent; Keep Your Employees Engaged!

The key to sustaining your company’s growth heavily relies on the engagement of your employees. In Gallup’s latest State of the American Workplace Report, only 33% of employees are engaged at work. Your company has successfully hired top talent candidates and in order to retain them you should aid in helping them feel appreciated, respected and worthwhile. What steps can you take to put an action plan into place to keep employees engaged and retain your top talent?

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Interviewing Candidates: Providing Feedback

Being able to provide a candidate with a concrete reason as to why they are not being invited for the next round of interviews, or, why they did not get the position is extremely important for a positive candidate experience. When weeks go by from an initial interview and the company does not get back to candidates with any answers or feedback, it is hard to keep the candidate engaged and feeling positive about your company. In a Talent Trends report conducted by LinkedIn, 83% of employees surveyed expressed that a negative interview experience could change their minds about a company they previously liked. What can you do to help keep a candidate confident and positive about their interview process?

 

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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?

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