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Way back in 2013, we knew that things were changing. That was when the California Legislature enacted legislation that would raise the minimum wage for the entire state. They proposed a two-step process, with the first being an increase to $9.00 an hour in January of 2014, and the second step now just a few months away – kicking off in January of 2016. So what’s changing, and what do you need to know in order to ensure your company remains in compliance? Show Me the Money The most obvious…   read more...
You want to know how to get a bunch of HR people in a tizzy? Tell them one of their managers has been failing to provide appropriate accommodations to an employee with disabilities. Just like that, you’ll see them rushing to their computers to type up memos and frantically calling for sensitivity trainings. Why is this such a hot button issue? Well, for one – discrimination of any kind is wrong. But in addition to that, disability discrimination can get a company into a lot of trouble. And…   read more...
Most of us would like to believe that creating a harassment free environment is common sense to the supervisors we hire – but time and again, companies find themselves shocked and dismayed by the inappropriate actions of those under their employment. Yes, it is possible for you to hire a manager who will commit quid pro quo harassment. And it’s not uncommon to hire an employee who fancies him or herself a comedian, but all too often veers into off-color comedy in the break room. These things…   read more...
One bad apple. They say that’s all it takes. Just one bad apple to spoil the whole bunch. It’s one of the reasons hiring managers are so careful about selecting the right candidate for any given job opening – because you never want to be unintentionally introducing that one bad apple into your workforce. The problem? Even if you make the perfect hiring selections, all employees are susceptible to turning at some point. A few bad encounters with a supervisor, or feeling consistently…   read more...
Nerd. Recluse. Loner. Over the years, these are all terms that have been applied to introverts – those people who are more likely to stay home on a Friday night with Netflix and a pizza, rather than heading out into the world for socializing and drinks. The truth is, there are many variations of introverts, some of whom you would never even suspect as being just that. The classic definition of an extrovert vs. an introvert is that extroverts derive their energy from being around other people,…   read more...
Bullying. If you have kids between the ages of 5 and 15, you know that this is currently the buzzword being routinely uttered and discussed by all parents. Bullying is a big deal, and protecting our kids from bullies (or ensuring they don’t become the bullies) is a hot topic. But what about protecting your employees? Wait… what? Are we talking about grown adults, being bullied like grade-schoolers? Well, yes. And no. Workplace bullying isn’t exactly the same as what you might expect to find…   read more...
Everyone loves California. The glitz, glamour and beaches; it’s no wonder that people travel all over the world to vacation in the state we call home. Which means that all of us, are living the dream! But with all that desirable California sunshine (and the beach glow outsiders so desperately yearn for) comes hazards that those in less sunshiny states don’t have to worry about. Most notably, heat illness. Now, not everyone has seen or experienced heat illness, but when it comes to employees…   read more...
Ah, performance reviews. The time of year most supervisors loathe. Typically because it involves a lot of paperwork mucking up your other daily tasks, and because… no one likes to be the bearer of bad news. But performance reviews don’t have to be that awful. Sure, they are probably never going to be your favorite part of the job, but there are definitely ways you can make them less painful. Create an Environment of Ongoing Discussion First of all, an annual performance review should never be…   read more...
Let’s face it, we live in a litigious society. In the context of hiring, there is a lot that can get you into trouble these days - even when you think you are doing everything by the book to protect your company. Hiring the wrong person for the right reasons can open you up to just as many issues as not hiring the right person for the wrong reasons. So let’s talk about how checking references can help – so long as you do it the right way. The Argument for Checking Checking references can…   read more...
Trust. It’s one of those crucial components we all know to be necessary for healthy, functioning relationships to grow and thrive. All relationships, really. Romantic relationships, friendships, familial relationships, and yes – work relationships. If you want your employees to provide their best work and follow your leadership, you need to first earn their trust. So how disheartening is it to hear that 1 in 4 workers don’t trust their employers? That’s according to a study by the American…   read more...
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