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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...
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...
Ahhhh, tax season. It’s everyone’s favorite time of year, right? OK, let’s be real – most people don’t love tax season. And small business owners are often among those dreading this time of year the most. After all, filing as a business requires a substantial attention to detail – and small businesses don’t always have people on staff that are up to the task. It can be stressful compiling all the necessary information, and the fear of coming out the other end owing money is always lingering.…   read more...
We’ve had our fair share of “outbreaks” recently, with both Ebola and Measles sending people into a panic. But as a company leader with employees to account for, you know these highly publicized outbreaks don’t pose near the same threat to your office productivity as the employee who refuses to stay home when suffering from less severe illnesses. It doesn’t take the Measles to threaten taking out your workforce. Even an employee showing up with the flu or a nasty cold could be spreading germs…   read more...
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