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Sexual Harassment and the 'Great Awakening': Now What?

Presenters: Victoria Lipnic, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; and Jonathan A. Segal, Duane Morris LLP 
View live: January 17, 2018, 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT (available for on-demand viewing through May 2017)

Program length: 60 minutes

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Because they had well-established policies and practices in place, many employers believed they had adequately addressed sexual harassment in their workplace. But a series of high-profile harassment allegations against leading figures in entertainment, the media, business and politics has served as a wakeup call for HR professionals, senior leaders,...


Want to Hire Employees with Grit? Ask this Interview Question



As someone who’s built, managed, and now advises hundreds of global talent acquisition teams, one question that repeatedly comes up is: How can we hire for “grit” - that quality of tenacity that ensures your next hire will stick it out through the good and bad times. 

And there will be bad times. We’ve all faced them ranging from a bad company quarter (or two or three) to a company acquisition.  In an era of over-inflated resumes and LinkedIn profiles how can you make sure the next hire isn’t just...


Employees Enjoy Benefits of the Holiday Season All Year Long at Flexible Workplaces



When Work Works Winners Get Creative with Time-Off and Teambuilding 


Most employees enjoy extra leave around the holiday season. In fact, 15 percent of organizations close their offices during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, according to the SHRM 2017 Holiday Schedules Survey. However, resourceful HR professionals, who create inventive benefits and implement effective workflex practices on a daily basis, can offer their employees more paid leave opportunities, teambuilding and other perks all year long.

Workflex is vital to an effective workplace and yields positive results...


Communication: The Feedback Sandwich




For anyone not familiar, the “feedback sandwich” is a description of a way to give employee feedback. It’s shorthand for the practice of giving negative or constructive feedback by wrapping it with positive compliments (the bread that contains the meat)

Some people are critical of this practice, suggesting that it’s dubious, manufactures, and distracts from the true meaning of the conversation – the criticism or negative feedback.

The problem we have is that it’s not in our DNA as humans to take time out to focus on...


Making Decisions About People



How can we make the best decision possible when choosing whom to hire (or befriend or date or commit ourselves to for one reason or another)? Is there a way to predict a candidate's future behavior or performance on the job? As you may be aware, thousands of companies purport to do exactly this, using a variety of methods from resume keyword matching to background checks to video interviews to assessments to even handwriting analysis—called graphology—to predict a job candidate's future on-the-job success. Graphology has been relatively popular in parts...


#Nextchat: The Balance that Creates an Amazing Candidate Experience



Recruiting technologies that have emerged over the past few years have been a boon for HR when it comes to unloading many of the burdensome administrative tasks that accompany the hiring process. However, with all this new technology, companies can run the risk of alienating the candidate with a cold and impersonal experience. Balance is needed.

Finding, winning and keeping the right candidate these days requires a mix of the technology that makes the process easier for both recruiter and job seeker and maintains a consistent level of meaningful, human interaction.  ...


Friends Do NOT Let Friends Engage in Harassing Conduct


As a result of the “great awakening” last year of the persistence and pervasiveness of sexual harassment, we all know that more must be done to tackle this scourge.  Companies are looking to enhance their preventive efforts, and, of course, that must start at the top.

To minimize the burden on victims, employers are empowering “bystanders.” For examples, employers are—or should be--modifying their anti-harassment complaint procedures to the extent necessary to make clear that an employee does not have to be the object of unacceptable conduct to raise a concern. Employees can...


Getting a Good Night's Sleep Easy as Z-Z-Z…



Most people understand the negative effects improper sleep quantity can have on their daily activities. We’ve all heard a fellow employee say how they just need their five or six hours per night to function well the next day.

Adults are recommended by the National Sleep Foundation to get anywhere between seven and nine hours of sleep per night, so it’s already evident we don’t get enough on a regular basis. What most people don’t understand is that proper sleep quality is just as important as quantity – and can be just as troublesome if...


Satisficing Versus Optimizing: Making your Choice



Shopping is a process that people either tend to enjoy or hate.  I'll go out on a limb and say that some people enjoy shopping less than others.  As a result, those who like to shop may choose to optimize when they shop while the others may choose to satisfice.  What does this mean and what are the implications for the workplace?

Nobel prize winner Herb Simon developed the theory of Bounded Rationality and this theory has been given the tag "satisficing", meaning that when people make decisions they sometimes...