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Despite steady corporate growth, businesses cut back on festivities, one survey finds
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December 25, 2014

In July 2014, Littler published its third annual Executive Employer Survey, which examined how the nation’s largest employers are being affected by current economic conditions and regulatory changes. 

Not surprisingly, the survey found an increase in the number of employers whose employees are so disenchanted and disengaged that they’re suing their companies more aggressively, primarily for discrimination and harassment.

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August 27, 2014


A Chicago company recently made national headlines for installing a system that monitors employee bathroom breaks. If you haven’t seen the story, you can check it out here.

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August 25, 2014

Should leaders tell employees they have high potential?

There are pros and cons to doing so.

The advantages to telling select employees that they have high potential include:

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August 14, 2014


ORLANDO, FLA.--Let’s say you work at “The Happiest Place on Earth.” What’s your two-word employee mission?

Well, predictably, it’s “create happiness.” And while it may sound simple, creating an environment where more than 60,000 workers strive to do that each and every day is nothing short of a Herculean task for Walt Disney World’s HR department. It requires teaching employees to go above and beyond, to prepare for the unexpected, to lead by example, and to always—always—make it look fun.

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August 7, 2014

Trust is a big issue in business. If employees do not trust leadership, problems ensue. If leadership doesn’t trust employees, micromanagement runs rampant. Priorities are shifted from what is really important to drive the business to what must be done to keep an eye on employees.

Trust is a powerful thing.

June 2, 2014

This week on HR Cinema, we’re going to look at one of my personal favorite movies from the 80s (possibly because TNT and USA played it 4 times a day when I was at a very impressionable age), Road House starring the one and only Patrick Swayze.  Just in case you missed this fantastic example of 80s cinema, here’s the IMDB summary:

May 29, 2014

Is it gossip to spread the news that Ted and Rachel are getting married before Ted and Rachel have announced so publicly?
Is it gossip to speculate whether Carol in accounting is expecting her second child?

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March 3, 2014

At Google’s offices in Chicago, swinging benches, the kind you see on porches, are suspended from the ceilings, painted bright primary colors and positioned around the two-story workspace. 

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February 20, 2014

Conflicting priorities, convoluted or outdated protocols, and mutual frustrations largely due to budget cuts and time constraints can hamper relations between HR and line managers. But there are things that can be done by those on both sides to quell the animosity and reduce the inefficiencies inherent to such situations, according to a recent report and experts on the subject.

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February 12, 2014

What does it take to be an effective leader in today’s workplaces?  It’s a long list; however, one trait that will always appear at the top is being present.  Leaders have to get out of their offices and walk around so that they get to know their employees, professionally and personally.

To express sincere interest in an employee’s livelihood and well-being shows care and compassion, which, in turn, builds trust.  And trust encourages greater engagement and loyalty. 

January 28, 2014

The Future of the Human Resource Profession

Presenter: Anna Tavis, Ph.D., HR People & Strategy (HRPS) 

January 28, 2014 - 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT 
Program length: 60 minutes

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January 20, 2014

Morale boosters can lift workers out of January slump 

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January 2, 2014

My post title is missing its normal, and grammatically incorrect, double exclamation points ( !! ) for a reason this week. I had the most amazing experience and just had to share it with you !! (oops, there they are)

November 12, 2013

There once was a shepherd boy who was bored as he sat on the hillside watching the village sheep. To amuse himself he took a great breath and sang out, "Wolf! Wolf!

November 11, 2013

Gallup released it's "State of the Global Business" report for 2013. The results are unbelievable.

According to Gallup:

1. Worldwide, only 13% of Employees are Engaged at work. 
2. The Actively Disengaged outnumber the Engaged 2 to 1 in the workplace.

So, if 2 of every 10 of your employees are engaged you are an above average organization?

More people hate their job than those who love it?

Are you willing to accept that?

...because I'm not!

November 7, 2013

Humor can inspire trust, advance careers, boost company reputation 

At Zappos.com, the online shoe business, the person answering calls is not the “receptionist”; he’s the “director of first impressions.”

At Texas-based BerylHealth, where health care workers advise clients by telephone, the company pairs employees with executives in a spoof of “Dancing with the Stars.”

And at San Diego-based Red Door Interactive, a business consultancy, one of the core values is this: “We are 100 percent jerk-free.”

October 24, 2013

HR managers are constrained when workers quit without notice

 At many companies, employees are told they must give two weeks’ notice before leaving their job.

But is a notice of any kind required? And if someone walks out the door suddenly—leaving deadlines hanging and colleagues in the lurch—is there anything an HR professional can do?

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October 11, 2013

“An employee's motivation is a direct result of the sum of interactions with his or her manager.” - Bob Nelson

But what if there are no interactions because – as a manager - you spend 90% of your time dealing with 10% of the employee population?   

October 7, 2013

SHRM research shows that concerns about favoritism, claims of sexual harassment and retaliation lead some employers to prohibit some workplace romances.

If you’re looking for love in all the wrong places, one of those places could be work.

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September 27, 2013