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The American Heart Association reports that more than 154 million U.S. adults are overweight or obese. And according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, about 39 percent of U.S. employees say they work in white-collar professions, which can mean spending a lot of time sitting at a desk.

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August 7, 2013

A Golden Corral buffet chef’s embarrassing video—showing raw burgers prepped for the grill and stored next to an outside dumpster—went viral last week, raising this question: How do companies convince employees to use internal reporting channels instead of the Internet to expose unethical company practices?

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July 26, 2013
The majority of our days are spent with people in some form or fashion.  In the workplace, you encounter people in many situations and often with different outcomes.  Even though we spend the bulk of our time at work, we don’t really have “deep” relationships.
July 24, 2013
CHICAGO--The numbers are startling: 40 percent of executives fail in new positions in the first 18 months.
That adds up to considerable financial costs for a company that must search for and retrain someone else—not to mention what it costs the organization in terms of credibility, consistency and continuity.
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July 2, 2013
They can be charming, presentable, socially skilled, professionally successful and well-regarded by superiors. They can also be workplace bullies.
Despite employer policies that discourage and punish bullying, many workers manage to strategically abuse colleagues while still having successful careers, winning promotions and earning outstanding performance evaluations, according to the first academic study to measure the relationship between bullying and job performance.
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June 25, 2013
You’re the HR director at a national bank whose switchboard operators are good at selling products when clients call with account questions. Your firm’s acquired a regional bank whose operators get high marks for customer satisfaction. Turns out, the regional bank operators don’t like pushing products during customer-service calls; they think it’s rude.
What do you do?
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June 17, 2013

When someone wrongs you, how do you react? Are you angry, vindictive, ready to pounce? For most of us, the answer is “it depends.” We’ll take a breath and then decide the best course of action.

However, when it comes to employees, we often forget to breathe first. We jump to the nearest set of policies and then comb through them to see what level of discipline needs to be metered out. It amazes me as an HR person that when employees slip up, the reaction is usually swift, harsh and doesn’t take anything into consideration – really.

April 10, 2013

Management-level employees and HR staff should be trained on the workplace impact of domestic violence, sexual violence and stalking, a vast majority of respondents told the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in research findings released Feb. 1, 2013.

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March 8, 2013

Well-crafted employment policies are a good thing: They inform employees of expected and appropriate behavior and help employers deal with workplace situations consistently and fairly.

However, sometimes employers can find themselves in murky waters or create problems by adhering to a policy too strictly, especially in situations where employees run afoul of a workplace rule by following their conscience or trying to act ethically.

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February 20, 2013

Hey HR folks!  Is the first word that comes out of your mouth when you head into work – “Ugh!”  Seriously, does the dawning of a new day in your corner of the HR universe generate excitement and anticipation, or drudgery and a loathsome feeling?

The answer most people reading this would say – “It depends on the day!”

You know, that’s fair.  The question you have to ask youself is: What mood or tone do you regularly set as an HR pro? As a department?  Do people like interacting with you, or do they do the classic, “Shhhh, it’s HR!”

February 19, 2013

Managers should take the time to recognize all employees on a regular basis, experts say—focusing on behaviors they want to reinforce—rather than singling out certain individuals or groups at scheduled times.

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January 31, 2013

Last month, I wrote a blog titled, “A Holiday Tale by a Jewish Guy Who Wears a Chai.”  I wanted to address the serious potholes we navigate around the holiday season, but in a fun way.

I dedicated the blog post to my grandparents.  I shared how I miss lighting the menorah candles with them.

In response to the post, I had a lot of conversations with clients and other friends about the legal and HR issues raised.  But more than that, many shared with me stories about memories of holidays past with their grandparents and others no longer with us.

January 3, 2013

HR At Your Fingertips is an essential mobile app for any HR professional who is consistently on the go. Isn’t everyone these days? This app contains a glossary of HR terms, Federal laws and a guide on how to create an employee handbook, allowing quick and easy access to information from your pocket.

August 22, 2012

Employees have similar feelings during the honeymoon phase of new jobs as love-struck romantics do at the beginning of a relationship. At first, the rush of love makes each day a thrill. Heightened emotions give the sweet feeling that the relationship will always be this good.

Eventually, the seven-year itch sets in—often well before seven years.

Instead of a broken heart, the employee has a job that suddenly doesn't seem so great. And the company has a disengaged worker who can hurt customer satisfaction, productivity and the bottom line.

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August 15, 2012

Note: This series is based on the paper  My Generation

Generational and life-stage issues affect us both consciously and subconsciously every single day.

A survey by Lee and Hecht Harrison tells us that “70% of older employees are dismissive of younger workers’ abilities and nearly half of younger employees are dismissive of the abilities of their older co-workers”. 

May 2, 2012

In case you missed it, here’s what happened on We Know Next this week.

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April 27, 2012

It's not enough for an HR professional to get the basics right. Becoming a strategic business partner in your organization is also about knowing the right people and being able to establish and manage key relationships. The most effective HR leaders understand the importance of alliances in influencing behavior and overcoming resistance. Could you use more influence? 

April 16, 2012

17 Rules for Developing and Keeping Devoted Employees is a must read on how to foster commitment, respect, trust, honesty, fun and above all performance.

April 11, 2012

The time has come for HR to occupy a seat at the C-Suite table. Who better to advise and influence the CEO on corporate culture? Who better to recommend solutions regarding organizational health and workforce issues? Who better to identify talent from both a functional and cultural perspective? Who better to promote the CEO's vision and credo?

But is HR ready?

April 5, 2012