Archive for March, 2017

Talking Politics at Work

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The election is over, but politics are very likely to dominate the collective interest of our nation for the foreseeable future with what has been perhaps the most divisive political environment in history, coupled with the 24-hour news cycle keeping controversial topics at the top of mind. Any diverse group of people will have differing opinions, and political views are no exception. Everyone, of course, is entitled to their opinion, but when employees voice their political views in an office environment, there is ample opportunity for work to get sidetracked, feelings to be hurt, and productivity to drop. So, what…

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Read the Writing on the Wall: Signs an Employee May Soon Quit

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Employee retention is one of the most vital aspects of running a company. It’s not always in your best interest to retain every staffer, but it’s important to keep your most valuable workers on board for as long as possible.  Consider the cost of turnover – recruiting, hiring, training, and time until the employee is competently performing in their role. It’s inevitable that over time; however, employees may wish to leave for new opportunities. Generally, these big career decisions aren’t made overnight. There is a buildup to leaving a job and some signs to which you should be attuned to…

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Can You Search Your Employees’ Phones?

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer caused a stir two weeks ago, when it was revealed that he initiated random checks of his staffers’ phones. The reasoning behind the search was to investigate whether any staffers had engaged in unauthorized communication with members of the media. Spicer’s phone search raises some controversy, but also an important question for managers in all organizations — can you lawfully search your employees’ phones?  Should you search your employees’ phones? The answer varies depending on the context of the situation. SHRM Online states that “Invasion of privacy laws vary from state to state, but…

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Are You Uber-Focused on Results? Don’t Let This Happen to Your Business

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The revelations of sexism, harassment, and an utter lack of accountability at Uber have rocked the company to its core. The hashtag #DeleteUber has gained traction on social media, and CEO Travis Kalanick has come under fire for not just allowing, but enabling a company culture that made many female employees feel “unwelcome”. Uber made its way to the top of the transportation tech industry by being brash and fearless, but internally, those same qualities have isolated a large portion of its workforce. An article from USA Today refers to Uber’s baller’ culture, and the description seems more fit for…

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