Archive for June, 2017

The Uber Problem

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The continued controversy surrounding Uber over the past few months finally reached a boiling point. CEO Travis Kalanick recently revealed that he would be taking an indefinite leave of absence from his role at the company, but subsequently resigned, which is ultimately in the best interest of the company’s future success. Kalanick’s track record of fostering and enabling a harsh, competitive, and sexually aggressive work environment — at least 215 allegations of sexual harassment have been reported by Uber employees — seems to have caught up to him and his leadership team.  His announcement comes as a result of a…

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Should Your Business Consider Unlimited PTO?

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Summer is here, which means peak vacation season – surf’s up!  Increasingly, companies are offering unlimited PTO to their employees, but is it right for YOUR business? The answer is dependent on your company strategy, culture, and the make-up of your workforce. Unlimited PTO is generally a better fit for knowledge-based workers (those who develop or use knowledge for a living, and include positions in marketing, programming, research, policy, compliance, writing, etc.) and project-focused employees.  It generally doesn’t work as well with hourly-paid employees, line positions within manufacturing, customer-facing and customer service-related roles.  If your staff is comprised primarily of…

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Communicate with Care

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In the 21st century, people use many devices and apps to get news and information. But that’s not necessarily how people get the scoop when it comes to their work lives. According to a recent study, 79% of American workers receive most of their company news in perhaps a surprising way — through the grapevine. On one hand, it’s usually a positive when your employees are constantly communicating with each other, and for this reason the grapevine serves an important organizational purpose. But, should your employees receive most of their information this way?  Or, is it best to disseminate information…

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Be Polite and Treat Your Candidates Right

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Recruiters and hiring managers are a company’s bridge to the outside world. With so many different responsibilities to tend to daily, it can be easy to let seemingly minor details – like responding to your job applicants and candidates — slide. However, as tedious as it may seem, you owe it to the people who spend their time trying to earn a spot with your company — even if you have no interest in hiring them. The key ingredient to effectively responding to candidates? As usual, it all comes down to communication, which is too often at a subpar level…

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