Archive for August, 2017

Can You Fire for Off-Duty Behavior?

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The age social media and transparency has presented pros and cons for employers and employees alike.  There may be no better example of this than the events that occurred in Charlottesville earlier this month. Numerous neo-Nazi marchers were featured in pictures/videos that went viral, causing, among other things, their employers to scramble and figure out the proper course of action. Most companies have no tolerance for racism or discrimination IN the workplace — but the events in Charlottesville occurred outside of the office.  So, even though employees who took part in the white nationalist marches were engaging in racist behavior,…

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Treat Your Employees Like Number 1 (Because They Are)!

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Everyone knows the adage, “The customer is always right.” Many businesses understandably live by this philosophy.  However, this mindset shouldn’t apply only to your customers — your employees deserve to be treated as well, if not better than your customers. This kind of attitude may seem somewhat blasphemous in the eyes of business owners — which exactly the problem. Employees work day in and day out, often around the clock for you, so how does it make sense that they are less important to your overall success than your customers? If a customer complained about your product or service, you…

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Hiring Lessons from the White House

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The first six months of Mr. Trump’s presidency have been filled with controversy.  Much of the drama stems from Trump’s own unorthodox decisions and actions, but a considerable amount is due to high-ranking White House officials walking in and out of the proverbial revolving door. There are a multitude of reasons why so many White House employees have been given pink slips, but the most common reasons are simple: many of these former employees lacked the skills to do the job; some were not able to work cohesively with others; others were not a cultural fit. There is no more…

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Is Meow the Time to Become Pet-Friendly?

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New office trends and norms have been popping up left and right over the past few years. One of the more polarizing ideas to gain traction with companies across the country is the pet-friendly work environment. There are both advantages and hang-ups to the pet-friendly workplace. Here are a few of each. Pro #1 — Reduced Stress and Boosted Office Morale Pets provide their owners with a sense of comfort and emotional stability, which can lead to increased happiness AND productivity in the office! You want your employees to be as comfortable as possible so they can devote themselves fully…

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