Archive for September, 2017

Steer Your Employees to Volunteer

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It’s been a turbulent time for many companies, with headlines on leadership transgressions dominating the headlines almost daily.  What better time, then, to demonstrate your company’s commitment to social responsibility? More than ever, your employees (and potential employees) want to work for organizations that do good and give back to the communities in which they serve. This may even be a prerequisite for your younger staff members who are used volunteering and developing relationships with others through volunteering. In addition to improved recruitment and retention, employee volunteer programs increase employee engagement because employees feel a greater sense of purpose and…

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Weed in the Workplace: A Hazy Situation

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The increasing legalization of marijuana has affected many peoples’ opinions on the usage of the drug.  One of the lingering issues revolving around marijuana is how and if employers should allow it to be used by their employees (or if they are required to allow its use). Maryland, DC, Virginia, and West Virginia have all legalized marijuana in some form and this raises an interesting question for employers: Can an employer take an adverse action when employees can legally use marijuana for recreational or medicinal purposes? Generally, the answer is, “yes,” and here’s why: marijuana remains illegal under federal law…

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Plan For The Worst: How To Withstand Crises and Disasters

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In the wake of the devastating effects from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, many businesses and their employees are scrambling to figure out how to recover and move forward.  Companies that are located near coastlines are probably accustomed to the threat of natural disasters, and likely already have policies and plans in place for these emergency situations.  The same can be said of businesses in areas that are affected by tornadoes, wildfires, and West Coast offices that have to be prepared for earthquakes.  But, it’s not just natural disasters to consider — we can all too clearly remember the devastation from…

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Avoid Probs by Describing Jobs

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There are many effective strategies that can be employed by companies focusing on maintaining success, expanding their brand outreach, or looking to hire.  But one necessity can sometimes be overlooked: comprehensive job descriptions. Thorough job descriptions are obviously needed to summarize jobs for recruitment and hiring purposes, they are also an integral part of sustaining internal order.  Employers can utilize job descriptions to meet a number of company initiatives.  Job descriptions are a great way to align your employees’ jobs to the mission, vision, and goals of the company.  While the optimal situation is for employees to always have a…

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