Archive for November, 2017

Mental Health in the Workplace

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Mental health problems like depression and anxiety, among others, afflict many people throughout the country and impact every workplace.  Absenteeism, increased healthcare costs, and decreased productivity are just a few of the ways that mental health problems cost employers billions of dollars each year. For those who suffer from mental health problems, the effects can be crippling.  To complicate matters, the behaviors of people suffering from mental health issues are sometimes indistinguishable from those of people who do not suffer from mental health issues.  It can be difficult to figure out whether or not someone is simply having a bad…

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HR’s Role in the Sexual Harassment Web

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From Uber to Bill O’Reilly, Hollywood to Congress and more, a common refrain in the continuous storm of sexual harassment claims is that HR wasn’t doing its job.  There are a number of complaints: 1) that employees were going to HR professionals who were sweeping their complaints under the carpet and telling employees to look the other way; 2) that HR has an inherent conflict of interest, and it’s a mistake to go to them because they will always side with/support the company; and 3) that because HR’s job is to support the company, an employee would be stupid to…

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Start Hiring Now for 2018

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As we near the end of 2017, company leaders and employees are looking forward to closing out the 4th quarter and enjoying the holidays with loved ones.  This time of year, along with summertime, can be two times of the year during which employees are arguably at their most distracted, and may take their foot off the pedal. Leaders, hiring managers, recruiters, and HR professionals are not immune to this phenomenon.  Fiscal year budgets are likely in place for the new year, and you probably have a good idea of the hires needed for 2018.  And, while there has probably…

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Social Justice PTO: Why You Should Consider this Benefit Now

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PTO (or others forms of time off) is a commonly offered benefit today as employers look to help their employees balance their work and personal obligations, as well as promote themselves as employee and family-friendly.  And, businesses are increasingly offering specialized types of time off, such as leave designated for days employees spend volunteering outside the office, in the community. An emerging type of leave that companies are starting to offer is Social Justice PTO.  One silver lining of our country’s political turmoil is that activism has increased considerably.  Some companies are taking notice of this burgeoning trend, and have…

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