Archive for July, 2019

ADA Compliance: An Interactive Process

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The American Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal law prohibiting the discrimination of individuals with disabilities in all aspects of public life. This includes transportation, school, work, and any other arena that is open to the public. For employers, compliance with the ADA means providing reasonable accommodation to employees living with disabilities. Any organization with fifteen or more employees must comply with any request for accommodations that does not cause undue hardship to the employer. Adequately complying with the ADA begins with education and understanding. Educate yourself of the ADA using resources such as the EEOC or the Department of…

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Toxic Employees and Protecting Your Team

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A good manager can make a team; in the same way, a toxic employee can break a team. We have all experienced toxic behavior in the workplace and understand that it can seep into the morale of the team, detracting from productivity and making the workplace less positive. As an employer, this is concerning. One toxic employee can affect organizational satisfaction, productivity, and ultimately your bottom line. Toxic employees are more than just difficult, they are disruptive. Knowingly or unknowingly, they spread discontent, causing conflict in the office, and making other employees uncomfortable or unhappy. Toxic behaviors can come in…

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Building Community Through Leave Sharing Programs

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A leave-donation program, also known as leave-sharing, allows employees to donate PTO, sick leave, and/or vacation days to a community pool. This pool is then available to employees facing extenuating circumstance. From family emergencies to natural disaster, employees can pull from the pool to take additional time off, after having exhausted their own PTO. While the programs can be time intensive to implement, research shows that they are well worth the effort. Effectively implemented leave-donation programs promote employee well-being, increase morale and camaraderie, and decrease employee turnover. While the benefits are undeniable, bringing a leave-donation program to your organization takes…

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When Suicide Touches the Workplace

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As employers, we strive to provide an empowering, supportive and safe environment for our employees; using programs such as EAPs, shared-leave programs, etc., ┬áprovides the opportunity to offer support and resources when employees face personal crises. No matter what programs we put in place, we cannot save everyone. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. With 129 deaths a day, most American workers will be touched by suicide in their lives. While the idea of discussing such a tragedy is overwhelming, doing so can help those left behind…

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