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Bullying: A Menace in the Workplace

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One-third of American workers say they have experienced bullying in the workplace and while effects may not be immediate, workplace bullying can have serious consequences for your employees and your business. Mental Health America states that over half those experiencing workplace bullying suffer from stress-related health issues, creating a higher rate of absenteeism and ultimately increased turnover. Workplace bullying can sometimes be difficult to recognize and pinpoint once an accusation has been made. Bullying can look like gossip, back-handed compliments, dismissing coworkers in meetings, belittling peers, or setting others up for failure. While bullying can wear many faces, the consequences…

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Employee Incentive Compensation Programs Amid COVID-19

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COVID-19 has thrown everyone for a loop this year, upending existing structures and creating a need to reassess policies and procedures that do not fit our new reality. Companies across the country have risen to the occasion, approaching unexpected issues with compassion, generosity, and empathy. It’s important to look at ways to support employee interests while ensuring organizational success both now and in the long-term. With that, companies across the country are reporting the need to reassess their employee incentive programs and decide where bonuses and commissions are realistic, financially feasible, and an adequate way of showing appreciation for employees….

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Employee Wage Access: Supporting Your Workforce

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When an employee is struggling at home, it can affect their ability to concentrate at work, decreasing productivity and job satisfaction. In 2019, a study reported that four out of ten American workers could not cover unexpected expenses. And, in a COVID world, these numbers are undeniabley much worse. Employees report that the inability to maintain financial stability during a personal crisis affects their ability to perform well at work and pushes them to consider leaving positions in order to seek out new, potentially better paying, opportunities. For business leaders, the struggle to maintain employee loyalty and satisfaction is a…

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COVID Lawsuits: How to Limit Your Exposure

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COVID-19 has brought a myriad of unexpected challenges to small businesses across the world. As our local economies reopen, more challenges are likely to come. One such challenge is the possibility of COVID-related lawsuits. While we do our best to ensure the safety, success, and health of our employees, it is important to be prepared for the possibility of lawsuits and to protect your organization wherever you can. Lawsuits may arise concerning unsafe working conditions, too early recall of employees, discrimination, unlawful layoffs, and potentially unpaid wages. While this can seem like an overwhelming list of items to protect against,…

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Make Virtual Internships Work for You

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Internships can change the trajectory of an individual’s career, empower a potential employee, and create a talent pipeline for organizations that contributes greatly to their success. This year, bringing interns on board looks a little different. In the face of COVID-19 organizations have been forced to decide whether they will go virtual or eliminate internship opportunities. While elimination can feel necessary, there are benefits to keeping internships in a virtual space. 83% of American organizations have altered internships, making them shorter (turning to ‘micro-internships), virtual, or both. Through doing this, they hope to mitigate risk to interns and employees while…

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Is A Thermal Scanner Right for Your Business?

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Organizations across the country are eager to get back to work and looking for ways to make the workplace safe for their employees. As health screenings gain popularity, so are thermal scanners. Ideally thermal scanners, which measure heat on someone’s skill, would offer a way to check employee and client temperatures without close person to person contact. Some sound alarms if reading a temperature over a certain level or alert a staff member who can quietly address the situation. While these may sound ideal, experts strongly suggest that employers do their research before making safety purchases – and that they…

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Strength in Compliance: Changes to Title VII

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Title VII prohibits discrimination by employers against individuals based on color, nationality, race, religion, and sex. On June 15th, this important employment legislation grew to include members of the LGBTQ+ community. The much-anticipated change clarified that the definition of sex under Title VII includes sexual orientation and gender identity, fundamentally adding protections to ensure that individuals are treated equally in terms of employment, including hiring, firing, laying off, training, or disciplining. The ruling specifically addresses ending unlawful terminations based on sexual orientation or gender identity; this was the case brought to the Supreme Court. That said, the ruling means much…

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Encouraging Time Off in the Age of COVD

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Studies consistently show that unplugging from work does wonders for job performance, job satisfaction, and individual mental health, but all too often it seems impossible to unplug from work. Last year, 30% of American employees reported a reluctance to take time off, saying they feared that it would negatively affect raises, promotions, or their perceived productivity at work. Employers understand that this is often an unnecessary concern, but it can, unfortunately, be perpetrated by your company culture. Moving to remote working happened rapidly and while ultimately it will likely have a positive impact on American workers and organizations, the stress…

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COVID’s Impact to Organizational Culture

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COVID-19 has forced companies to change and adapt in unexpected ways. Communication has become more important and more difficult, technology has taken on unexpected roles, and remote work has become the norm. Our work-lives have changed, and with that our organizational cultures have shifted. While it can be intimidating to imagine a post-COVID workplace, we remain optimistic about the impacts it will have on organizational cultures across the nation. HR professionals and leaders should view the challenges they have faced as an opportunity to adapt and grow. While changes were perhaps not anticipated, COVID-19 has offered an opportunity for organizations…

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Hiring in a COVID World

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The world of human resources has not stopped in the face of COVID-19; for many of us, it’s business as (almost) usual. As we adapt to working from home and using new technologies, businesses have continued to seek new talent, are recruiting, and hiring much like before the pandemic struck. Despite best efforts, traditional recruitment methods aren’t having the same results they once did. Many organizations are seeing the use of ATS systems and traditional interview tactics fall short of expectations. Despite the frustrations that come with remote recruitment, there is a silver lining. In the face of unexpected challenges,…

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