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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 spreading discontent, causing conflict in the office, and making other employees uncomfortable or unhappy. Toxic behaviors can come in many…

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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 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 turn-over. 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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Internships: Paid or Unpaid? That is the Question

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Interns play a vital role in many organizations and offer support to staff and reinvigorate organizational creativity through the introduction of new talent and ideas. Often, organizations provide an educational experience, giving interns training and experience in lieu of financial compensation. While this arrangement can be beneficial to both the employer and the intern, it can be challenging to ensure unpaid internships comply with local, state, and federal laws regarding labor and compensation. A recent federal court ruling against Fox Searchlight has brought the debate over compensation for interns back into the limelight. In 2018, Fox Searchlight was found in…

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