Future Friday: Common Ground

We are now in a state of workplace being where we have five generations working together. The challenges for leadership, particularly HR leadership, is how to develop communication that reaches the maximum number of people.  Richard Bailey, the president of HP’s Americas region, writes in Fast Company,  I have found that every generation in the workforce …

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The Spring Addition of the HR Carnival

It seems that Spring is finally here for good and nothing signals that more than the Spring Edtion of the HR Carnival. This month’s edition is hosted by the self-proclaimed “student of human behavior” Tamara M. Rasberry. She has put together a collection of 19 fantastic blog posts. In case you don’t know, these bloggers …

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Future Friday: It appears to be all about collaboration

I think most of us know that collaboration in the workplace produces better results than no collaboration. That is why so many software applications have been developed to enhance the collaborative effort. New research, however, shows us that it is not just the collaboration effort, it is also who is participating in the collaboration. So …

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Five great posts for all HR professionals to read

As I occasionally do, today I am bringing to you five great posts that I think are important for you to read. I am certain you will learn something. First up is a great post from my friend Jon Hyman. In his post Let’s all try to remember to have gender-neutral employment policies Jon reminds us …

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The Issue of Sexual Orientation has been settled, or has it?

In Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, there is no expressed protection for sexual orientation. However, during the Obama administration, the EEOC ruled that sexual orientation is protected under sexual discrimination provisions of Title VII. When the country switched over to the Trump administration, the Department of Justice said that sexual orientation is not …

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Future Friday: Older workers as the solution to unfilled jobs?

Millennial this, millennial that. Advertisements for products to hide gray hair or wrinkling skin. Slogans like “60 is the new 40.” Increasing charges of age discrimination. All these factors indicate that the U.S. is stuck in a youth oriented society. The problem is that perception drives employers to ignore older workers, often to the detriment …

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EEOC sends a message about age discrimination

As we close in on the 50th anniversary of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) the EEOC announced the settlement of a long-lived age discrimination suit against Texas Roadhouse. The case The case against Texas Roadhouse was filed in Massachusetts against the Kentucky based restaurant chain. The EEOC claimed the company violated the law …

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A little RESPECT goes a long way: A SHRM Atlanta Report

Aretha Franklin sang about it, but at the SHRM Atlanta conference this week Paul Meshanko talked about it. Meshanko, a speaker, writer and consultant talked about the neuroscience of respect. Here are some of the facts he gave us about the subject: Respect biologically primes the brain for performance. Respect releases three drugs; serotonin, oxytocin …

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The “new” rule for who is a spouse

As I have told classes and blog post readers the changing nature of relationships in the US will alter the framework and definitions we have in the workplace. Up to this time those changing definitions only applied to some states and to federal contractors under Executive Orders administered by the OFCCP. As of February 25, …

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How by doing good you can do right by your company

I received an email that started off “What if I told you that you could help 23 million people today?” I knew it was not junk mail because I recognized the name of the company. So it intrigued me and I looked further into this subject. This blog post is the result, because I too …

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