From the archive: Halloween The Carnival of HR

I thought it was apropos to replay this Carnival of HR on Halloween. Enjoy these scary stories from last year. For the Halloween version of the Carnival of HR, the host, Mike VanDervort, asked us to submit “scary tales of HR.” Mike said: I suggested that people share a story about a scary HR practice …

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Three HR lessons on a Wednesday

In my reading, I have run across several blog posts that I think it would behoove you to read. These writers talk about topics that each HR professional should pay attention to, in order to be better prepared to deal with similar situations. Social media Despite the fact that social media use has been around …

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ISM Number Two: SexISM Replayed

I originally wrote this back in 2009. Based on the headlines not much has changed.  Sexism is the second part of my series on ISM’s in Human Resources in the United States. According to Wikipedia “Sexism, a term coined in the mid-20th century,[1] refers to the belief or attitude that one gender or sex is …

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Take Caution and Care with Holiday Parties

There is no lack of horror stories associated with holiday parties. As we are entering the big holiday party season I will tell you a short one that ended a person’s career. Hopefully it will serve as a lesson. T’was the week before Christmas and a fog had settled down on Santa’s head. Santa in …

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Five Things to Consider about Hugging at Work

  I was reared in a family where we were not “huggers.” So early in life I was not really comfortable with hugging anyone, especially anyone outside my family. This is not to say we were not a loving family, we just didn’t express it with hugs. Then I married a girl from an Italian …

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Clearing up Sexual Harassment

  With the antics of San Diego mayor Bob Filner being broadcast almost daily on the national news sexual harassment has become a hot topic once again. Not that it needed any additional publicity. Celebrities get occasional mention with an accusation of someone being harassed at this party or that. Unfortunately this often confuses the …

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Sexual Harassment: Crowdsourcing advice

I had a situation posed to me today that I wanted to get an answer to by tapping into the collective expertise of the readers of this blog. I am going to relate a story of “sexual harassment” and see what the crowdsourcing answer is. Ready? The story A friend called me and said he …

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Teach Employees about Sexual Harassment

  You would think in this day and time that sexual harassment would not continue to be an issue, but unfortunately it is. A major portion of this problem is that we do not train employees to understand what the laws are regarding sexual harassment. We train supervisors, sometimes, but seldom teach employees. To save …

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Three Great Reads in HR

  I always like to point out  some other great blog posts that I am reading and I think you should as well. This time around I am going to concentrate on compliance issues. This is stuff that ALL HR generalist  and small business owners should be aware of. So here are three great reads …

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Sexual Harassment Awareness Day: Three Good Reads

Sexual harassment is very prominent in the news these days with accusations arising in the political world. So it is important for all good HR people to have some heightened sensitivity to the subject. So I am making today Sexual Harassment Awareness Day and I have provide three good reads that are dealing with current …

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