COMMUNICATION

Take steps to ease conflict over election results

11/18/2016
If pro-Trump/anti-Trump debates are simmering among your employees, don’t ignore them.

2016 election takes toll on civility, productivity at work

10/12/2016
This year’s extraordinary presidential campaign is taking a toll on American workers.

Manage your 'unofficial' bulletin board, too

09/22/2016

You need two bulletin boards: One for official wage-and-hour posters and notices of employee rights, and another for employees to use as the organization’s “community” center.

Have bosses check their bullying behavior

09/08/2016
More than a third (37%) of U.S. workers report they’ve been bullied at work and, they say, the majority (72%) of bullies are bosses, says a survey by Zogby International.

3 online tools for grabbing instant feedback

08/29/2016
Don’t just guess at which benefits your employees want or where they’d like to hold the holiday party this year. Several free web-based survey tools let HR instantly take the pulse of their employees.

Discussing politics at work: Cast a vote for civility

08/05/2016
A recent survey by the Society for Human Resource Management reported a sharp uptick in political volatility in their workplaces this year.

Warn supervisors: No emotional outbursts

08/05/2016
Supervisors whose personal animosity against a subordinate spills over in the workplace can be held personally liable for the resulting emotional distress in Pennsylvania.

10 common phrases that turn employees against you

08/03/2016
Managers are human. You’re bound to make some unfortunate word choices now and then. But employees will give you a pass on those annoying expressions for only so long. Spew these 10 phrases at your peril.

Government employees don't check their Constitutional rights at the workplace door

07/15/2016
Public employees don’t lose their First Amendment free speech rights when they take a government job. Their employer can’t punish them for speaking out on matters of public importance.

Workplace politics fueled by gossip and rumors

07/13/2016
A new survey shows that most believe office politicking is alive and well in the workplace.

Political talk causing turmoil at work

07/12/2016
A new survey reports increasing tension, hostility or arguments among co-workers because of political affiliation.

Social media functions like today's coffee break

07/08/2016
It’s no secret that plenty of employees spend at least some of the workday visiting social media sites, either on their office computers or their smartphones.

Back to basics: getting a good grip

06/14/2016

A good, well-timed handshake to pair with your grin is a sure way to stand out, whether you’re at the company picnic or an industry conference. Here’s how important it is: The prospective employee with the best handshake is more likely to get the job, research shows.

Don't let email mistakes nullify your attorney-client privilege

06/13/2016

Communication with your attorney is protected by law. But, if you or someone on your staff misdirects an e-mail to a third party, that action wipes out your attorney-client privilege.

The art of giving good instructions to employees

04/13/2016
The ability to give instructions is a vital skill for an HR pro or manager. And it is a skill—one you can learn and improve on. Here are some guidelines.
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