2016 election takes toll on civility, productivity at work

This year’s extraordinary presidential campaign is taking a toll on American workers.

Manage your 'unofficial' bulletin board, too


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Political talk causing turmoil at work

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

Social media functions like today's coffee break

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


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


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

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.

Telecommuting policy needs to address tech

Roughly a quarter of the U.S. workforce telecommutes at least occasionally. Attorney Jim Reidy outlines three issues your policy needs to cover.
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