We're #1! Survey says U.S. workers are world's happiest

Researchers evaluated the levels of employee happiness among more than 23,000 working professionals in eight nations across Europe, North America and Australia.

Big presentation? Be ready to shift gears

When pressed for time, be ready to shift gears. In fact, it’s rare to get through an executive briefing without interruption. You’ll have to wing it.

Snapshot: What makes 'the good life'?

Achieving career goals placed dead last in a Harris Poll that asked what characterizes “living the good life.”

Telecommuting: A search for equilibrium

Even as the overall numbers of telecommuting employees rises, some companies are reconsidering their telecommuting policies. The fluid situation suggests that there is no one-size-fits-all policy that covers the who, how and when of telecommuting.

Where in the world are wages rising fastest?

WorldatWork’s annual Salary Budget Survey reveals that employers in all surveyed countries are projecting salary budget increases for 2018.

Employees say senior execs lack management skills

U.S. employees give their senior leadership low marks on key aspects of people management, including the ability to develop future leaders, evoke trust and confidence and demonstrate sincere interest in employees’ well-being.

The talk that makes even great employees sweat

Public speaking has long been considered one of the greatest sources of anxiety, but there’s a one-on-one conversation that makes employees even more nervous: Asking the boss for a raise.

Where did all the summer jobs go?

The late 1970s marked the heyday of summer youth employment, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But the lazy days of summer have gotten even lazier since then.

Cost of misguided English-only rule: $50,000

Most “English-only” policies violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. They are not strictly unlawful, but courts and the EEOC have regularly ruled that employers must be able to demonstrate a legitimate business reason for having such a policy.

Cal/OSHA proposes safety rules for hotel housekeepers

The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed a first-in-the-nation, industry-specific rule aimed at hotel housekeepers.

Just because handbook doesn't address issue doesn't mean employees can't sue

The fact that a handbook doesn’t address a particular subject does not mean that employees who believe there are pertinent unwritten rules can’t get class certification to sue over an allegedly informal policy.

The HR I.Q. Test: July '17

Here's your monthly quiz on HR news and trends.

For the good of the group: Run meetings with social grace

The etiquette of a meeting counts. Think of it as a performance with no faux pas. Follow these rules when leading your next meeting.

Check filing deadline on employee's EEOC complaint

When the EEOC dismisses a former employee’s complaint and then notifies you that it has issued a right-to-sue letter, be sure to note the employee’s deadline for filing a federal lawsuit. She has just 90 days to do so.

The law is enough: Handbook doesn't create extraordinary right to sue for retaliation

Many state and federal statutes make it unlawful for employers to retaliate against employees who file internal discrimination complaints or otherwise claim that some wrongdoing has occurred. These laws have specific, and limited, remedies.
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