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Employees have no right to change duties to fit beliefs

01/01/2008

Employers can’t discriminate against employees because of their honestly held religious beliefs. On the other hand, those religious beliefs don’t give employees the right to alter their jobs based on those beliefs. This is especially true for public employees who might expose their agencies to First Amendment establishment clause litigation …

Options help Xerox staff cope with illness

01/01/2008

When illness strikes a family member, worry and stress can hurt job performance. Xerox helps employees manage complex diagnoses with a patient advocacy program. Employees who use the company’s Health Systems Management (HSM) program can get information about conditions …

Sometimes it’s not what you do, but how you do it

01/01/2008

No one likes being treated poorly, and when shabby behavior is coupled with something as traumatic as losing a job, the treatment itself can be enough to start a lawsuit. That’s why it is crucial for supervisors and HR professionals to respect the dignity of each employee about to be discharged, no matter what the reason …

12 small holiday timesavers can reduce employee stress

12/01/2007

Your organization can help ease employee stress this holiday season by adding a few low-cost timesavers to your holiday bonus package. Small holiday kindnesses on the part of the boss can pay off in a big way for the organization all year. Here are a dozen ways your organization can help holiday-harried employees stay productive at work …

Concierge services: Are they right for your organization?

12/01/2007

Between the year-end business crunch and the bustle of the holidays, December can be the most stressful month for your employees. Concierge services can take on some of your workers’ holiday planning and shopping by doing personal errands like locating hard-to-find presents, ordering gift baskets, making family dinner reservations, picking up dry cleaning and buying theater tickets …

Boost employee morale at low cost with surprise days off

12/01/2007

Your organization is trying to hold the line on benefits costs, but you still want to offer competitive perks. One good way: Provide extra days off—a low-cost benefit that employees highly value. Organizations of all sizes can use the tactic …

Inject more oversight, responsibility into flex schedules

12/01/2007

Seems like many employees view flexible work arrangements as an entitlement these days—maybe because HR has pushed the idea for years as a way to accommodate work/life conflicts. Putting more structure and accountability into the process makes flexibility less of an ad hoc perk. Here are four ways to structure flexible work arrangements in a more systematic way …

Automakers denounce HHS for recommending foreign cars

12/01/2007

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has apologized to Detroit’s Big Three automakers for a department newsletter that advised staffers to buy foreign cars to save fuel. The newsletter recommended 12 “green” cars, all of which came from Japan or South Korea. …

Want productive employees? Let them have windows

12/01/2007

According to a recent study, employees are more productive if they have windows in their work areas. That’s one reason the new SAP Labs in Palo Alto, CA, have incorporated lots of windows. Does it really work? …

Michigan disabilities act and the ADA: important differences

12/01/2007

Michigan employers must comply with Michigan’s Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act (PWDCRA) and the federal ADA. Although the laws are similar, there are differences employers need to understand …