How Spending $21 Could Save Your Business $200,000

Due to safety guidelines, you are probably conducting all interviews over the phone or via video conferencing. Fair enough. What do you do if you have a hearing-impaired candidate who says that neither of those options works for her? This is the type of situation that comes up from time to time, and people aren’t prepared […]
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Your Employees May (Ahem) Be Doing Something Other than Work

Your employees should not be viewing pornography in the office. Your employees should not be viewing pornography on company equipment, even out of the office. These are basic tenants of sexual harassment law, plus it’s a great way to get viruses (not the Corona type), and use up bandwidth, and waste time. In other words, it’s […]
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Why School Openings Matter to Your Small Business

Many schools generally start in the middle of August. Like it or not, parents count on schools to provide not only an education but childcare. As many people learned when schools and daycares closed in the spring, it’s tough to work from home and watch and educate children all at the same time. And a lot more people […]
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What to Do If Employees Refuse to Wear a Mask

“I want to come back to work, but I won’t wear a mask.” Some of you may have heard this from your employees. Your gut reaction may be, “well, then, you’re fired,” but you can’t do that immediately. If an employee makes such a statement, you first need to ask why. Here’s what you need […]
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Help Me Get Out of a Relocation Contract

I recently left a company that had given me a tax-assisted relocation package. Totaling at $19k. I needed to stay employed with that company for 24 months per the contract. I left the company for a few reasons after 21 months. I was furloughed twice while there. I left just before they did another furlough […]
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The Secret to Writing Effective Job Descriptions

When you’re hiring–especially for a new company where all the positions are new–writing job descriptions can be almost as much fun as a root canal. You sit down to write it, and your mind goes blank–just what does a finance manager do? You have no idea. Rather than write something ridiculous, you need a guide–but if […]
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Lessons from My Favorite Dentist

Dr. David Morris died a few weeks ago at the age of 83. Fortunately, his family was with him, and it was peaceful. He was my dentist when I was a teenager and the father of one of my best friends. People don’t often have fond memories of their dentists, but I do, and I […]
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Not Every Organization Needs to Reflect the Community

A few days ago, Anthony Tommasini wrote an Op-Ed at the New York Times titled “To Make Orchestras More Diverse, End Blind Auditions.” Blind auditions vastly increased the number of females in orchestras, but it hasn’t increased the number of minority players–well, it hasn’t increased the number of Black and Hispanic players. Asian and Pacific […]
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Why You Should Require Employees Take Vacation

When you launch a business, you tend to know everyone in the office. As such, it can give you the feeling that you can trust everyone. But small and mid-size businesses make up 68 percent of employee theft, according to Hiscox, an insurance company.  What if there was an easy way to reduce your exposure? And what if you already […]
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American Airlines Plans to Lay Off Almost 25,000

Yesterday, tech reporter David Shepardson got a copy of the WARN letter that American Airlines sent to almost 25,000 employees. Breaking: @AmericanAir sending WARN notices to nearly 25,000 employees pic.twitter.com/ZFH3cg553i — davidshepardson (@davidshepardson) July 15, 2020 If you’re not familiar, WARN stands for Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification and if a company is laying off […]
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How Do I Successfully Communicate Changes to My Employees?

With all the new laws, policy changes and recommendations lately, I feel like our handbook needs to be updated every three days. How do we successfully communicate these changes to employees? Given the high volume, it feels like more people are going to ignore them. To read my answer, click here: How Do I Successfully […]
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Some Companies Can’t Hire Fast Enough. Study Their Business Models

While many businesses–and, yes, entire industries even–have suffered as a result of the Coronavirus crisis, some companies have managed to thrive in this moment.  Based on an informal poll I conducted among people HR people and other interested professionals,here’s a small sampling of some of the industries that can’t hire people fast enough: Cleaners–all types. Everything […]
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What HR Professionals Should Be Doing in the Midst of a Hiring Freeze

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, companies across sectors have implemented  hiring freezes and paused active talent recruitment efforts. While these measures immediately impact HR operations, they also provide space for recruiters and other talent management professionals to rethink their approach to engaging with new potential candidates—and maintaining contact with people they were in the […]
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When Your Boss Doesn’t Let You Go on Vacation

Yesterday, Brenda Neckvatal and I talked about vacation and PTO usage on The Real HR Show. And we got this comment: My company offers unlimited time off, but I don’t feel like I can take advantage because of the boss who flat out says “if you can be out for more than 2 weeks, we […]
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In a Tweet, John Legend Gave All Business Owners a Critical Gut Check

When the Houston Association of Realtors announced that it was planning to swap the term “master bedroom” with “primary bedroom,” artist John Legend had a crucial piece of advice for realtors–any professionals, really–about making impactful change without striking the wrong chord. Real problem: realtors don’t show black people all the properties they qualify for. Fake problem: calling the […]
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Dilemma of the Month: Why Startups Need HR Help Before They Launch

I’m launching my own company this year, with about 12 employees, and I’m thinking about the importance of human resources services. Should I hire someone for that position, or can I use an outside service or an online site? And what are the most important things I should do before I launch? To read my […]
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How the Employee Relations Job Function is Changing: A Look at the HR Acuity Benchmark Study

Just what does the employee relations department do all day? This is the type of question that if you ask an ER person directly, it may result in a pointed glare or perhaps weeping as the employee relations expert sinks into a chair. It’s been a rough few months. But, what ER does (works on […]
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