New York City Just Changed Fast-Food Employment Forever

With more than half of New York restaurants hanging on a thread and depending on federal dollars to stay afloat, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on January 5 signed new legislation that effectively ends at-will employment for fast-food restaurants in New York City. The move, which goes into effect on July 4, 2021, prevents employers from […]
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Don’t Sell Watermelons for $1 (or, Stop Being Busy for Busy’s Sake)

Are you using your time to be successful? Last night a friend sent me this video. This talk was, overall, excellent, but this story really struck me as a small business owner: Two men formed a partnership. They built a small shed beside a busy road. They obtained a truck and drove it to a […]
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Here Are the 8 Policies Smart Companies Will Keep in 2021

Businesses had many, many headaches in 2020–as did all their employees. From new laws to shutdowns, protests, and illness and death, every company and every employee had new challenges last year. As such, your company adopted new policies. (With changing laws, you had to adopt at least some changes in 2020 or face the wrath […]
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The Real HR Show: Protesting and Emotions

The article we reference is here: What to Do If a Capitol Hill Rioter Also Happens to Be an Employee? And the list of state laws is here: Retaliation for Political Activity
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Procrastinators and Planners Unite For a Better Work Experience

I’m a procrastinator, through and through. My most significant feat as such was as an undergraduate student, when I went to the library at 6:00 pm to start research on a paper. But, I turned it in at 9:00 am the next morning and got an A—gold star for procrastinators everywhere.  For many employees, procrastination delivers […]
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What to Do If Capitol Hill Rioter Also Happens to Be an Employee

This week’s protest, which led to an invasion of the US Capitol Building, was something that the world watched in horror. How much more horrifying would it be if you recognized someone climbing the Capitol wall or ripping something out of a congressional chamber–and that person was your employee? Can you fire someone for that? […]
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Here Is What Micromanagement Looks Like

Almost no one would admit to being a micromanager. They are just “detail-oriented” or focused on getting things “perfect.” While these phrases sound much better than “I like to nit-pick my employees’ work!” your employees see through it.  Leadership coach and speaker Sarah Noll Wilson tweeted the following: Tell me you've worked for a micromanager without […]
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Reimagining Performance Management for 2021 and Beyond

I love performance appraisals. I hate performance appraisals. These two things actually fit perfectly well together, depending on my role in an organization. As an employee, I find them tedious, and the feedback feels forced (because let’s face it, it often is forced). As a manager, I hate writing them. I have to fit feedback […]
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The Real HR Show: It’s 2021 and Election Results

What’s going to change for HR people when Biden takes over? What happens if Trump manages to get the 12th amendment invoked and pulls out a late win? This is not a political post–we don’t do politics on the Real HR Show, but we do talk about how political changes will affect your day to […]
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Employee Attrition: All You Need to Know

There are very few people who begin and end their careers in one company. Most people move on after a time, or the company forces them to move on with an involuntary termination. People leaving organizations seems like a quite straightforward matter, but there is a lot to unpack with employee attrition. Even though the […]
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I Binge-Watched Top Chef and Learned 5 Things about Feedback

Managers often find it difficult to give clear, actionable feedback–especially when it’s negative. Almost everyone finds it difficult to take that feedback, but if you want to improve you need to listen. During the 2020 shutdowns, I managed to watch 16 seasons of Top Chef, and while my cooking hasn’t improved, my feedback–giving and receiving–have. […]
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Happy New Year

We survived 2020! And I took real time off, which I haven’t done for all 2020. (I did keep reading things, just no work.) A bunch of stuff happened, though, so I wanted to catch you all up with some links: From Jeff Nowak: DOL Green Lights Telemedicine Visits to Support FMLA Leave, Allows Electronic […]
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How You Can Use Envy to Help You Succeed

Envy is bad. It’s one of the seven deadly sins, along with its pals pride, greed, wrath, lust, gluttony, and sloth. It’s super destructive if you just focus on what other people have. But Amy Alkon flipped that on its head with her article in Psychology Today, The Power of Positive Envy. Alkson thinks that […]
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FFCRA and PPP Extended: Congress Agrees to a New $900 Billion deal

With 2020 almost over, HR and business leaders alike have been more worried about what would happen to the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) and the Families First Corona Response Act (FFCRA). Congress finally came through and passed a $900 billion stimulus package on Sunday night.  While the bill’s wording is not yet available, Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, published […]
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The EEOC Releases Guidelines on Mandatory Workplace Vaccinations

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued brief guidelines for how businesses can approach Covid-19 vaccinations with their employees today, December 16, 2020. While these guidelines will undoubtedly change as more information becomes available, the advice is consistent with previous vaccinations (like flu shots). Jeff Nowak, an employment attorney with Littler says,  “As we might have predicted, […]
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California Subpoenas Amazon Over Its Covid Protocols. How to Avoid the Same Fate

California attorney general Xavier Becerra says Amazon has been ignoring subpoenas about its health and safety plans. As such, he’s asked the courts to step in and force Amazon to comply.  Amazon, for its part, says: The bottom line is that we’re a leader in providing Covid-19 safety measures for our employees — we’ve invested billions of […]
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Why HR (and Employee Relations) Equals Public Relations

HR is a public relations role. Yes, I realize that most people disagree with me on this thing. They see PR as the people who send out press releases to try to get a new product promoted and to offer hapless executives as guests on podcasts. But, what is public relations other than dealing with […]
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When Is It Okay to Call in Sick?

My parents instilled in me a work ethic that says you have to be dying before you skip work or school. I’m not alone. Add to that, the lack of paid sick days that many Americans have and you have a lot of sick people at work. (And let’s talk about schools that give attendance […]
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