What to Do When Your Employee Brings up Mental Health

Last week, I was sitting outside at a restaurant on a busy foot-traffic-only street. One of my teen’s friends walked by and stopped to chat. She was with a group of other friends. I mentioned how sad my daughter was that they had had to cancel their lunch date earlier in the week. She apologized […]
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The CDC’s Guidelines on When Employees Can Return to Work May Surprise You

You should always encourage sick employees to stay at home while they recover, but Covid-19 took that to a whole new level. If someone tests positive, they will be out for a good, long time, regardless of whether they are asymptomatic or land in the hospital. But, when can an employee safely return to work? The Centers […]
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All the Reasons You Shouldn’t Prevent Employees From Discussing Who Has the Coronavirus

Rumors can send people into a panic. Additionally, some people are super nervous about exposure to Covid-19 that even if they don’t meet the Centers for Disease Control’s definition of exposed, they are concerned if they’ve had any peripheral contact with someone who tested positive. So, naturally, businesses want to keep things under control. This […]
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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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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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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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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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Can You Hear Kids on Your Zoom Calls? Don’t Fire the Parents

In the pre-Covid days, it was absolutely reasonable to tell an employee that someone else must be taking care of the children while you are working. Telecommuting does not mean caring for your children while building a marketing plan. Then the schools and the daycares shut down and nannies had to return home and shelter in place […]
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Many Companies are Closing for Juneteenth. Yours Should Too

Although President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1862 (effective January 1, 1863), the news didn’t reach Galveston, Texas until June 19, 1865. This day has been celebrated for years, first in Texas and later nationwide, as Juneteenth. The official end of slavery in the United States is something to celebrate, and many businesses and states are […]
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What to Do If Your Managers Are Asking Recruiters to Discriminate

Adam Karpiak recruits for a living. He’s also an influencer in the HR world. He recently asked recruiters on LinkedIn if they’ve ever received racist requests from clients–both overtly and covertly. They responded, and it’s not a pretty picture. Karpiak shared examples on Twitter. On LinkedIn I posted about recruiters encountering racism from clients/hiring managers, either overtly or thru microagressions. Here […]
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What the Supreme Court’s LGBTQ Rights Ruling Means for Your Business

It’s illegal under existing civil rights law for employers to discriminate against someone on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. This comes through a new Supreme Court decision handed down Monday, June 15, that says that Title VII of the Civil Rights Code doesn’t limit the interpretation of “sex” to just gender, as the Trump […]
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10 Signs You May Be a Bad Boss

Are you a good manager or a bad one? That’s actually not an easy question to answer. There are times when good managers have employees who hate them and bad managers have employees who love them. Bad managers can get results while good managers can have failures.  If that’s possible, you may wonder why it’s important to […]
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How PPP Loan Changes Make Rehiring Much Easier

President Trump on Friday signed a Paycheck Protection Program reform bill into law–and with it just gave millions of businesses some extra time to bulk up on staff.  Approval of the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act, which unravels many of the PPP’s more onerous restrictions, should make it easier for small business owners to turn the loan into a grant […]
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New Study: You’re More Likely to Tell a Woman a White Lie in a Performance Appraisal

We tell white lies to be nice. We don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings, so we say something small that isn’t true. We learn this behavior at a very young age as we’re told to compliment Aunts on their terrible cooking. We carry this into adulthood, and it turns out, we continue to tell white […]
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How to Properly Reject Job Candidates

When you start a business, you get to hire the people you want. It’s a great feeling. But, you also have to reject a lot of candidates. While ghosting candidates has been popular over the years, it’s the wrong way to do it. You may not want to hire a candidate today, but that person might be […]
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Why You Should Follow Facebook and Pay Remote Workers Less

Like most tech companies, Facebook sent a lot of their employees to work from home when the Coronavirus struck. Now Mark Zuckerberg says they can stay–but there’s one catch: If they move out of a high cost of living area, they’ll likely see a pay cut. Zuckerberg says that by January 1, 2021, people who are approved […]
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Kroger’s Overpayment Shows How You Should Not Treat Employees

Never before has the world appreciated grocery store employees. They kept everyone fed while the world shut down and at personal risk. Grocery store giant, Kroger, offered employees emergency pay, but, unfortunately, a few employees were overpaid. This happens. It’s not a sign of a bad payroll system–it’s just a sign that when things change rapidly, mistakes sometimes […]
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The IRS Is Coming for Your Payroll Protection Loan

So many businesses took out Payroll Protection Plan (PPP) loans that the program’s first tranche maxed out in a few days. Many see this as the only way to save their small businesses. Now, the Internal Revenue Service says it wants a cut.  Typically, wages are tax-deductible, but for those who use the forgivable portion of a PPP loan to […]
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