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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What Your Employees Want for Holiday Presents in 2020

I love a good workplace holiday party, but this is not the year to bring everyone together in a hotel ballroom. Nope.  And while there’s no legal or even moral obligation to give presents to your staff, it will be appreciated. But what to give? Budgets may be tight, and everyone may still be working […]
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LinkedIn Etiquette for Managers, Employees, and Recruiters

LinkedIn has 660 million users–and that number continues to creep up. With that many people, it’s a fantastic place to network, share ideas, and even make new friendships. There are lots of options for interacting on LinkedIn, but some things people do may limit the usefulness of this career-focused social media site. I spoke to […]
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Tony Hsieh, Former Zappos CEO and Holacracy Pioneer Dies at 46

Entrepreneur and management revolutionary Tony Hsieh passed away on Friday, November 27, 2020, after injuries sustained in a house fire.  Hsieh was, famously, the former CEO of Zappos, a company that revolutionized shoe shopping and how customer service worked. He also pioneered a management concept called holacracy. While Zappos quietly backed away from holacracy, it left a lasting […]
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Working From Home Can Save You Money. Should Your Taxes Go Up?

We all agree that whether we work at home or in an office, we need roads. There are many other government services that we need (although many of us will debate what those are, so we’ll stick to roads here). But, when you have your employees work from home, what happens? Well, they drive less. Yay! […]
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Working When Election Tensions Are Still High

My fondest dream was to wake up to a clear presidential election winner. As of 6 a.m. Eastern time on November 4, it was clear that wasn’t happening. It would take days. Days of indecision means days of mounting pressure. My Twitter and Facebook feeds are getting increasingly stressed out, with both sides convinced the other side […]
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New Diversity Training Requirements for Federal Contractors

President Trump released an Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping on September 22, 2020, giving federal employees instructions on diversity training. This controversial move left people confused, with many people claiming that President Trump canceled diversity and inclusion training altogether. However, it does not ban diversity training. What it does ban is training that relies on […]
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What to Do When Your Employees Want a Stress Leave

The Center for Disease Control reported that, as of late June, 40 percent of adults were struggling with mental health or substance abuse. Forty percent. Chances are a good number of your employees are in that 40 percent, and you may well be also. The pandemic and the damage caused by the shutdowns have caused an incredible amount […]
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The Sure Way to Alienate Your Employees During Covid

All employees are required to wear masks when walking around, keep socially distanced while seated, and must eat lunch their desks–no group lunches in the cafeteria. Unless, of course, you’re part of the executive team. They walk the halls without masks and eat lunch together in a conference room. One of my readers described this […]
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The House Just Voted for Additional Protections for Pregnant Workers. What That Means for You

Pregnancy shouldn’t be an issue in job interviews, assignments, promotions, or day-to-day work. But it is, and sometimes women don’t have the protection that they think they do. For instance, if an employee’s doctor says she should be on light duty due to the pregnancy, the business only has to provide this if it does so for disabled employees. It can […]
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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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