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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Your Work from Home Employees Are Burning Out. You Can Help

When your commute is only 30 seconds long and doesn’t even require pants, it’s easy to think that a whole lot of stress is gone. And, sure that commuting stress is gone, but so is your time to sit alone and listen to a podcast.  Working from home can cause a different kind of burnout. One, where […]
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How to Keep Remote Employees on Task Without Spying On Them

When you take part in a Zoom meeting, you can see your own face on the screen and you should be fully aware that your coworkers can see you and whatever is behind you. This has resulted in some hilarious situations as children, pets, and spouses have wandered into meetings. But, it’s also possible that your boss is watching […]
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Airbnb’s CEO Shows All Businesses How to Conduct Layoffs

The Covid-19 shutdowns have struck the travel industry, and so it’s no surprise that Airbnb needs to layoff workers. What is surprising is the way Airbnb Co-Founder and CEO Brian Chesky went about it. He released a letter to Airbnb staff, explaining the layoff. Here’s what he did right. Explained the situation These are unusual times, and of course, every […]
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Why Some Employees Don’t Want You to Reopen

Jamie Black-Lewis owns two spas that had to close due to Coronavirus shutdowns. Like many other small business owners, she applied for and received a loan under the Payroll Protection Plan. In order to be forgivable, she needs her employees to come back to work and to use most of that money on payroll. They don’t want […]
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Exhausted? Blame Zoom. Or Skype

I cannot even begin to count the number of video conferences I’ve done since the beginning of March. I’ve worked exclusively at home for 11 years, and so I thought I was as up to date as anyone on remote communication. I teach a daily class via Skype and thought I was prepared for all my […]
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You Can Give Your Employee Antibody Tests, But You Shouldn’t

Just about everyone wants to see life get back to normal–whatever that means. But, how do you do it safely? Some businesses are talking about doing antibody testing for Covid-19 to determine if people are safe to return to work.  Normally, medical tests (including taking workers’ temperatures) would be prohibited by law, but nothing is normal right […]
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Ramadan Etiquette in the Office

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan runs from April 23 to May 23 in 2020, which means that you may have co-workers who aren’t eating or drinking between sun up and sundown. Considering the days are quite long in the northern hemisphere this seems like it could be a long and miserable day. How should […]
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How ‘Workshares’ Can Help You Keep Employees on the Payroll

Most jobs cannot be done exclusively at home. Essential employees who cannot work at home need to go into work, but what can you do for your non-essential employees who can’t do their jobs from home? Or even, what happens when there just isn’t enough work or enough revenue to pay people–even if they can work […]
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A Judge’s Request Highlights Why You Need a Telecommuting Dress Code

We’re all a bit more relaxed when we work from home. Understood. But, some attorneys took it a bit too far and had the Weston, Florida (because, of course, it was Florida) Bar Association had to add this pop-up message to their website: One comment that needs sharing and that is the judges would appreciate it […]
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