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Predictable Scheduling Laws: The Next Trend in Workplace Regulations

Seattle will likely be the next city to limit employers’ use of on-call scheduling
 
Inconsistent work-scheduling practices—such as "just-in-time" or on-call scheduling—in the retail and restaurant industries have led some cities to pass or consider laws that provide more stability for workers. ...




How You Reject a Job Candidate Defines Your Recruitment Strategy

In organization's HR team can create advocates out of any applicant—even the rejected ones—by ensuring each candidate has a positive experience. But too many organizations ignore, or blunder through the potentially unpleasant part of the recruitment process in which hopeful candidates must be told "Thanks, but no thanks. ...




A question to ask yourself about iffy job candidates

The next time you come across a resume that doesn’t quite knock your socks off, there’s a question you may want to ask yourself before digging deeper into the pile.  
 
The question: If the “iffy” candidate’s degree had come from a higher-profile university, or their work experience had fewer gaps, would you then bring the person in for an interview?
 
If your answer is “yes,” Regina Hartley, vice president of HR at UPS, thinks you should probably bring that person in for a chat. ...




Help Your Employees Save for Retirement by Educating Them

Saving for retirement is an important consideration for workers of any age. But your employees may not be taking the proper steps to secure their future — because they don't know any better.
 
A recent survey of 1,000 U.S. employees by Ramsey Solutions, which provides personal finance education, found that 40 percent of workers, including 70 percent with zero retirement savings, have no access to any type of employer-sponsored information about retirement or finances. ...




Women In The Workplace: Three Questions To Ask Your Leaders

As a mother of a professional working daughter, the under-representation of women at every level of the workforce concerns me. Women are 33% more likely to gain a college degree than men, and make up 47.5% of the country’s labor force, yet the gender gap remains.
 
In 1972 Katherine Graham of the Washington Post Company became the first female CEO of a Fortune 500 firm. ...




This is How You Create the Ideal Millennial Workplace

Millennial workers are a breed of their own. Having grown up alongside some of the same tech tools we use today and in the shadow of life-changing events like 9/11 and the Great Recession, they’re no stranger to change, technology or innovation. And employers want them on their team. ...




Recognizing Sexual Harassment

Recognizing sexual harassment in the workplace may not seem like a difficult thing to do. The most commonly reported instances of sexual harassment in the workplace are typically instances wherein the harassment is recurrent and blatantly offensive. Unwelcome touching or kissing, relentless sexual inquiries, or uttering explicit comments all fall under the umbrella of sexual harassment that mistreated women (and, less frequently, men) unjustly carry. ...




Dealing with acidic attitudes: Help for your managers

Every workplace has negative people who erode morale. They’re not always easy to pick out of a crowd, but they can do an amazing amount of damage over time.
 
Most of the time, these folks don’t make the big mistakes that call attention to themselves. ...




Should Workers Over 40 Have Four-Day Weekends?

If new research suggests that cutting the hours of older workers could boost productivity—and a company’s bottom line—should employers take heed? 
 
While the prospect may sound outlandish, consider that Ford Motor Company founder Henry Ford was viewed as a radical—and was even called “crazy”—when in 1914 he doubled employees’ pay and reduced their work time from nine to eight hours a day. ...




Make Every Day Labor Day with 3 Creative Ways to Celebrate Your Employees

It’s been over 100 years since President Grover Cleveland established Labor Day as a federal holiday. Officially recognized in 1894, Labor Day was born out of the rise of workers’ rights during the peak of the Industrial Revolution. Today, we reap its benefits, including minimum wage and overtime laws. ...