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Two Reasons Why HR Stinks (and How to Fix It)

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An acquaintance just got her first job after being a stay at home mom for many years. She’s a recruiter. Salary? $10 10 an hour. Take that in for a minute.

2020 247

Swiss Saturday: English

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There’s a joke that Switzerland is the only country to have a national language that no one speaks: German.

2020 202

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Not Every Organization Needs to Reflect the Community

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A few days ago, Anthony Tommasini wrote an Op-Ed at the New York Times titled “To Make Orchestras More Diverse, End Blind Auditions.”

2020 266

Lessons from My Favorite Dentist

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David Morris died a few weeks ago at the age of 83. Fortunately, his family was with him, and it was peaceful. He was my dentist when I was a teenager and the father of one of my best friends.

2020 246

When Your Boss Doesn’t Let You Go on Vacation

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luxury hotel pool and summer vacation Photo by Engin Akyurt. Yesterday, Brenda Neckvatal and I talked about vacation and PTO usage on The Real HR Show.

2020 269

Your Employees May (Ahem) Be Doing Something Other than Work

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Your employees should not be viewing pornography in the office. Your employees should not be viewing pornography on company equipment, even out of the office.

2020 217

Why You Shouldn’t Be Accessing Your Emails While Furloughed

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You’re bored. You’ve already baked bread, made jam, and painted the kids’ bedrooms. Being out of work (even if receiving sufficient unemployment pay) can be tedious.

2020 277

What to Do If Employees Refuse to Wear a Mask

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“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.

2020 197

American Airlines Plans to Lay Off Almost 25,000

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Yesterday, tech reporter David Shepardson got a copy of the WARN letter that American Airlines sent to almost 25,000 employees. Breaking: @AmericanAir sending WARN notices to nearly 25,000 employees pic.twitter.com/ZFH3cg553i — davidshepardson (@davidshepardson) July 15, 2020.

What is the Future of Inclusion at Work?

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Diversity and inclusion are making the headlines today — of course. It is not like D&I is a new function, or that the concerns of having a diverse, inclusive workforce haven’t been around for years.

2020 169

Help Me Get Out of a Relocation Contract

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I recently left a company that had given me a tax-assisted relocation package. Totaling at $19k. I needed to stay employed with that company for 24 months per the contract. I left the company for a few reasons after 21 months. I was furloughed twice while there.

2020 192

In a Tweet, John Legend Gave All Business Owners a Critical Gut Check

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Photo by Flo Dahm.

2020 225

Recruitment is Weird Right Now: a Focus on the Positive

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Unemployment is through the roof, and there are absolutely no jobs available right now. Or, is it: Companies are desperate to hire and cannot get enough qualified applicants? It’s both. And it’s peculiar.

2020 147

US Women’s National Soccer Team Loses Pay Dispute in Court

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The United States Senior Women’s National Soccer Team (WNT) is a crowd pleaser and they won last year’s World Cup Title. Their paychecks, however, were a lot less than the United States Senior Men’s National Soccer Team (MNT).

2020 269

You Don’t Have to Give it All to Show True Leadership

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Photo by Kasumi Loffler. If you want to build employee loyalty, consider the example of Texas Roadhouse CEO Kent Taylor. He just donated his $800.000 in salary and bonuses to help keep his employees during the shutdown. Texas Roadhouse hasn’t had to lay anyone off or cut anyone’s pay.

2020 227

You Don’t Lack the Discipline

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Have you seen the “motivational” tweets and advice about what you should do during Quarantine? Like these: If you don’t come out of this quarantine with either: 1.) a new skill 2.) starting what you’ve been putting off like a new business 3.)

2020 279

Some of My Employees Don?t Want to Return to Work

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We’ve been given the go-ahead from the government to re-open our business. The only problem is that the employees don’t want to come back.

2020 245

Dilemma of the Month: Why Startups Need HR Help Before They Launch

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I’m launching my own company this year, with about 12 employees, and I’m thinking about the importance of human resources services. Should I hire someone for that position, or can I use an outside service or an online site? And what are the most important things I should do before I launch?

2020 216

Swiss Sunday: Rigidity

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Photo by Heiner. In the past, I’ve praised the Swiss school system , and there is much to admire. The Kindergarten concept is world-class, and every child should be so lucky as to attend a Swiss-style kindergarten. In Swiss Kindergarten, children focus on social skills.

2020 230

It?s Okay to Hate Your Job When Others Are Unemployed

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I got an email this morning from a reader who hates his job–for good reasons. He included this line: Now I’m in a job that I utterly despise. I dread every day. I know you will probably say I should be grateful, because so many are unemployed.

2020 246

Exhausted? Blame Zoom. Or Skype

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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.

2020 260

I Was Laid Off But Replaced. Is that Legal?

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Like many people, I was laid off as part of a company-wide reduction in workforce due to COVID 19. One of 50-60 people at a software company serving one of the hardest-hit industries. They did a decent job as far as paying some severance, etc.

2020 244

This is Not How You Do LinkedIn

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I love LinkedIn. I really do. I’ve made friends there. I’ve found many new clients there. And, I’ve had some really fun, business-oriented discussions there. I’m happy to connect with any of you there. But, today, when I checked my LinkedIn notifications, I found this.

2020 231

Things I Learned from My Terrible Playlist

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My brother challenged us all to make a playlist of our favorite 25 songs. The rules are no Christmas music, only one song per artist, and it shouldn’t take more than five to ten minutes to make. The latter is so that you don’t overthink it. I love music. i love all kinds of music.

2020 236

The IRS Is Coming for Your Payroll Protection Loan

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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.

2020 236

Age Discrimination or Protecting a Vulnerable Employee?

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My “position” was called back to our store after furlough but I was not. My coworker, who I trained and share the position with, was called back yesterday. No one will answer my calls or questions about my possible return. I am 58 years old and have had higher evaluation scores than my coworker.

2020 245

How Spending $21 Could Save Your Business $200,000

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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?

2020 147

The Hairdressers with Coronavirus Didn’t Infect Anyone Else. This is Great News for Your Business

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Photo by Engin Akyurt. You probably heard about the two hairstylists from Great Clips that worked while symptomatic with Coronavirus. 140 clients and seven coworkers were exposed. It was an outbreak waiting to happen, and guess what? It didn’t happen.

2020 211

How to Keep Remote Employees on Task Without Spying On Them

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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.

2020 234

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

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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.

2020 233

So What Does Hiring Look Like Now?

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Despite the staggering increase in layoffs over the past couple of months, some companies are still hiring. Amazon, for example, has hired more than 100,000 employees in four weeks and has plans to hire 75,000 more.

2020 233

You Love Dress Codes

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Last week I wrote about a judge’s request for lawyers (lawyers!) to get out of bed and put some clothes on before appearing in a virtual court.

2020 239

Why School Openings Matter to Your Small Business

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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.

2020 152

Why You Should Follow Facebook and Pay Remote Workers Less

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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.

2020 215

How to Properly Reject Job Candidates

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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.

2020 209

Swiss Saturday: Quarantine Version

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It’s day 4640 of quarantine here in the beautiful city of Basel. And, I do mean beautiful. We have had amazing weather and while, technically, we don’t have a stay at home order, I live smack in the middle of the city, so going out means running into other people.

2020 225

Airbnb’s CEO Shows All Businesses How to Conduct Layoffs

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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.

2020 214

What to Do If Your Managers Are Asking Recruiters to Discriminate

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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.

2020 188

I Got Fired in My Dream Last Night, and My Dream Boss Did It Wrong

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Do you have stress dreams? They used to be that it was the end of the semester and I’d forgotten about a class and now I was going to flunk it. Or, I couldn’t remember my locker combination.

2020 231

Sexual Harassment and Bullying During Telecommuting

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We all know cyberbullying is a problem. Perhaps we think about it as a teenage problem with the mean girls mocking someone over Snapchat. But, it can be a p roblem in the adult workplace.

2020 221

The Real HR Show: The Burnout is Catching up with US

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2020 179

Why You Should Require Employees Take Vacation

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When you launch a business , you tend to know everyone in the office. As such, it can give you the feeling that you can trust everyone. But small and mid-size businesses make up 68 percent of employee theft, according to Hiscox, an insurance company.

2020 157

The Secret to Writing Effective Job Descriptions

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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.

2020 147