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    Intranet Policy

    _The **Intranet policy** states that all information on the intranet is the company’s property; all employees who use the intranet are required to follow this policy, all other relevant company policies (e.g., harassment, nonsolicitation, and respect for dignity), and all applicable laws (e.g., copyright, discrimination). Employees assume all responsibility for their accounts. It covers passwords and violation of privacy and prohibits ...
    Published almost 10 years ago | Rate This
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    Is Your Drug Abuse Prevention Program Effective?

    Is Your Drug Abuse Prevention Program Effective?
    Employer programs for drug abuse prevention have three major goals. First, to keep drug abusers out of the work force by screening job applicants. Second, to deter employees from developing a drug abuse problem. And finally, to rehabilitate employees who have a drug abuse problem. However, employers should keep in mind that this last goal - rehabilitation - is the ultimate ...
    Published almost 10 years ago | Rate This
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    Anti-Harassment Policy

    _The **Anti-Harassment Policy** states that the Company will investigate any report of harassment to obtain details of the conduct. It also states the interview procedure that will be followed and who will be part of the investigation team, as well as discipline measures._ h4. Subject: Investigation of Harassment h4. Organization: Anonymous h4. Example of: Standard h4. Investigation of Harassment Interview the ...
    Published almost 10 years ago | Rate This
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    Why Do Businesses and Leaders Fail?

    Why Do Businesses and Leaders Fail?
    I hate the term "soft skills". To me, it's a weak and misleading label that attempts to categorize everything that really matters about leadership and business success into a bucket of fluff. Any leadership development professional should know better. Given that, I know it's a common term used by every day people. It's because they don't know what else to call ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Disability-Related Questions You Can and Cannot Ask

    Examples of Permissible/Impermissible Disability-Related Questions You Can and Cannot Ask Diabetes — An individual with diabetes applying for a receptionist position voluntarily discloses that she will need periodic breaks to take medication. The employer may ask the applicant questions about the reasonable accommodation such as how often she will need breaks, and how long the breaks must be. Of course, the ...
    Published almost 10 years ago | Rate This
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    Hustle, Not Talent

    Hustle, Not Talent
    I believe in hustle. Hustle to me is a state of mind. It is a combination of working hard and working quickly. You make mistakes quicker, you make adjustments quicker and you have success quicker. Not only that but once you find success, you sustain that success through continuing the cycle. Hustle doesn’t take a college degree or pedigree. You don’t ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    10 Tips for Developing Your Leadership “Cojones”

    10 Tips for Developing Your Leadership “Cojones”
    Note from Dan: while I normally write a PG blog, this post is rated PG13, parental discretion is advised. Sarah Palin recently said on Fox News Sunday that President Obama doesn't have "the cojones" to effectively address the issue of illegal immigration. Yikes, when’s the last time you heard a political leader accused of that? Actually, according to my extensive 10 ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Leave Bank Policy

    _The **Leave Bank policy** allows employees to donate accumulated paid time off (PTO) for use by other employees whose sick and other paid leave has been exhausted. It documents the procedures for granting of leave bank days, administrative procedures, eligibility of employees, donation of leave, and general rules. The company may, at any time, discontinue the leave bank. All days remaining ...
    Published almost 10 years ago | Rate This
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    Performance Management: Not Everybody's a Superstar

    Performance Management: Not Everybody's a Superstar
    It's time to take off the type-A blinders and get some perspective; not everybody in the workplace is a superstar or future leader, and a lot of people don't want to be. They want to work, to get things done, to keep things moving and to do a good job of it. They don't have huge egos or need constant attention, ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Americans with Disability Act (ADA)

    Synposis: The ADA discrimination against "qualified individuals with disabilities." This includes applicants for employment and employees. An individual is considered to have a "disability" if s/he has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, has a record of such an impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment. Persons discriminated against because they ...
    Published almost 10 years ago | Rated: +6
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    How To Avoid Whistleblower Retaliation Claims - Part 2

    In an earlier post entitled "How To Avoid Whistleblower Retaliation Claims - Part 1":http://hrpeople.monster.com/training/articles/93-how-to-avoid-whistlblower-retaliation-claims---part-1, we cited five proactive steps an employer should consider to limit his or her liability. The fifth step was to establish a procedure for responding to whistleblower complaints. Here are some guidelines that may be helpful in developing an effective procedure: 1. Recognize the complaint. The first ...
    Published almost 10 years ago | Rate This
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    Layoffs and Recalls Policy

    _The **Layoffs and Recalls policy** covers the procedures for: aiding employees whose jobs have been eliminated; alternative action before layoff; maintaining benefits and who is eligible; part-time or temporary employees’ rights during a layoff; “bumping” sequence; and recall notice._ h4. Subject: Layoffs and Recalls h4. Organization: Anonymous h4. Example of: Standard Policy It is the company’s policy to notify an employee ...
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    The Consolidated Omnibus Reconciliated Act (COBRA)

    Synopsis: Congress passed the landmark Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) health benefit provisions in 1986. The law amends the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the Internal Revenue Code and the Public Health Service Act to provide continuation of group health coverage that otherwise might be terminated. COBRA provides certain former employees, retirees, spouses, former spouses, and dependent children the right ...
    Published almost 10 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Employment Applications Are For Everyone

    Employment Applications Are For Everyone
    A few weeks ago I wrote a post about anti-harassment training and mentioned the time that I read about one of my employees in the newspaper — specifically their alleged inappropriate conduct. There's another piece of that story I wanted to share with you because I learned a very valuable lesson with the situation. Everyone needs to complete an employment application. ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Do Your Job Postings Suck?

    Do Your Job Postings Suck?
    Someone recently sent me this link to a job posting as an example of a company that finally got a job ad right. What's awesome about this ad is that you can actually read it and understand what the job is all about. There's no incomprehensible jargon, no sentences that sound like they were lifted out of a poorly-written internal processes ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Interview with David Zinger, Employee Engagement Specialist

    Interview with David Zinger, Employee Engagement Specialist
    Following is an interview with David Zinger, founder and host of the Employee Engagement Network. [Note: this interview is excerpted from Sybil F. Stershic’s Quality Service Marketing Blog on Internal Marketing & Internal Communications.] 1. In talking about employee engagement as something that “enriches everyone in the workplace,” you emphasize that “It is not sucking out more discretionary effort from ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Frequently Asked Questions About Health Insurance Portability Law

    Frequently Asked Questions About Health Insurance Portability Law
    Q. How will the new law help people who currently have health insurance through their employer and who want to change jobs? A. Currently some plans do not cover pre-existing medical conditions. HIPAA limits this practice so that most plans cover an individual’s pre-existing condition after 12 months. If at the time you change jobs you already have 12 months of ...
    Published almost 10 years ago | Rate This
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    How Well Do You Communicate With Your Employees?

    How Well Do You Communicate With Your Employees?
    It is important that an employer ensure that his or her employees are fully informed of company benefit programs and policies as well as other matters of general interest. For example, the company employee handbook could be supplemented by a regularly published (in print or electronically or both) company newsletter or other written forms of communication. Not only would the newsletter ...
    Published almost 10 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Gender Diversity: Why They Leave, and Why They Stay

    There are key differences in the ways men and women evaluate potential job changes and make career decisions. Our findings show that men are more likely to value direct returns from work, like salary and benefits. They are also more aggressive and less risk averse with respect to using job changes to fuel career growth. In contrast, women tend to attach ...
    Published almost 10 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Performance Appraisal Form

    This sample Performance Appraisal form is a confidential, handwritten report based on a meaningful two-way discussion with the employee. It uses a 5-number rating system, where 1 is the strongest and 5 is the weakest rating. This form is used to assess dependability, interpersonal relationships, job performance, initiative, job knowledge, attendance and punctuality, support of company policies, as well as safety ...
    Published almost 10 years ago | Rated: +1

Poll: How do you feel about crying at work?

Poll: How do you feel about crying at work?