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Forward-Thinking HR: Lessons from Benjamin Franklin

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  – Benjamin Franklin. In HR, we often operate in the past, the present and the future. We operate in the past by preserving and safeguarding company information pertaining to events… continue
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Weighing up wellness programs: Is it right to ask employees what they weigh?

“How much do you weigh?”   This question might sound impolite. But employees in the US take note: the social awkwardness of group weigh-ins may be coming to a warehouse near you.   CVS Caremark is asking employees their weight… continue
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Easter, Passover, Hot Dogs & Veganism: Accommodating Religion in the Workplace

Are the hot dogs all beef? Does the rice and beans have ham in it? Is there pork in that egg roll? These are some questions I often find myself asking before taking a bite. My husband makes fun of… continue
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“You’re fired:” Axe ‘hero’ employees in haste, repent at your leisure

A question for US employers:  How would you treat a ‘hero’ employee at your organization? If an employee has reacted to exceptional circumstances by stepping outside of their day-to-day responsibilities in order to help others, would your first response be… continue
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Employers Must Respond To Make Sure Women Keep Pace in the Workplace

As we celebrate Women’s History Month in March, we recognize that 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of Betty Friedan’s life changing book The Feminine Mystique which ignited the women’s liberation movement and caused immense social and political change on all… continue
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Yahoo Turning Back the Clock on Telecommuting

Yahoo announced on February 25 that it is abolishing its work-at-home policy and requiring all telecommuters to work in the office. The e-commerce company Zappos also has revoked a policy that allowed certain individuals to work remotely. The stated rationale of… continue
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Presidential Performance Appraisals (5): Josiah Bartlet

In honor of President’s Day, I thought it’d be fun to take the Performance Appraisal process to the West Wing.   Each day this week, I will be discussing the art of communicating performance reviews while applying the theme of… continue
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Presidential Performance Appraisals (4): Franklin Roosevelt

In honor of President’s Day, I thought it’d be fun to take the Performance Appraisal process to the West Wing.   Each day this week, I will be discussing the art of communicating performance reviews while applying the theme of… continue
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Not All Wine and Roses in the Workplace

With Valentine’s Day approaching, many couples around the globe will celebrate with wine and roses. However, it seems as if each month there is a new story in the headlines about relationships in the workplace gone sour.   Last month,… continue
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Presidential Performance Appraisals (3): Millard Fillmore

In honor of President’s Day, I thought it’d be fun to take the Performance Appraisal process to the West Wing.
 
Each day this week, I will be discussing the art of communicating performance reviews while applying the theme of… continue
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