25

Jun

2019

A Simple “Thank You” Goes a Long Way

Author: Heather Nezich

A recent survey by Deloitte shows that 85% of professionals prefer a simple "thank you" as recognition for their day-to-day accomplishments.  While we likely all agree that recognizing others for their work is a positive thing, people differ in "how" they want to be recognized, "for what" and "by whom."

2

Apr

2019

From Colleagues to Best Friends – Workplace BFFs

Author: Keisha Ward

When it comes to evaluating employee engagement it has been shown that employers need to ask their staff one simple question, do you have a best friend at work? It may seem a bit silly or trivial at best; but it is true. This question happens to be one of the most important ways to assess whether your team members are happy, at work.

19

Mar

2019

Failure to Stop Workplace Rumor About Employee “Sleeping Way to Top” Can Create Sex Discrimination Liability

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

Gossip is a natural part of human behavior and an inevitable temptation in every workplace.  Evolutionary scientists believe that gossip among early humans was a way to communicate social norms and keep bad behavior in check.  A 2012 study conducted at the University of Amsterdam and later published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology found that 90% of office chit-chat is made up of gossip.  But employers should be aware that they have responsibility to investigate and...

5

Mar

2019

How to Avoid or Fix a Toxic Workplace

Author: Heather Nezich

While unintentional, many workplaces become labeled as toxic by their employees.  How can leadership identify this when it happens, and can it be repaired?

12

Feb

2019

Do You Have an Office Valentine?

Author: Heather Nezich

One out of every three American adults currently are or previously have been in a workplace romance, according to a new poll released by SHRM—the Society for Human Resource Management.  To help deal with the complications of workplace romance, many organizations implement love contracts.

8

Jan

2019

Mistakes Managers Make That Can Trigger Lawsuits

Author: Heather Nezich

Employer law suits have increased over the years.  And whether legitimate or not, they cost employers time and money.  Many of these lawsuits are not triggered by blatant abuse of employment laws, but rather simple managerial mistakes.

6

Nov

2018

When Employee Rights Collide in the Workplace

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Terry Bonnette, Partner, Nemeth Law PC presented on this topic at our Annual HR Conference last March.  It is an important issue today as a number of factors have risen, making HR shake their heads in confusion.  As seen in the news, the most vexing issue for employers today is how gender identity and sexual orientation rights are competing with religious beliefs and rights.  With these issues spilling into the workplace, it is important for HR to have a game plan when these...

29

Oct

2018

A Solution for Managing Millennials – Stop Stereotyping Them

Author: Heather Nezich

Wondering how to manage Millennials?  Some suggest to stop thinking of them as Millennials as a solution.  A study published in the Journal of Managerial Psychology shows there are many more attitude and behavioral differences within generations than between them.

16

Oct

2018

Why So Many Managers Have Poor Listener Syndrome

Author: Heather Nezich

The same qualities that describe a good listener, describe a good leader: respect, concern, an openness to new ideas, empathy, compassion, curiosity, trust, loyalty, and receptivity.  However, one of the lowest rated behaviors in 360-feedback surveys for managers is listening.

9

Oct

2018

The Effect of Workplace Drama on Your Bottomline and How to Stop It

Author: Heather Nezich

Drama – every workplace has it.  It can be annoying, but it can also cause bigger problems, including a loss to the bottom line.

9

Oct

2018

Employee Arbitration Agreements are Back

Author: Michael Burns

With last Spring’s Supreme Court Epic Systems Corp. ruling that upheld class action waivers and arbitration as a legal dispute resolution process, employers are once again free to require employees to sign alternative dispute resolutions agreements.

2

Oct

2018

Tips for Managing Workplace Gossip

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

According to a study from the University of Amsterdam published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 90% of office conversations qualify as gossip. That means we all have probably been guilty at one point or another of either participating in or being an enabler of workplace gossip.  When we think of workplace gossip, most of us imagine hallway or watercooler type conversations, but surprisingly research at the Georgia Institute of Technology concluded that gossip even makes up...

18

Sep

2018

Can Managers be Problem Employees?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Although cross functioning teams are the rage, and at times rightly so, it appears that too many bosses are like the adage too many cooks.  According to a Gartner survey, more than two-thirds of employees around the world say they have to consult with more than one boss to get their jobs done.  What does that mean?  It means that these employees waste significant amounts of time waiting for guidance from senior leaders.

18

Sep

2018

Compassion Goes a Long Way in the Workplace

Author: Heather Nezich

A recent study published by Binghamton University, State University at New York revealed that showing compassion to employees improves workers’ performance.  On the other hand, authoritarianism leadership has the exact opposite effect – negatively affecting work performance.

4

Sep

2018

Three Steps to Increasing Employee Engagement Through Internal Communications

Author: Heather Nezich

Organizations with high levels of employee engagement experience higher revenue, less employee stress and absences, higher customer satisfaction, and higher quality and safety.  It affects every aspect of the company.  According to research from Willis Towers Watson, effective internal communications can have a significant impact on employee engagement.

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