23

Jun

2020

10 Best Practices for Employee Communication During a Crisis

Author: Linda Olejniczak

Employers can earn the trust of their employees through timely and accurate communication.  But how to communicate and how much is a question that came up in a recent ASE Member Roundtable regarding COVID-19 in the workplace.

19

May

2020

Body Language & What it Says on Video Calls

Author: Sheila Hoover

Remote work has overcome our culture, and video conferencing has become a standard way of communicating with our peers, teams, leadership, and customers.  While video conferencing existed prior to the pandemic, we now find ourselves utilizing this method of communication as a daily activity.  The way we present ourselves physically on video says a lot to the other participants on the call. 

4

Feb

2020

Happy Valentine’s Day! Time for Review of Effective Inter-Office Dating Policies

Author: Michael Burns

With Valentine’s Day coming up in just over a week, what better time to gaze at employer policies addressing relationships as well as review non-discrimination policies that employers passionately hope will keep them out of trouble. Surveys have found up to 85% of 18 to 29-year olds would consider having a romantic relationship with a co-worker. A CareerBuilder survey found that 38% of respondents had dated a co-worker at least once, and 31% of them reportedly went on to marry the...

14

Jan

2020

What HR Can Learn from Mr. Rogers

Author: Heather Nezich

Is it a beautiful day in your workplace neighborhood?  Mr. Rogers was known for teaching children acceptance, empathy, kindness, honesty, and so much more.  As HR professionals, these lessons can be applied to the workplace.

7

Jan

2020

Is a “Culture of Nice” Detrimental to an Organization?

Author: Heather Nezich

According to research from Fierce Conversations, the majority of U.S. employees — regardless of gender or seniority — feel they cannot share an idea, opinion, or concern at work due to a fear of disrupting their role at their company.  The survey found that nearly 63% of U.S. employees have chosen not to share a concern or negative feedback at work.

10

Dec

2019

Survey Finds Toxic Workplace Behavior Continues to be Ignored

Author: Heather Nezich

The number one response to coping with toxic employees is to ignore them, with 44% of respondents noting this is their preferred approach, according to new research conducted by Fierce Conversations on toxic workplace culture. Addressing behavior with management comes in second, with confronting them the third-most preferred option.

26

Nov

2019

Politics in the Workplace – Keeping it Civil

Author: Heather Nezich

Although conventional business wisdom has held that employees should check their political opinions at the door while at work, with the heated presidential election less than a year away that isn’t always the case. A new SHRM survey shows that not only are political conversations occurring at work, they're on the rise—and causing conflicts.

12

Nov

2019

Suicide Awareness – Workplace Strategies for Employers

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

According to federal data, suicide rates in the United States have recently hit their highest rate since World War II.  There has been a 33% increase just since 1999.  High rates of stress, pressures, isolation factors of social media use, and opioid abuse are some of the larger contributing factors. 

1

Oct

2019

What Managers Do That Make Employees Quit

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

We’ve all heard the saying, “people leave managers, not companies.”  Managers have the most direct influence on the employees they supervise, and creating effective retention strategies to decrease turnover should be one of their most important jobs.  With the tight labor market and the unemployment rate hitting a record 50 year low, many employers have indicated that finding and retaining good talent is their greatest obstacle for growth. 

6

Aug

2019

Workplace Safety Can Worsen Under Bullying Bosses

Author: Heather Nezich

A new Portland State University study suggests that bullying bosses can negatively impact workplace safety. Bosses’ behaviors can strengthen or weaken employees’ sense of belonging to the work group by supporting or undermining their status within the group, potentially setting into motion certain consequences.

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: Anonym

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.

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