EverythingPeople This Week!

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.

28

Aug

2018

Toxic Employees – Know How to Handle Them So You Don’t Lose Your Best Employees

Author: Heather Nezich

Toxic employees continue to wreak havoc on the workplace. However, instead of confronting them, other employees tend to do little to address them directly, according to a 2017 survey by Fierce, Inc., leadership development and conversation experts.

19

Jun

2018

Employees Taking Revenge on Each Other?

Author: Heather Nezich

Remember The Office episode where Jim puts Dwight’s stapler in Jello?  Well, apparently workers taking revenge on each other happens in real life too.

 

29

May

2018

Work Doesn’t Have to be a Drag This Summer – Make it Fun!

Author: Heather Nezich

School might be letting out soon, but most workplaces continue throughout the season with no break.  With summers being so short here in Michigan, some employers offer special, summer-only perks to add some fun over the summer.

15

May

2018

Unexpected Ways to Increase Workplace Collaboration and Productivity

Author: Heather Nezich

When you think of wayss to increase collaboration at work you might consider bringing remote employees in-house and creating open work spaces.  But surprisingly, these methods could backfire.

3

Apr

2018

The Detrimental Effects of Micromanagement

Author: Heather Nezich

Micromanagement can destroy employee motivation, creativity, and job satisfaction, and it is the biggest complaint workers have.  If not addressed, employees are likely to leave.  And if there is no exit interview performed, an organization might not even realize it’s happening.

27

Mar

2018

Harassment by Emojis – The Newest Headache for HR

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

Several weeks ago, in EverythingPeople This Week!, we reported on studies that showed that when an employee uses emojis in their work communications it can actually make them look less competent.  Aside from the impact to an employee’s reputation, there is a more sinister issue HR needs to be aware of.  Emoji use has now become another potential avenue for sexual harassment.

13

Mar

2018

Brace Yourself for the March Madness Productivity Drop

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

The highly televised Olympic games just ended and over the course of 2½ weeks in February, NBC live streamed all 1,800 plus hours of the winter games.  For employers, this provided plenty of distractions as employees often diverted their attention to track their favorite sports and athletes.  Now that the calendar has flipped to March, employers should be prepared for the next productivity drain – the March Madness NCAA college basketball tournament.  

6

Mar

2018

Has a Rude Coworker Ever Ruined Your Day?

Author: Heather Nezich

A new study revealed that witnessing a rude act in the morning can hurt work performance all day.  Additional studies have shown that the disengagement caused by rudeness can result in significant revenue loss and project delays.

13

Feb

2018

Love Contracts in the Office?

Author: Heather Nezich

Many employees have signed non-disclosure agreements or non-compete agreements, but a love contract?  With all the recent news around sexual harassment in the workplace, employers are taking a new, stricter stance on romance in the office.

30

Jan

2018

Do You Work with a Psychopath?

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

When you think of a psychopath, images of a serial killer are often a first reaction. Perhaps characters such as Hannibal Lecter from Silence of the Lambs or Patrick Bateman from American Psycho come to mind. But the vast majority of individuals that have psychopathic personality traits are nothing like the characters portrayed in the movies and are encountered in everyday life, including in the workplace.

2

Jan

2018

2018 Economic Forecast

Author: Michael Burns

At the close of 2017 and the start of 2018 experts provide forecasts and data on what this year’s economy may experience. The following are some of those forecasts.

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