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5 Myths and Facts About Hiring Veterans

Simply said, it makes good business sense to hire veterans. Companies that do speak positively about this strategy, and the veterans often become leaders at those companies. Their loyalty, teamwork and initiative, enable them to bring great value to the private sector. ...




How to Navigate the New Realities of Technology in the Workplace

Technology has completely revolutionized the ways in which we work. From video-conferencing that allows employees to meet from anywhere in the world to wearable watches that notify us of emails while we’re out for a run, almost every area of business has been impacted by technology in some way, shape, or form. ...




Similarities Between Athletes and HR

The similarities between athletes and HR leaders might seem far-fetched to some, but whatever their differences on the surface may be, they are both trying to inspire and achieve greatness. Those of us within the HR industry have experienced the thrill of victory after successfully persuading the C-suite to embark on a new initiative, and we've also experienced the agony of defeat when an employee we've onboarded, trained and invested in leaves for a competitor. ...




What You Should Say in Your Maternity Leave Letter

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Now that you have a good idea about how long your maternity leave will be it's time to share this information with your employer. Deliver this exciting news in a written document addressed to your boss and any other pertinent people in your company, such as your HR manager. ...




Employees benefit from natural light

Workers exposed to sunshine sleep better and have a better quality of life, researchers say.
 
Natural light during the work day may benefit employees by improving their sleep and quality of life, according to a new study.
 
"There is increasing evidence that exposure to light, during the day – particularly in the morning – is beneficial to your health via its effects on mood, alertness and metabolism," study senior author Dr. ...




What Should Organizations Do About Workplace Stress?

After a month of torturous itching, Eloise finally saw a doctor for the red circular blotches on her arms. The diagnosis was nummular dermatitis, a rash often brought on by stress. The stress resulted from toiling for long hours as an interim financial manager, her latest consulting gig. ...




6 Questions to Ask When Creating a Paid-Sick-Leave Policy

CHICAGO—Paid sick leave has changed from an employment perk to a mandate in a growing number of jurisdictions, and each law has its own nuances. Compliance problems abound, particularly for employers in multiple jurisdictions.
 
"You have to look at the specific laws that affect your employees because each one is different," said Beth Baerman, director of communications and compliance at Michigan-based Attendance Demand Inc. ...




Why 'Gen Z' May Be More Entrepreneurial Than 'Gen Y'

We've heard that Gen Y, born between 1982 and 1993, is the most entrepreneurial generation, but the next generation is even more ambitious than them. Let me introduce you to Gen Z, those born between 1994 and 2010 -- a group that's comprised of high school students and younger, and is poised to become the most entrepreneurial generation we've ever seen. ...




‘Bob, you smell’: What to say to employees about embarrassing personal issues

Everybody dreads having those “difficult conversations” with employees about personal issues. Here are some examples of how they can be handled gracefully — including the actual words to use.
 
Paul Falcone, VP of Employee Relations for Time Warner Cable in Los Angeles and a respected author on employee management, gave an in-depth presentation on the topic at a SHRM conference in San Diego. ...




4 Ways to Be a Better Communicator and More Present in Conversations

Following this advice will not only prevent you from coming off like a jerk, but actually make you memorable.

What do you get when you cross a smartphone with the act of snubbing someone? “Phubbing.”
That’s not just a punchline -- the word is defined in multiple dictionaries, and close to 44 percent of people do it more than twice a day, according to research from the University of Kent. ...