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Workplace Violence: How to Create a Prevention Plan

Posted by Carla Gunnin, John Snyder, and Ryan Chapoteau on Jun 19, 2019 10:28:00 AM

The potential for workplace violence is a realistic concern for all employers, no matter the industry, location, or employer size. With strategic planning, risk analysis, and other preventive measures, employers can help minimize the risk and be confident they are as prepared as possible.

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Topics: Mental Health, Management, Preparedness, Emergency

Employee Experience Must Mirror the Customer Experience

Posted by Sharlyn Lauby on Jun 12, 2019 10:08:00 AM

While it is true that employees aren’t the same as customers, on some level, they do expect the same experiences.

Technology is doing some wonderful things for the customer experience. I can make doctor appointments and see my lab results using an app. If my flight is delayed and I miss my connection, the Delta Airlines app will automatically rebook me on the next flight. It’s those little things that make life easier. And if individuals can get that experience in their personal lives, it could drive the employee experience they expect it in their work lives.

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Management

A Learning Culture Is Key to Increase Innovation, Productivity, and Retention

Posted by Jeff Miller, Ph.D. on Jun 5, 2019 10:19:00 AM

I've spent my entire career either learning or teaching. I've studied the psychology of learning, and I've been involved in helping everyone from executives to middle schoolers get better at it. I've learned a lot myself in that time – including that learning is consistently pushed last on the priority list.

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Topics: Retention, Education, Employee Engagement, Productivity, Management

Cobra Coverage to Qualified Beneficiaries After a Sale or Merger

Posted by Diane Cross on May 29, 2019 9:29:00 AM

A seller and buyer may contractually allocate COBRA responsibility as part of the transaction. If that is the case, COBRA responsibility will be outlined by the terms of the contract. In absence of contracted terms, or if the party who was contractually responsible for providing COBRA fails to do so, the IRS provides guidelines that outlines who has COBRA responsibility. Generally, if the seller maintains any group health plan after the transaction, the seller bears responsibility for providing COBRA coverage to the M&A qualified beneficiaries.

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Topics: Benefits, Employer, COBRA

Using Mindfulness to Infinitely Increase Your Capacity at Work

Posted by Carley Hauck on May 22, 2019 9:39:00 AM

What can you do to take control of your nervous system when your schedule feels jam-packed, you work in an open office, and there are dings and whistles from your phones and emails all day? Perhaps you’ve heard of the term, mindfulness, but don’t know exactly how to be more mindful. Aren’t you using your mind all the time?

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Topics: Mental Skills, Work Ethic, Mental Health

How Google Will Help Informed Candidates Find Jobs Faster

Posted by iCIMS on May 15, 2019 10:53:00 AM

With the tightest labor market in decades, candidates are going out of their way to be better informed and strategic in their approach when exploring new job opportunities. According to a 2018 study done by Aptitude Research Partners, companies define informed candidates “as having the right information for an interview, the right skills for the job, and someone who has conducted his or her own research”.

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Topics: Recruiting, Online, Digital Era

Managing Unplanned Absences

Posted by Francesca Amato on May 8, 2019 10:42:00 AM

The impact of absenteeism is real and has tangible effects, not just on managers, but the whole team. As a matter of fact, absence not only disrupts organizations and adds to everyone’s workload, but also causes a lot of stress because deadlines still need to be met. This leaves managers scrambling to find a replacement or having to shell out overtime to make up for lost productivity. It also creates a snowball effect among your employees - if people are overworked their quality of work will be reduced, which reflects badly on the team, hurting morale and lowering employee satisfaction. But don’t despair, here are some absence management suggestions that can help keep that avalanche of consequences at bay.

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Topics: Managing, Absenteeism

How a Cultural Audit Can Elevate the Onboarding Process

Posted by Lilith Christiansen on May 1, 2019 10:35:00 AM

Only 44 percent of employees believe their employer does a good job bringing new talent into the organization. Strategic onboarding seeks to solve that issue by moving beyond automating paperwork. Instead, it delivers a personalized journey that transforms new hires into fully functioning, integrated members of the team. Today’s onboarding approaches should provide clear expectations in terms of behavior and interaction with management, customers, and other employees.

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Topics: Company Culture, Onboarding, Audit

Tips For When A Key Employee Moves To A Competitor

Posted by Michael Faley on Apr 24, 2019 10:28:00 AM

As with most things in life, you should hope for the best but plan for the worst in the event that a valued employee leaves to join a competitor. This article contains some helpful tips to keep in mind following such a move by a key employee.

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Topics: Recruiting, Legal

AI Can Influence Diversity and Inclusion (for Better or Worse)

Posted by Ben Eubanks on Apr 19, 2019 9:33:00 AM

Last month news broke that an AI-powered facial recognition technology used by law enforcement was actually biased against, well, pretty much everyone other than white men. This news hit the public like a slap in the face, but it’s something I’ve been seeing behind the scenes for some time now. Artificial intelligence as a technology isn’t good or bad – it just is.

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Topics: Diversity, inclusive, AI

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