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A recent HR Specialist poll found that casual attire is the norm in 88% of our readers’ workplaces. But a culture of dressing down doesn’t mean organizations don’t need a dress code. What people wear to work is more than a matter of personal preference. One area of primary concern is safety.

Bosses aren’t the only ones who can provide feedback to employees. Giving negative feedback requires you to counsel and criticize in a way that alerts a co-worker to where the problem lies and what must be done to solve it. Follow this seven-step method:
Erroneous assumptions about overqualified candidates may cause you to miss out on a great employee and lead to a discrimination claim, so it's important to change your mindset. Here are three myths concerning "overqualified" job candidates:
There’s a good chance that what your employees actually do every day has little in common with what’s written in their job descriptions. That’s a problem. Inaccurate or in­­complete job descriptions can cause legal liability for ­­employers, especially if the EEOC or the DOL comes calling.
The best leaders spend less time transmitting and more time receiving. The transmitters are so focused on driving their agenda and goals that people eventually tune them out. The receivers do more than just hammer the message home—they stop to learn and observe what’s going on with people.

More than half of U.S. employers are having trouble filling mission-critical positions, a ManpowerGroup report notes. It’s time to turn around the trend. Here are nine ways organizations are addressing the post-recession skills shortage:

A narcissistic personality has its merits. Steve Jobs’ narcissism, for example, helped instill cult-like loyalty from employees. Such a leader might take dizzying risks that others wouldn’t. But narcissism has a darker side, too.

When you get wind of a potential harassment situation at work, one of HR’s first steps is to talk to the alleged harasser. It’s highly unlikely you’ll get a full confession in that first meeting. Your role is to sort through the explanations to identify the truth. Be on the lookout for these 10 common excuses:

New to the organization, an executive set out from the start to show that he was open to ideas from his team. Deep down, he suspected the group had some knowledge that it hadn’t shared. So he knew the first step was to create an open culture where employees felt safe enough to speak up.

Negative employee attitudes and less-than-professional behavior can poison the workplace atmosphere. Here are some tips for nipping negativity before it derails morale, ensuring discipline warnings are legally compliant and investigating even seemingly frivolous complaints.

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