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Sacred cows are roaming your hallways. They’re grazing on profits, productivity and patience. To round them up and put them out to pasture, you need to be a constant cow hunter. And you need to get your entire team excited about tumbling those herds.

An hour worked must be an hour paid, according to the FLSA. For private employers, that means there’s no such thing as an employee putting in “volunteer” time. While the FLSA has been around for decades, some employers still think they can circumvent this inconvenient truth.

Tuning in to body language is one of the most important things you can do in business situations. Unfortunately, most of us become so wrapped up in what we’re saying, we forget to pay attention to the person we’re talking with. The solution: Look out for basic cues.

Dealing with an aging, financially unprepared workforce is a reality that should concern employers. It’s in the best interests of employers to improve the re­­tirement outcomes for their employees by creating a culture of retirement readiness. Here's a six-step plan that works:
Can you hear a colleague mention your name three cubicles over while in the middle of a task? If so, you can thank your Reticular Activating Center (RAS), which is similar to a big filter at the base of your brain. It’s up to you to program it for its highest and best use.
Last year, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings was Fortune's Business Person of the Year. Now, he’s getting slammed for what he acknowledges are a series of poor decisions and mishandled customer communications. Three lessons to learn from that:
The time to confirm employees’ Social Security numbers is when they’re hired, not when you’re slapped with a lawsuit for unpaid overtime and minimum wage violations. A federal trial court has ruled that an employer was out of bounds in requesting this information.
According to a recent poll, Americans are unsatisfied with their work and their lives. People of all ages, and across income levels, are unhappy with their supervisors and not engaged with what they do. What, if anything, can you do about this dismal state of affairs?
Studies show how hesitant people are to challenge offensive or sexist comments. But psychologist Heidi Grant Halvorson says there are at least three good reasons to confront someone making lewd or sexist comments—despite the fear of retaliation:
Some employers mistakenly believe that women can't take FMLA intermittent leave when they become pregnant. That’s simply not true. Women may take intermittent leave for normal prenatal care and any “incapacity” during pregnancy.
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