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Everybody feels their on-the-job motivation dip at times; but the blues can turn into a Level 10 job burnout if the blues are combined with overwork and underappreciation. To see if you are edging toward the crispy end of the burnout scale, take this 25-question self-assessment quiz ...

The Cosmo Quiz this ain't, but these brain-teasers on different aspects of work and the workplace should give you plenty of food for thought.

So you weren't able to make it to the big Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) annual conference in Orlando this week? No problem. We trucked the HR Soapbox south and brought back a big bag of HR wisdom, all arranged in a dozen tweet-sized quotable quotes ...
Have you ever thought about what constitutes assault, battery and "intentional inflictions of emotional distress" in the workplace? It has becoming an important concept for HR professionals to learn because employees’ attorneys these days are filing an increasing number of state-law assault claims based on conduct similar to that which gives rise to basic harassment suits.

Someday one of those HR software behemoths will crank out a program that lets you hire the absolute correct candidate through a simple eye scan or mouth swab. Until then, we have job interviews. Here are the top 10 mistakes made by interviewers and interviewees ... plus some strange-but-true memorable moments in interviewing history ...

HR people realize it’s part of their jobs to help supervisors deal with employee issues. But what if managers go overboard, reflexively dumping even the smallest of employee complaints onto HR?  Stop doing your manager’s dirty work! Teach bosses who instinctively turn to HR to, instead, seek solutions on their own. Here are four tips to make this happen ...
Under the Obama administration, the NLRB has begun involving itself in your workplace—unionized or not—more than ever. A new ruling could erase your ablity to prohibit employees from writing personal emails at work.
Employees crave more than just a paycheck from work. They want to go home feeling valued and respected for the job they do. Here are 10 phrases or questions that managers can use with employees to help build respect, gratitude and trust ...

Few issues churn up as much HR confusion and frustration as the FMLA. That's why organizations are typically more than happy to quickly pull the termination trigger right after employees reach their legally allotted 12 weeks of FMLA leave. But employees who need a finite amount of additional time off may be legally entitled to more leave as a "reasonable accommodation" under the ADA. Learn more ...

From March 12-14, 2014, hundreds of HR professionals from across the country gathered at the Bellagio in Las Vegas for the 10th annual Labor & Employment Law Advanced Practices (LEAP) Symposium, hosted by Business Management Daily and The HR Specialist. Here are some nuggets of wisdom from the event:
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