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The Big, Bad NLRB

by on January 5, 2012 5:10pm
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For most nonunion employers, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has always been one of those federal agencies that occasionally makes headlines but generally could be ignored ... Not anymore.

While the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses feel like the end of a long campaign season, it’s really just the beginning of a heated political year … one that could spill over into your workplace. Here are some tips on handling political activity in your workplace and employees' political advocacy outside of work ...

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently moved one step closer to changes that would give employers much less time to react to union organizing efforts … and make it easier for organizers to gain a toehold in your workplace. That’s why it’s important to take steps now to keep your organization union free. Some possible action steps ...

Santa’s not the only one delivering presents this holiday season. But it’s not all bottles of wine and Target gift cards out there. Here are some of the more, er, unique gifts given in the workplace ...

Looking to justify a request for an HR budget increase? A couple of news items this week should help. They say employees are getting more litigious and it’s much harder to comply with the alphabet soup of employment laws and regulations.

By now you’ve heard of this week's scandal involving a former Penn State football coach and the university’s decade-long cover-up of his alleged molestation of young boys. One HR lesson is obvious: Employers can never ignore reports of misconduct and harassment by employees against anyone—co-workers, clients or anyone on the premises. But at what point does harassment cross the line into something more serious (like assault) that requires an employer to call to the police? ...

How would you grade your social media intelligence? If you’ve been sticking your head in the ground and hoping all the Facebook/Twitter buzz would stop buzzing, a recent report says it’s time to start paying more attention.

The 15 Scariest Jobs in America

by on October 27, 2011 4:00pm
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As Halloween approaches, workers and workplaces are dressing the part. But when it comes to the actual jobs we perform, some professions are more frightening than others. CareerBuilder today published results of a survey that asked 4,300 American workers what they consider the scariest professions. The results ranged from the death-defying (firefighter) to the potentially humiliating (stand-up comic) to the truly creepy (cemetery worker). The top 15, in order ...

You want your employees to innovate … to take risks. But innovations carry a high rate of failure. How does your company respond to failed initiatives? Is it a "no-mistakes" culture? Some leaders are working to change the risk-averse culture at their organizations. In fact, they’re going out of their way to celebrate employee failures. Some examples ...

The “What Were They Thinking” file is full of stories about managers with a distorted view of team building exercises. Their misguided efforts not only crushed morale but triggered expensive legal claims. Leading nominees from the Hall of Shame just in the past year…
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