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Make room for another poster on your breakroom wall. This week, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) released a highly controversial notice that employers will have to post in their workplaces by Nov. 14, 2011. The poster notifies employees of their right to form or join a union. What effect do you think the poster will have in your workplace ... if any?

With unemployment stubbornly hovering above 9%, job-seekers are having a hard time resisting the temptation to do some “creative writing” on their résumés. When does unique cross the line into just plain weird? Here are 10 of the most “memorable” résumé claims cited in a recent survey of HR pros and hiring managers ...

Remember the heroes of last year’s World Series-winning San Francisco Giants team—Buster Posey, Tim Lincecum, Brian Wilson … Robin O’Conner. Don’t remember Ms. O’Connor? The Giants’ $80,000-a-year payroll manager must have played a pivotal role because she got a $1,513,836 bonus. In reality, federal autorities say O'Conner embezzled that money the player’s paychecks. How would your organization handle a suspected embezzler? Follow these four tips ...

Hoarding may get your employees a spot on reality TV, but it could damage the professional image of workers—and hurt their chances at a promotion, recent surveys say. If your employees (or you) are organizationally challenged, heed these tips from CareerBuilder and OfficeTeam ...

After a frustratingly bad pitching performance last week, hot-blooded Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano cleaned out his locker, told the staff he wanted to quit baseball and left before the game was over. The next day, Carlos apparently looked at his most recent paycheck and decided to un-resign. That begs the question: How would you handle an employee who tenders a resignation, then changes his or her mind the next day? Can you hold them to their words? ...
Anecdotal evidence points to a great shift in pens, pencils, binders, folders, erasers and other office supplies from America’s workplaces to America’s classrooms as students return from summer break. Also, in late November and December, some companies report a surprising disappearance of Scotch tape. What's HR to do? Your options run the gamut from subtle hints to an Alcatraz-like lockdown and surveillance on the supply drawer ...

The explosion of of iPods, satellite radio and Internet music stations make it easy for employees to create their own personal soundspcape at work. You'll find plenty of studies on the productivity benefits. But tell that to the guy whose cubicle neighbor is jamming to his favorite Whitesnake playist. HR would be wise to set a music policy BEFORE it encounters complaints or even legal risks ...

The recession has ratcheted up America’s stress level, and employers are seeing the results spill out in their workplaces. Swearing is the most obvious example. So should you put an all-out ban on swearing at work? Probably not, here's why ...

Check out the signature lines on emails you receive. Are you seeing more “chief” this or “senior” that or “VP” of whatever? Title inflation—or “uptitling” or “title fluffing”—has been around forever, but it traditionally picks up speed during recessions. But the practice raises organizational, morale and even legal risks. Here are three issues to consider before changing a title ...

Ah, summer ... That wonderful time of year when everything slows down—including your business and your employees. The easiest thing to do, then, is just accept this state of affairs. After all, there is a gentlemen's agreement in the business world that operations are supposed to slow down a little in the summer, right? Wrong. Here are five ways for companies to keep their focus this summer ...

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