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Pat DiDomenico

Well-written performance goals help energize employees and point them in right direction. But some managers and HR pros have trouble finding the right words. Here are 10 phrases to adapt, from 2600 Phrases for Setting Effective Performance Goals by Paul Falcone.

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What’s your HR I.Q.? Take the monthly quiz on HR news and trends for August to find out.

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Different employees crave different things from their managers. Here’s practical advice you can give the bosses in your organization. You’ll help them focus on the managerial qualities that matter most to employees—and forget about the window dressing workers don’t care about.

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The scandal de jour in Washington swirling around Omarosa Manigault Newman, a fired White House aide who wrote a tell-all book, has ignited a debate about the appropriate—and legal—use of nondisclosure agreements (NDAs) to block employees from disclosing information about a past employer.

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Some employers have given up on notifying unsuccessful candidates—not a smart move. Use these 7 tips for drafting simple, well-written rejection letters.

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Ivanka Trump has long expressed interest in making paid family or parental leave a reality. Now those efforts appear to be ramping up. Here’s what we know so far.

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You may dread confronting employees face to face about performance issues. But employees are far more likely to accept your critique and commit to improvement if you present those problems in a fair, concrete and “problem-solving” manner. Use these six tips as a framework to guide your discussion:

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It’s every company’s worst fear: A horrible employee decision leads to front page news and a PR crisis. In many cases, HR is on the front lines of such responses. Having a crisis plan ahead of time can literally save the company—and your career. Some recent examples: Starbucks faced protests and lots of negative press […]

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Here’s your monthly quiz on HR news and trends.

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This week, America’s “Second City” was first in HR knowledge and networking as 15,000+ HR professionals converged on Chicago for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) annual conference. You weren’t able to attend this year? No problem. Here are 18 of the most informative and inspiring quotes from the more than 230 sessions during […]

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Here’s your monthly quiz on HR news and trends.

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Maybe your company is growing fast and your HR department is short-handed. Or maybe your HR staffers aren’t as up-to-date on compliance requirements as they should be. As a pair of recent cases show, don’t expect any slack from the courts if you plead ignorance or overburden. In fact, not making an effort to learn […]

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Public pressure, a major new court ruling and new state and local laws are pushing more employers to make the decision to stop asking applicants how much they’ve been paid at previous jobs. So far, about a dozen states and more than 150 municipalities make it unlawful to ask about past salary information on job […]

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When it comes to employment law, hope isn’t a strategy. And rather than sitting back and hoping the spinning wheel of legal trouble (Lawsuits! EEOC claims! Agency fines!) won’t land on their organizations, hundreds of HR pros each year get updated on their HR compliance duties at the Labor and Employment Law Advanced Practices (LEAP) […]

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Here’s your monthly quiz on HR news and trends.

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Here’s your monthly quiz on HR news and trends.

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Here’s your monthly quiz on HR news and trends.

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Here’s your monthly quiz on HR news and trends.

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Here’s your monthly quiz on HR news and trends.

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A Virginia woman created a social media storm last month when she was photographed giving the presidential motorcade the middle finger while riding her bike. When she notified her bosses at Akima, a federal contracting firm, that she was the woman in the photo, they instantly fired her and escorted her out.

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