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AUG
04

5 Strategies for Welcoming a New Employee to the Team

Everyone has been the "new guy" at some point, and the first days at a new job are almost always overwhelming as the new hire begins learning new processes and meets a whole office of new people. So before you throw your new hire into the deep end of the pool without a flotation device and no prior knowledge regarding his or her swim experience, take a minute to reflect on how you felt on your first day. This perspective can help you better understand how your new employee feels and respond accordingly. Empathy goes a long way but taking steps to ensure your employee feels welcome leaves a long-lasting impression. Read below for how to welcome a new employee to the team.
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JUL
28

10 Questions You Can’t Ask During an Interview

Interviewees may think that all of the pressure is on them during interviews, but that's not always true. As managers and business owners look for a new employee, they feel the pressure of finding the perfect person while making sure they ask questions that reveal character, goals, and qualifications without being too invasive. There is a long list of questions that could be misconstrued, resulting in claims of discrimination and a hefty bill from your lawyer. That's why it's crucial that employers know what they can and can't ask interviewees. Any direct questions about disabilities, race, age, sex, medical conditions, or religion could result in a serious problem for the employer.
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JUL
21

HR Confidentiality: What to Expect for Employers and Employees

Let's imagine that an employee gets upset with the behavior of his/her employer and in an effort to solve the issue, consults the company's HR representative. Is this conversation confidential? What rights do employers have to know what is discussed between the HR representative and employee, especially if it's involving the employer? Confidentially seems to be a cut and dried concept, but there are a lot of grey areas, and we want to cover those for you!
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JUL
14

How to Overcome Unconscious Bias in the Workplace

By definition, unconscious bias, also known as implicit bias, is "bias that results from the tendency to process information based on unconscious associations and feelings, even when these are contrary to one's conscious declared beliefs." The key word is unconscious – and that word is exactly what makes implicit/unconscious bias so hard to identify and prevent. However, failing to attempt to identify and prevent this unconscious behavior can cause harm within the workplace. If it's unconscious, how does one identify it? It's simple – self-evaluation. Actively take a look at your behaviors and learn how you can improve for the good of your employees and company.
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JUL
07

How to Maintain Company Culture in a Time of Social Distancing

Many companies pour time and money into building a positive company culture. They plan picnics, play team-building games, and go out of their way to make sure employees can effectively collaborate, thus forming a highly productive team. However, a pandemic certainly changes typical team-building tactics as employees are required to participate in social distancing in the office, or even work from home. This lack of interaction can hinder the progress of your company culture, but only if you let it!
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JUL
01

How to Prepare for the COVID-19 Baby Boom

The end of World War II was a much-needed sigh of relief for people all over the world. Joy was running high and soldiers were returning home to their wives after months and even years of service. It's safe to say you know what happened after that – a whole generation known as the "baby boomers" were born. Though it's not quite the same thing, we may experience a similar situation as Shelter-in-Place orders are slowly dissolving across the nation after months of being shut up in our homes. It may not be a whole generation, but you will likely see a spike in pregnancies in the coming months. Here's what you should know in case we experience a COVID-19 baby boom!
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JUN
17

Will the Workplace Return to Normal?

Due to the pandemic, we have all had to make some serious changes to our lifestyles. While most have been unwelcome, there is one thing that many employees seem to have enjoyed – working remotely. With many offices having set business hours, employees previously didn't have the option to work from home, but with Shelter-in-Place orders came a wave of possibilities for the digital nomads of the world.
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JUN
03

How to Re-engage Employees After the COVID-19 Shut Down

So many things have changed in the last few months. We all went from leading perfectly normal lives to adjusting to a whole new lifestyle within a couple of weeks. This includes how we interact with others, how we work, and even how we feel. It hasn't been an easy time for anyone, and you should keep this in mind as you re-open your doors and re-engage your employees. That's why we compiled 5 ways to re-engage your employees after shutting down!

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MAY
20

What You Need to Know About USERRA

Before this act was implemented, the U.S. had a habit of continuously reworking the acts protecting their service men and women. It first began with the Veterans' Reemployment Rights (VRR) dating pre-World War II. When that was found to be insufficient, the Selective Training and Service Act (STSA) of 1940 was put into place at the very beginning of World War II. However, times and needs changed (as to be expected), and USERRA was enacted in 1994. The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act gives employers specific responsibilities once National Guard or Reserve units are activated. These USERRA regulations have become especially relevant to employers as COVID-19 has called on the National Guard and Reservists for their service.
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MAY
06

How to Set Expectations with Remote Employees

In the words of James Humes, "The art of communication is the language of leadership." You have likely noticed that communication seems to be more effective in person. This is likely because humans have a natural tendency to read into body language, tone, and other similar cues to gather the whole story, which we often do subconsciously. When interacting with remote workers, these cues diminish if not dissipate. This doesn't create a roadblock, but more of a speed bump as you may have to put some extra effort into communicating with and managing remote employees. Here's how to be an even better leader to your remote workers!
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