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Is Your Company’s Approach to Sick Leave Pathetic or Empathetic?

Next to death and taxes, nothing is more certain than the spread of cold and flu in American workplaces.  Guilt at leaving workloads with co-workers and fear of job loss, keep many sneezing and coughing people at their desks.  Lasting from days to weeks, airborne and surface-spread illnesses sweep through companies like wildfire, infecting immune-vulnerable, stressed, and over-worked employees.  For small businesses, multiple …

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Hot Topics for HR Managers in 2020

Wishing you a happy, prosperous New Year   ̶  and best wishes with your bedside reading if you are an HR professional!  While this is not a comprehensive list, read on to get an idea of some of the new laws and trending HR issues you will need to be on top of for 2020: New Laws and Regulations Redesigned Form W-4 for …

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Effortless Etiquette to Get You Through Your Office Holiday Party

Etiquette is a must-add to your business skills portfolio, especially at office holiday party time.  If you feel a bit stressed by your less-than-formal comportment, take heart.  With a few tips, you can shine at your company gala without becoming tomorrow’s water-cooler entertainment! Job One:  Attend!   Yes, many corporate functions can be tedious, but there are upsides to appearing.  First, read the invitation and …

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Leadership Tip: Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude

For Dan, the Billing Clerk, who always keeps the coffee brewing, to IT Guy with a ready smile, to your supply chain manager who never panics, and Sarah, who keeps everyone working in the warehouse safe, gratitude is a sentiment that is always welcomed.  In fact, “Thank you.  I really appreciate your skill and great attitude!” rates highly as the one “perk” …

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Ways to Manage Work-Related Anxiety Before It Gets Out of Control!

Most older people who have been in the workplace for a while know about anxiety on the job.  This is not college-style stress: “I know I am going to bomb my exam,” or “Are we about to break up?” type of anxiety, but an increasingly persistent or acute kind of tension that sticks in the pit of your stomach and lasts …