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Economic Trends You Can Tap into in 2018

The beginning of a new year is a fine time to take stock of where you are in your career and whether some changes might be in order.  Is your job feeling stale and unchallenging compared to your growing skills?  Maybe your company isn’t boosting its salary and benefits to match the improving economy.  In either case, January is a …

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Holiday Work Parties: Just Forego the Mistletoe

The holiday season is the best time of year to recognize and thank employees for their dedication and hard work.  However, this year’s barrage of sexual harassment headlines may have some nervous employers contemplating going all Grinch on their staff and canceling the festivities.  What happens if the combination of party buzz, mistletoe, and fancy dress turns into post-holiday dread: …

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The New Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: “What Were You Making at Your Last Job?”

Marital status, kids, nationality, medical status, age, faith – most hiring managers know that asking job candidates questions about any of these topics violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.  The Act, which helps to protect workers against discrimination and barriers to job opportunities, can be complicated, which is why HR and anyone involved in the interview process must …

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Attract Top Talent by Integrating Sustainability into your HR Practices  

If your company is in the process of transforming itself into a sustainability-oriented enterprise, you are not alone.  According to a 2016 GreenBiz report, 51 percent of U.S. companies have disclosed greenhouse gas reduction targets (The State of Green Business, 2016). But part of sustainability management includes a human resource component, not just impact reduction and strategic planning, which is …

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What New Team Leaders Should Know First

  Monday is going well, until your boss announces she wants you to head up a new project team.  Memories of college team assignments flood your brain: you did all of the work, one did all of the complaining, and the others got a free ‘A’.  Why me, you ask? Companies appoint teams because diverse skills and abilities produce synergies that individual tasking …