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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 …

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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 …

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When Fire Struck, It was all about EQ

IQ and EQ – intelligence and emotional intelligence – much has been written about these cognitive skills, but when disaster hits, leaders will know just how much of it both they and their employees have.  However, it is the power of emotional intelligence including self-control, adaptability, confidence, initiative, and optimism that will determine the future whenever any business faces a …

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High Impact Workspace Ideas for Productivity and Engagement

Not looking forward to Monday?  According to a 2017 Gallop study, neither are nearly 70% of workers, including 60% of Millennials, who make up 38% of the workforce.  Besides the obvious things: a perpetually cranky boss, low wages, long hours, and lack of opportunity, could the workplace environment deserve some of the blame? Aesthetics, functionality, and fun are important, especially …