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4 warning signs a star employee is getting ready to leave

April 11, 2014

Most managers have experienced a situation in which a rising star in their department suddenly resigns. If you know how to look for the warning signs of employee discontentment, you can often see such “surprise” resignations coming … and take quick action to prevent a good employee from becoming an ex-employee.

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New from the EEOC: Tips on background checks

April 11, 2014
The EEOC has released a technical assistance document explaining how employers can legally conduct background checks for employment purposes.
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The pitfalls of using social media to screen job candidates

March 17, 2014
Screening out job candidates who look tipsy on Facebook may seem like an obvious way to avoid hiring irresponsible workers. But there are pitfalls to this approach.
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ASAP trap: Set real deadlines, not false alarms

March 17, 2014
While requesting results “as soon as possible” can underscore the urgency of the job at hand, it can also breed resentment if workers tire of always having to rush in a panic to give you what you want.
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Religious accommodation: A ‘Duck Dynasty’ cap?

March 17, 2014

You run a fast food restaurant and allow a female counter person to wear a religious head covering as an accommodation, despite the fact that you have a policy against head coverings that aren’t provided by your company. Now one of your male counter workers starts coming in wearing a camouflage cap, claiming his religious idol is Phil Robertson of “Duck Dynasty.” Can you tell him to remove his cap, but allow the woman to wear hers?

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Top talent is hard to find

March 17, 2014
More than half of employers recently surveyed by CareerBuilder say they currently have positions for which they can’t find qualified candidates. In addition to recruiting high-skill applicants, here are the top five staffing challenges companies say they are facing in 2014.
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Online job ads are stagnant, signaling slow recovery

March 17, 2014
There were two unemployed Americans for every job opening listed online in January.
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Want to muzzle workplace gossip? Use training, not a blanket no-gossip policy

February 13, 2014
You may not like the idea of em­­ployees grousing to each other in the breakroom about their knucklehead managers or the new health care plan. But don’t try silencing such behavior with a broad no-gossip policy.
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Often-overlooked risk: training discrimination

February 13, 2014
Make sure you aren’t playing favorites with some employees at the expense of others. As this new ruling shows, excluding certain employees from the “inner circle” that gets special training, mentoring or promotion opportunities is legally dangerous.
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Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m., March 9

February 13, 2014
Graveyard-shift workers, therefore, will actually work only seven hours that day.
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