Your ‘no personal use of email’ policy may soon be prohibited

June 11, 2014
Your ‘no personal use of email’ policy may soon be prohibited. Why? The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has agreed to revisit a Bush-era NLRB ruling which said “employees have no statutory right to use their employer’s email system” for personal reasons.
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The perils of unstructured interviews

June 11, 2014

Most claims of hiring discrimination are sparked by inconsistencies in the interview and selection process. That can include the types of people interviewed, the questions asked and even the length of the interview. That’s why it’s best to inject as much consistency into the interview process as possible.

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200 Interview Questions

May 15, 2014
In addition to giving job-specific tests, the best way to tell if applicants carry the skills to perform specific tasks is to ask very direct questions about how they’ve used each skill in the past. Here are nearly 200 sample interview questions that hiring managers can use to spot the presence of important “soft” skills.
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Strong work ethic tops the list of desirable soft skills

May 8, 2014
A strong work ethic tops the list of soft skills that hiring managers look for when hiring. Here are the top 10 attributes, according to a CareerBuilder.com survey of 2,138 hiring managers and human resource professionals.
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Don’t imply to staff that benefits are permanent

May 8, 2014
When a group of retired county workers in California saw their health premiums increase, they learned that the county had separated retirees from the larger active-employee pool to calculate rates. That meant the older workers paid more. They sued, alleging they’d been promised rate pooling for years.
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Give new hires a positive start

May 8, 2014
Have you checked your orientation program lately? Is it dry and impersonal—where newcomers sit in a dark conference room watching a dull slide show or video about the organization? If so, you are failing to provide the employee with a warm welcome, a crucial step in incubating a good worker.
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How to hire smart: 5 ways to reduce turnover

May 8, 2014
Filling a vacant position—especially for the second or third time—can take away from other important tasks. Here’s how to get hiring right from the beginning.
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Workplace humor or veiled discontent?

May 8, 2014

Normally, people who laugh and tell jokes are happy, and humor can make the workplace more satisfying for everyone. But when jokes take on a cynical tone, or are directed at the organization and the way it operates, it’s time to stop laughing and asking questions.

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Before you ‘write up’ an employee …

May 8, 2014
Whenever you discipline an employee in writing, you’re adding a permanent stain to the individual’s personnel file. It’s a wise move when other steps fail because it underscores the seriousness of the employee’s behavior. But if you rush to write up staffers, the cost in ill will and distrust may outweigh the benefits.
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Are you burning out? 25 questions to gauge your mental state

May 1, 2014

In the middle of winter, with the holidays a distant memory and spring still months away, motivation begins to flag. It’s the time of year when the seasonal blues can turn into a full-blown job meltdown. Take this self-assessment find out if you’re edging toward the crispy end of the burnout scale.

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