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Dress Codes Work

By Dale Kurow

Dress codes in the office are not uncommon. Establishing wardrobe guidelines is a simple and effective way to shape your company’s image which projects onto you, your business partners and your customers. While the definition of “appropriate dress” may depend on the nature of your industry, the fact remains that what you wear sends a message about your commitment and professional...

Is Social Media Disrupting Employees or Helping You Disrupt HR?

By Jeana Quigley

I think most things in life can be looked at in so many different ways depending on the time, an experience or the person. I’ve heard plenty of concern from HR about the productivity of their people when social media comes up. How can HR not be concerned when 64% of employees are using work time to check in on websites that have nothing at all to do with work (of course, this includes visit...

Your Company Has A Lot to Lose when a New Hire Doesn’t Stay

By Jeana Quigley

There’s a lot of noise about talent. Where to find it, how to attract it, hire it and keep it. Everyone’s talking about great talent because that’s what makes your company awesome. Having great people equals success. But in the middle of all that noise is the bridge that gaps finding the talent and keeping it—onboarding. It’s taken HR and managers a lot of time and en...

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Organizational structure can be underlying cause of workplace issues

By Joan Lloyd

Organizational structure, much like a human skeletal structure, determines what shape an organization will take. We don't spend much time thinking about our skeletal structure until something breaks, and so it goes with organizations. How an organization is structured basically means how the reporting relationships and work teams are organized. It reveals a great deal about the culture, function a...

A Hard Look at the Soft Stuff

By Janine Moon

With some clarity I remember hearing my Mother say, "That's why they call it work!" The comment usually was in response to a complaint about a seemingly difficult or distasteful task. Work, then, became synonymous with anything but play. Always difficult, and something to be suffered. While I've since discovered that "fun work" or "engaging work" is not an oxymoron, many workers have not. The res...

What questions can employers legally ask?

By Nick Reddin

Question: What questions can employers legally ask? When dealing with background checks, are there limits to how far back they can go? Are they just looking for felonies or misdemeanors too? I hate answering these questions. I am in the process of getting an assault charge cleared from 12 years ago that was a false charge to begin with. This is a great question that a lot o...

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Control Freak Manager Frustrates Employees

By Joan Lloyd

Dear Joan: My manager is driving me crazy, so I hope you can help me. She is so “organized” that she tries to do everything—even things I should be doing. She will assign something to me and then when I’m halfway through doing it, I find out she has been also doing the same task! I get so frustrated that I just stop doing it and let her do it. I am suppo...

Q&A: Triangulation

By Joan Lloyd

Dear Joan: Help! I manage a small office of professionals and administrative support staff. I am repeatedly running into the following situation: One of the professionals will engage his support person for administrative help on a project – a detailed report, a complicated spreadsheet, a marketing project, a presentation, etc. The administrative person will complete ...

Setting Company Goals

By Joan Lloyd

Dear Joan: I supervise a 63 person staff. How do I assist them in planning their goals for this year? Answer: Their goals for the year should be directly linked to the strategic goals of the organization, so you are the link between the two. One approach that is frequently used is to simply ask each person to come up with one or two goals. This bottom up approach usually results in a hodgepodge of...