Employee Coaching: The New Benefit
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Employee Coaching: The New Benefit

As organizations face a highly competitive job market, they also face new hiring, development, and retention challenges. Employers are thinking outside the box regarding unique employee benefits. Coaching is on the rise as a powerful method for 1) employee development and more job satisfaction and 2) preventing performance issues and workplace conflicts. It can support…

New EEOC Know Your Rights Poster

New EEOC Know Your Rights Poster

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) just released a new Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal poster (dated October 20, 2022), which replaces the previous “EEO is the Law” poster.  Under federal law, most of these protected classes apply to workplaces with 15 or more employees (including part-time employees who work at least…

Exit Interviews are a Must!
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Exit Interviews are a Must!

Do you meet with employees who are voluntarily leaving your organization for their next opportunity? There have been historically high turnover rates over the past year, so the opportunity was indeed present.  If not, your organization is genuinely missing an incredibly powerful feedback loop.  Why bother to spend time? You know why an employee is…

Pay Equity & Negotiation Issue
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Pay Equity & Negotiation Issue

Here’s a small survey that sums up the “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” dilemma for women. An August 2022 Harvard study found men obtain better financial results through salary negotiation than women (link below). No surprise, because as noted below, most organizations will negotiate, but most women are not seen favorably if…

Five Reasons to Hire an Outside Workplace Investigator
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Five Reasons to Hire an Outside Workplace Investigator

When your organization receives an employee complaint of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation, you have a legal duty to conduct a prompt, thorough, and impartial investigation and take proper action to end the misconduct.   While some investigations can be done internally by the HR or legal department, organizations should hire an outside workplace investigator for the…

CDC Updated COVID Recommendations

CDC Updated COVID Recommendations

Key Points: People who are infected but asymptomatic or people with mild COVID-19 should isolate through at least day 5 (day 0 is the day symptoms appeared or the date the specimen was collected for the positive test for people who are asymptomatic). They should wear a mask through day 10. A test-based strategy may be used…

Workforce Development Options
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Workforce Development Options

ApprenticeshipNH offers employers in the advanced manufacturing, healthcare, construction & infrastructure, hospitality, business & finance, automotive tech and IT industries another way to develop future workers through a formal apprenticeship program. Learn more through their website. And if your organization needs future tech workers, attend their upcoming September event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-attract-and-retain-top-tech-talent-through-registered-apprenticeship-tickets-399971644957

CROWN Act in 18 States Now
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CROWN Act in 18 States Now

The CROWN (Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair) Act and similarly named laws are spreading across our country to stop discrimination based on someone’s natural hair style and texture. These laws ban hair bias, which has affected millions of black people, particularly women and girls, in the workplace and schools. This discrimination…

Making Onboarding Work for You
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Making Onboarding Work for You

Onboarding a new employee has always been a low-priority unpleasant task. From the busy HR person checking off items on their list, the distracted manager trying to find time to plan, and the newly hired individual who just wants to jump in and get started. But when you treat a process like a chore, you…

What to Do When an Employee Starts Crying in a Disciplinary Meeting
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What to Do When an Employee Starts Crying in a Disciplinary Meeting

Many managers delay difficult conversations to avoid the potential for conflict and any related emotions. However, avoidance rarely resolves anything. And the longer you wait, the more challenging the conversation and the harder it is to solve. Early intervention is always the key to more effective feedback and performance improvement. If you find yourself in…