HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

EEOC Files Its First Ever Transgender Discrimination Lawsuits

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By Eric B. Meyer

Bending iPhone6‘s? Derek Jeter’s last home game in Yankee pinstripes? Attorney General Eric Holder to resign?

Bah!

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was the one stealing the headlines yesterday — err, doing something that I decided to be most blogworthy. Read more…

Legal Issues

When Misconduct at Home Turns Into Discipline at Work

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By Jennifer B. Sandberg

Domestic violence is wrong.

So are many other actions such as driving while intoxicated, check fraud, soliciting for sex, speeding, public drunkenness, abuse of prescription drugs, sex with a minor, vandalism, tax evasion, bigamy, etc. 

Of course, we have laws against such actions in order to maintain the type of society that we deem to be acceptable and those criminal laws regulate the interactions among the members of society.

Enforcement of our laws requires that the applicable criminal justice system “prove” that wrongful conduct occurred before an individual is punished. The level of proof required is high as the punishment can result in jail or serious limitations on personal freedom. Read more…

Talent Management

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Office

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“Right now, this is a job. If I advance any higher, this would be my career. And if this were my career, I’d have to throw myself in front of a train.”Jim Halpert, character on the TV series The Office.

Clearly, work is no laughing matter. It’s where you spend a good third of your life, focused on the things that really matter so you can out-produce your competitors and flood the bottom line with black ink.

Some people forget that work is just a part of life — you’re not supposed to live to work — and they become consumed by it. Read more…

Classic TLNT

What Do You Do When Everyone Thinks They Are Exceptional?

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Editor’s Note: Readers frequently ask about past TLNT articles. That’s why we republish a Classic TLNT post every Friday.

Question: “How do you deal with people and teams who are average performers but who rate themselves as exceptional?”

This came up on our last Member coaching hour call and I decided to write about it.

Since the call, I’ve dug out the performance rating definitions I created to add to whatever corporate ones existed. I found these helped to me clarify the difference between the performance levels. Use them if they are useful to you! Read more…

Leadership, Talent Management

How to Unleash the Awesome, “Can Do” Spirit In Your Employees

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I loved the video below (People Are Awesome 2013) so much, I used it in two recent presentations on how to cultivate a resilient workforce.

Now, I didn’t just share this video because it was so fun and uplifting; I shared it because it is a great metaphor for the following:

  1. The potential people — including your employees — have to do awesome things; Read more…
Best of TLNT, Future of HR, HR Insights, HR Management

Whitepaper: 9 Challenges Facing HR in Manufacturing

9 Challenges Facing HR in Manufacturing Cover (1)We’re excited to announce a new Whitepaper on HR in manufacturing we’ve pieced together that digs deep into the key challenges facing HR in Manufacturing—and what you and your organization can do to confront them.

We broke down the whitepaper into three sections:

  1. The 9 Key Challenges facing the Manufacturing Industry Today: In this section we carefully breakdown the important challenges facing the industry, and why you need to consider them.

  2. Key Strategies and Tips to Confront the Challenges with Confidence: We didn’t want to leave you hanging, so in this section we’ll share critical strategies and tactics that will help you face these challenges head on.

  3. Examples of What the Experts in the Industry Are Doing: We compiled a list of 10 of our favorite companies and what makes them so great. You’ll find some extremely practical tips in this section!

I should also mention that just by downloading the whitepaper, we’ll give you a code to receive 10% off our HR in Manufacturing conference coming up this Nov. 4-5 in Ft. Worth, TX.

After downloading the whitepaper, let us know what you thought by commenting below!

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HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Congress Critical of EEOC’s Policy Towards Background Checks

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Congress is showing signs of life in the constant fight for employers to conduct reasonable background checks.

Representative Tim Walberg, R, Mich., chairman of the House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, held the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s feet to the fire in a hearing on Sept. 17, 2014. The hearing focused on three recently introduced bills aimed to increase the accountability and transparency of the EEOC and to offer employers limited protections in the use of criminal history. Read more…

Leadership, Talent Management

What’s Next in Leadership? ‘Enriching” Employees to Unleash Their Potential

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There’s no way around it – being a leader is tough. It’s hard and it’s getting harder.

The complexity and pace of business today makes it virtually impossible to keep up, let alone find the time to nurture and encourage your team to its full potential.

So how do you deal with it? Read more…

Culture, HR Management

Diversity at Work: It’s About Helping Employees Uncover Their Individuality

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As the authors of the Harvard Business Review article, Fear of Being Different Stifles Talent, point out, diversity is an almost universal value in corporate America today.

However, the authors’ research proves employees still feel pressure to hide or “cover” some aspect of their individuality which they feel makes them different.

Examples of aspects which employees feel the need to cover include downplaying one’s age, their ethnic background, parental status, or physical disabilities. Employees want to blend into the crowd so as not to stand out. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

How Do You Handle a New Hire Who Wants an iPhone 6 Type Job Upgrade?

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I think there is an epidemic in our society, and I’m going to blame Apple.

Sure other cell phone companies do the same thing, but Apple was the one who really made this such an issue.

Last week, Apple released the latest version of the iPhone and the entire world stood in line to get the latest phone.

I have a iPhone 5s; the new version is iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. Apparently, my iPhone 5s is now garbage. It’s not, but Apple wants me to think it is, so I get the new version. Read more…