By Eric B. Meyer
Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court kinda, sorta clarified pregnancy accommodation rules at work.
I’ll do my best to sort it out for you.
Let’s assume that you have a pregnant employee who tells you that she has a lifting restriction. In the past, you have accommodated employees with disabilities who had similar lifting restrictions. You’ve also done the same for folks who got injured on the job and others who lost their U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) certifications.
If you don’t provide the same accommodation to the pregnant employee, have you violated the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA)? Read more…
No, I didn’t make another mistake and mean to title this “Employee Discount,” but you were totally in your right to think I would make a mistake!
Yes, we discount our employees. We do this in a number of ways:
- Experience — The 10-year employee is always looked at less than a new employee coming in with 10 years of experience. Read more…
The special qualities of remarkable leaders are complex and rare.
Leadership requires the courage to fashion a code of conduct governed by principled conviction, so reviewing the writings of Classical philosophers is a good place to begin our journey towards becoming more effective leaders.
Michael Soupios and Panos Mourdoukoutas did just that for their book, The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership, and discovered the ancient philosophies remain relevant today. Read more…
A small business located in New Castle PA, Ezeflow USA, Inc, recently settled a disability discrimination lawsuit for $65,000 before it went to trial.
On top of the $65,000 settlement and legal fees, the company has agreed to invest further time and money into revising its policies and provide training to its employees. This amount of time and money spent would have a serious impact on just about any small business.
For some, this might put them out of business entirely. Read more…
Most managers already realize that employee referral programs routinely produce the highest quality of hires, but few know that the “Give Me 5” program produces the highest-performing hires of any individual referral approach.
The “Give Me 5 Names” tool is easy, fast, and free. You start by proactively approaching individual top performers in the target job area, but instead of asking them the standard question “do you know anyone?” (which usually draws a blank), you instead stimulate their recollection by using an effective memory stimulation trick known as “a retrieval cue.”
What you do is stimulate the employee’s memory by asking them a more targeted question like “name the best innovator who you know in this field. Almost without exception, providing that “cue” (innovator) will result in them providing you with the name of an innovator who they know. Read more…
By Eric B. Meyer
A few years ago, I posed this question: Is a workplace “English-only” rule legal?
Yadda, yadda, yadda, sometimes.
That is, in this Compliance Manual, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission confirms that employers may adopt English-only rules under certain circumstances, insofar as it is adopted for non-discriminatory reasons (e.g., safety, business necessity) and not to discriminate on the basis of national origin. Read more…
These days you can’t go a week without hearing about the virtues of flexible schedules. They greatly reduce absenteeism and environmental impact, and spur faster company growth.
As the workforce becomes more and more mobile, the 9-to-5 grind is becoming less and less attractive.
But for every company that gets lauded for instituting a four-day work week or allowing employees to make their own schedules, there are hundreds of “in-between” companies that hear the benefits loud and clear, but are unable to affect a major policy change for various reasons. Read more…
It’s the definition of a counter-intuitive statement: The Millennial generation has attained the highest levels of education of any previous American generation, yet on average demonstrates weak skills in literacy, numeracy, and problem solving in technology-rich environments compared to their international peers.
This is a tough realization to stomach for a number of reasons.
Not only is it disheartening to hear, and confusing considering the exorbitant and rising costs of education in the U.S., but Millennials are estimated to make up 50 percent of the employee population by 2020 and will shape the economic, political and social landscape for years to come (so their skills are important, to say the least). Read more…
“People just don’t stick around like they used to.”
How often have you heard that phrase in terms of employee retention goals, usually coupled with statements about “there’s just no loyalty anymore.”
History shows that’s just not true. For the last 25 years, tenure has been consistently low across nearly all age ranges. And the youngest generation in the workplace tends to stay the shortest amount of time (which is not surprising considering where they are in their careers).
More recent data published in The Wall Street Journal shows average tenure across occupations doesn’t even reach five (5) years. Read more…
Employees with more friends at work are more engaged, according to the Fall 2014 MoodTracker Report released by Globoforce.
Only 28 percent of employees who reported having no friends at work were engaged, while 69 percent who reported having at least 25 friends were highly engaged.
The implications are clear: We need more friends at work. Read more…