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When Office Love Goes Bad

January 30, 2004
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Romance may be in the air at your company, but passion can have its price. You might encounter million-dollar lawsuits, productivity drops and even an impact on profitability. Dating policies are one answer, but even they might not save your company from the turmoil of office love gone bad.
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> Should Employees Be Involved in Politics?

January 23, 2004
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How should HR reconcile the differing political opinions between management and employees? Management has implemented a policy of non-involvement in politics while half of the employees want to be actively involved.
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Best Practices in Wi-Fi Security

December 1, 2003
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A log-in glitch, compromised password, or lost network adapter can open a gaping hole in your company’s Wi-Fi defenses.
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Sample Wireless Communication Policy

December 1, 2003
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This sample can give you ideas about what to include in a policy concerning wireless communication. It includes sections on encryption, enforcement and registration.
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Wi-Fi Worries

December 1, 2003
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Laptops have been freed from their wired connections, but they now carry a heightened risk of hacking and eavesdropping. Making employees take Wi-Fi policies seriously requires marketing--and maybe even a threat of consequences.
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> How Do We Eliminate Special Privileges After New Ownership Takes the Reins of Our Company?

October 31, 2003
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I have an employee that has been with the company 11 years. The company changed hands one year ago. Since that time, there have been policy changes. Under the old owner, the employee was given special privileges, such as special hours and other considerations. The new owner is unwilling to do this and it continues to be a cause of contention. If she doesn’t get her way, she pouts and complains to other employees. She continually implies we are discriminating against her because of her heritage and continues to make life uncomfortable. Her work performance is acceptable. The legal issues are one thing, but otherwise, do you have any suggestions from an HR point of view?
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The Nepotism Problem Is Alive and Well

August 19, 2003
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In this author’s opinion, business leaders can learn the reason for nepotism policies by looking at the laundry list of scandals in college sports.
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> How Should I Approach a Health Products Salesperson Who Reeks of Cigarette Smoke?

August 15, 2003
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We have a sales person who just started selling, and her contacts will be in the health industry. The problem is she reeks of smoke. This is unprofessional, but especially in the sales arena. How should I approach this issue?
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Managing E-mail

May 29, 2003
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Sample policies for retaining, deleting, and otherwise managing a company’s electronic mail.
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The Case Against Sick Days

March 27, 2003
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You've probably seen a coworker with mounds of used tissues on his desk, sweating profusely and responding "I'm fine" when people inquire about his health. In this opinion column, psychologist Kenneth Siegel says the coming-to-work-sick phenomenon has gone too far, and that sick days should be abolished altogether.
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