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Is It in My Head? The Who, Hearing Loss, and Headphones in the Workplace

August 5, 2014
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Should hearing loss education be a part of an employer’s health and wellness program?
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The Irony of the Supreme Court's 'Hobby Lobby' Decision

July 1, 2014
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This ruling sounds like something that should’ve been reserved for churches and other religion-oriented organizations, not an arts and crafts retailer and a cabinet manufacturer.
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A Quick Thought on Being Replaced By Machines

May 6, 2014
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While technology has been replacing humans in the workforce for hundreds of years, the fear of being replaced by machines still hangs heavy on society’s collective consciousness.
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Wellness Programs Should Offer Alternative to Exercise

March 4, 2014
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If unhealthy employees are bad for business, then I think it’s fair to argue an executive who plays ‘body police’ and essentially bullies employees into participating in a wellness program is bad for business, too.


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Generational Condescending Aboard the Confederate Raider Shenandoah

January 29, 2014
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Civil War book reveals older generations have dismissed younger generations for, well, generations.
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Whatever Works

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Whatever Works riffs on what's right--and wrong--in the workplace. It seeks best practices from within and outside the workforce, and sometimes takes a stroll down memory lane.

Chicago Ideas Week: Inspired by Inspiring Ideas

October 17, 2014
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In a forum such as Chicago Ideas Week, it’s about understanding what people are doing in other fields and turning that insight into something useful to you or your business.
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Restaurant Impossible? Eliminating Sexual Harassment in Eateries

October 9, 2014
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It’s up to managers to help provide a safe working environment regardless of the industry.
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SHRM-HRCI Dramedy Continues: 'Glass' Half-Full?

September 29, 2014
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We’re pretty sure there aren’t any cursed tiki idols in this certification story line, but we’re pretty confident that there will be a lot of cursing.
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Repeat First Down: Tackling Second Chances in the NFL and Business

September 19, 2014
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You might work with or know someone who has been abused, and chances are you don’t even know it because abuse often goes unreported.
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Houdini Was an Illusionist, but Companies Can Do ‘Magic’

September 4, 2014
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In the real world, and especially the business domain, “magic” happens when a person or company creates an impeccable culture that excels and is no illusion.
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The Practical Employer

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Helping employers navigate the complicated and ever-changing world of employment and labor laws, rules, and regulations, rationally and pragmatically.

'He Liked Breasts' Is Never an Appropriate Response to a Harassment Complaint

October 23, 2014
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What is an appropriate response? Here are 10 steps to follow if you receive a harassment complaint from an employee.
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Cop Caught Sleeping on the Job Awarded $1M in ADA Lawsuit

October 21, 2014
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Unless an employee is absolutely unable to perform the essential functions of the job with (or without) reasonable accommodations, a medical diagnosis should never come into play as a reason for termination.
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Internet Use and Addiction as a Disability

October 20, 2014
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The more the Internet becomes entrenched in our lives, the greater the likelihood that employees will begin embracing ideas such as Internet addiction as a disability and the need for employers to consider and provide reasonable accommodations.
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When Ebola Impacts Your Workplace

October 16, 2014
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There is a big difference between vigilance and panic. The key for employers in dealing with Ebola is to understand the former while not falling susceptible to the latter.
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An Italian Club With Hot Peppers ... and a Noncompete?

October 15, 2014
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It’s one thing to bind your managers and other high-level employees to a noncompetition agreement. It’s another to require the same of your low-level sandwich makers and cash-register operators.
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Work in Progress

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Welcome to Work in Progress, a blog in which I try to be part observer, part adviser and part provocateur. I write about such issues as the "employment deal" between workers and organizations, people management strategies, advances in workplace technology and the social safety nets designed to catch displaced workers. I'm convinced the world is progressing toward an era of greater reciprocity between workers and employers, and organizations that get ahead of this trend are more likely to thrive.

Why I Love HR

March 10, 2014
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This is my last issue as a staff member of Workforce, a place I’ve called home since 2005.
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Management à la ‘Mitty’

February 10, 2014
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These examples of teamwork and esprit de corps aren’t just feel-good Hollywood moments. They are ingredients for hard-nosed business success.
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Company as Kin

January 5, 2014
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There is growing interest in a lasting, reciprocal — familial — relationship with workers. And it could mean good things all around.
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Up With Quieting Down

December 12, 2013
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Let’s not let the loudest voices make all the key decisions for us in our organizations and our society.
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Dolphin Tale — Hopeful or Harrowing Lessons on Bullying?

November 13, 2013
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Despite the ugliness of football player Richie Incognito’s behavior, the fall-out from the incident may one day be seen as a step in the right direction.
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The Ethical Workplace

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Get the perspectives and insights on recruiting, talent management, compensation, workforce technology and the ethical workplace from the voices at Workforce and others on the frontline.

Ebola and Workplace Learning

October 15, 2014
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Time will tell what happened, but just what's in the public record raises learning concerns and several questions. 


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Engagement Starts With Them

October 8, 2014
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While going to work is not literally going to war, its demands can be challenging and brutal.
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Implicit Bias, Explicit Results

September 19, 2014
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A single one-time dose of learning may raise awareness about bias, but it won’t permanently change habits.
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Why Culture Trumps Compliance

August 5, 2014
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To instill ethical behavior, organizations must provide incentives and encourage everyone to not only act properly but also to report violations.
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A Prescription to Stop Bullying

July 18, 2014
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Leaders must explicitly communicate that uncivil, abusive behavior is thwarting their institutional objectives.


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