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Humane Resources features the insights from Max Mihelich.

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.

Thanksgiving 2014: Overcooking the Bird

November 6, 2014
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Nothing says great customer service like long lines, sales prices that don’t ring up properly and overly tired workers.
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Hold Your Breath No Longer — Good News From the Tobacco Industry

October 29, 2014
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The news that Reynolds American, one of the largest U.S. tobacco companies, has decided to ban cigarette smoking in its offices is a breath of fresh air.
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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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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.

Posting Holiday Party Photos on Social Media? Make Sure Employees Consent

November 20, 2014
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Don’t forget to have your employees sign authorizations before you post holiday party photos online.
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Jury Verdicts Damage a Company's Reputation

November 19, 2014
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Jury verdicts can label a company as one that discriminates systemically and intentionally. That damage is much worse than a nine figure punitive reward unlikely to be cashed by a plaintiff.
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Cybersecurity and the NLRB

November 18, 2014
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The NLRB potentially is looking to expand its reach in the area of cybersecurity.
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Nonprofits, Volunteers and Labor Relations

November 17, 2014
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By relying heavily on the lack of payment to show lack of control, the 6th Circuit drew a line that will be difficult for most bona fide volunteers to cross to demonstrate employment status.
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Protecting Trade Secrets in the Cloud

November 14, 2014
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It only takes one layoff to turn a loyal employee into a desperate job seeker looking to provide value to turn a prospective employer into a new job.
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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.

‘I Think I Said Something Wrong’

November 6, 2014
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When we think we’ve said something we shouldn’t have, we need to acknowledge it and say we may have misspoken.


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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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