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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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A Dunce's Need for Flextime Before Such a Thing Existed

January 29, 2014
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While flextime is gaining in popularity in the 2010s, one Pulitzer Prize-winning author used the idea to paint his most famous character as a lazy employee by 1960s standards.
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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.

‘Hardcore Pawn’s’ Les Gold: The Motor City’s Wheeler-Dealer Dishes on Management, Part Two

June 30, 2014
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Les Gold is the patriarch of a family-owned pawnshop, American Jewelry and Loan in the Motor City. He recently talked to “Whatever Works” about raising the minimum wage, reality TV, knee-jerk reactions, the Affordable Care Act and more.
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‘Hardcore Pawn’s’ Les Gold: The Motor City’s Wheeler-Dealer Dishes on Management, Part One

June 27, 2014
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Les Gold is the patriarch of a family-owned pawnshop, American Jewelry and Loan in the Motor City. He recently talked to "Whatever Works" about his management style, reality TV and more.
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Any Sunday, a Given: How Hans Roderwald Held Court

May 27, 2014
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Hans Roderwald led by example as he organized our weekly basketball games. His untimely passing came as quite a shock, but his memory will live on.
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SHRM-HRCI Dramedy: Time to Set the Record Straight

May 16, 2014
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At some point soon who knew what and when will become moot, but before we get to that point, someone needs to set the record straight.
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Orlando Magic's Pat Williams: How Walt Disney Conjured Up His Business Success, Part Two

May 14, 2014
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In the second part of this interview, Pat Williams and I discuss the Walt Disney concept of “plussing” and he gives his take on how the NBA handled the Donald Sterling situation.
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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.

Customer Preference and Race Discrimination: When the Customer Isn’t Right

July 24, 2014
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The customer can never choose the race of the person working for you. The customer might be right about a lot things, but discrimination is not one of them.
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Orange is the New Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

July 23, 2014
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If your workplace is sexually charged, it will catch up with you eventually.
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Executive Order Bans LGBT Discrimination by the Federal Contractors and Government

July 22, 2014
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It’s incomprehensible and unjustifiable for an employer to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
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When Your Plaintiff is a Prostitute

July 21, 2014
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In this case, a settlement that will not throw the employer into bankruptcy is a win. It is important to do everything you can to lessen the potential pool of damages available to the plaintiff.
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EEOC Issues Enforcement Guidance, Q&A, and Fact Sheet on Pregnancy Discrimination

July 15, 2014
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All three documents are required reading for any employers with female employees of child-bearing age.
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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.

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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Fixing the Common Cultures at GM and the VA

July 1, 2014
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When problems do surface, employers must make time, focus their attention on actively listening, let complainants know how their concerns have been addressed, and follow up on open issues.
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The GM Nod and Salute: Legal Poisons at Work, Part 2

June 10, 2014
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My guess is that GM’s silent communication system started with senior leaders becoming so pervasive that people understood these gestures as clearly as if they had heard them out loud.


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Legal Poisons at Work

May 27, 2014
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The subtle way intent is communicated through behaviors like tone of voice, eye contact, facial expressions and body language, can diminish the productivity of others.


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The Awful Irony of Disruptive Behavior

May 9, 2014
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To prevent unacceptable conduct, the first step, of course, is to set standards and hold everyone accountable – no exceptions.
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