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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.

Robin Williams’ Death Should Be a Wake-up Call About Depression

August 12, 2014
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As employers, perhaps it’s time to inform employees about mental illness and depression and let them know what their options are.
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Job Titles Won’t Bring Your Workers Happiness, but a Wonderful Workplace Will

August 7, 2014
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Not to pick on those happy-go-lucky folks whose goal is to bring about happiness at work, but true happiness comes from organizations doing right by their employees.
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‘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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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.

Cop Loses Big ADA Verdict on a Finding of No Disability

August 21, 2014
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Since Congress expanded the definition of 'disability' in 2009, conventional wisdom has said that most medical conditions will qualify for protection under the ADA. This case sets the bounds of the exception.
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When the Cat’s Paw Strikes Retaliation

August 20, 2014
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Retaliation claims remain harder for employees to prove, and easier for employers to win on summary judgment.
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Even the Lone Wolf can Establish Protected Concerted Activity With Today’s NLRB

August 19, 2014
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This case creates a dangerous precedent. It enables an employee to create an unfair labor practice out of thin air merely by airing an issue with co-workers, regardless of whether those co-workers share in that concern.
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When Retaliation Stands the Test of Time

August 15, 2014
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An employer cannot hold a grudge against an employee who engaged in protected activity, with the hope that the passage of time will permit later retaliation.
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Do Not Force Employees to Work During FMLA Leave

August 13, 2014
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FMLA leave is federally guaranteed for a reason. Don’t mess with that reason by requiring work (albeit paid and at home) in lieu of bona fide leave of absence.
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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.

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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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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