Starbucks to Implement Unconscious Bias Training

After protests erupt at Starbucks, the company announces unconscious bias training for all employees. But will it make a difference?

Starbucks Coffee Co. announced it will close more than 8,000 stores the afternoon of May 29 for unconscious bias training. Starbucks stores will close for an afternoon for unconscious bias training. Photo by Michael Thomas for Starbucks Coffee Co. The announcement comes in the wake of protests following an incident at a Philadelphia Starbucks store where two black men were arrested for…

The 6th Nominee for the Worst Employer of 2018 is … the Sadistic Sergeant

The application process he alleges in his lawsuit is one to which no employee ever should be subjected.

Thomas Schiermeyer was already a recruit for the Seaside Park, New Jersey, Police Department, when he applied to the police academy for a promotion to an entry-level Officer.  The application process he alleges in his lawsuit is one that I’ve certainly never seen before, and one to which no employee ever should be subjected. As Schiermeyer was filling out his…

State Chamber Fights Workplace Addiction With Employer Opioid Toolkit

Education is great starting point. It’s up to all of us to follow through.

Nearly 50,000 Americans lost their lives to opioid-related overdoses in 2016. Compare that figure to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, which recorded 43,000 deaths during its peak in 1995, or the entire Vietnam War, which saw 58,000 U.S. soldiers die. Needless to say, our opioid problem is a national epidemic. And, Ohio sits right on the front lines, with the 3rd highest rate of annual opioid-related deaths, trailing…

John Mahoney and Marty Crane Taught Us How to Cope With Life and Work

Mahoney’s recent death is a reminder to never stop learning. And that sipping a beer in a recliner is one way to deal with your annoying kids.

Crack open a can of Ballantine beer and sit in your favorite ugly easy chair. Let’s take a moment to commemorate the life of John Mahoney, the actor who played Marty Crane on the long-running TV sitcom Frasier.

Grovo Trademarks L&D Buzzword ‘Microlearning’

The aim of registering the term is to make microlearning a core part of every organization’s learning strategy, claims CEO.

Education technology company Grovo has trademarked one of the industry’s hottest buzzwords. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has given Grovo a registered trademark on “microlearning.” In legal terms, a trademark is used to identify goods or services as having a single source, according to intellectual property attorney Patrick J. Arnold Jr. But Arnold noted that Grovo has registered microlearning on the…

Your Employees Are Your Brand Ambassadors; Train Them Accordingly

Employees need to understand that they will be held accountable with their jobs if do anything to damage the reputation of your brand.

“Dad, can you take me to the craft store?” My sixth grader has a diorama due the day after Thanksgiving break. So, off Norah and I went to the craft store last night. “Can you help me find fake moss for the floor of my deciduous forest?” I had two options. Aimlessly wander around the big-box store, or amble up…

Will You Be Leading an HR Function in 2024?

Here are five things to look at to examine and determine if you’ve got what it takes to lead an HR team and be a viable partner to the business leaders.

I get it. You’re an HR manager/director and you’re wondering if you’re on track to take the big chair in HR in the next decade. As luck would have it, I’m equipped with a crystal ball and the right amount of confidence/swagger to predict your future. Lucky you! The world is changing, and the people paying the bills want different…

Employer Tuition Assistance Exemption on GOP Tax-Reform Chopping Block

SHRM descends upon Capitol Hill to advocate against the elimination of a tax exclusion for employer-based tuition assistance.

More than 400 members of the Society for Human Resource Management went to Capitol Hill on Nov. 16 to push changes in the employer-sponsored benefits portion of the Republican tax-reform plan. Currently, employers can provide up to $5,250 of tax-free tuition assistance to employees every year. That tax exclusion could be cut if the plan passes. The Republican tax overhaul…

GAI Consultants: Optimas Gold Winner for Business Impact

GAI's customer satisfaction, employee engagement and work quality improved when the company updated its training program.

GAI Consultants has a simple belief: As employees and leaders grow and succeed, the company will grow and succeed right alongside them. In order to put this belief into action, the engineering, planning and environmental consulting firm created a more effective training program with clearer, more precise directions. Their training program, GAI University, was designed in 2014 to develop the…

General Assembly: Optimas Silver Winner for Corporate Citizenship

General Assembly addresses the lack of diversity in tech fields by working with nonprofits and minorities to educate them on critical tech skills.

General Assembly is working with diverse groups to bring strong talent to its industry and open doors for underrepresented individuals. Understanding the lack of diversity in tech fields, New York-based General Assembly partnered with tech giant Adobe to open the Adobe Digital Academy in 2016 to close the tech skills gap and bring more women and minorities into the field….