Workplace Culture

Top 5 Workplace Marijuana Misconceptions: Seeing Through the Haze

Getting beyond the misinformation is important to HR leaders wanting to understand the real risks of marijuana legalization.

Eight states and the District of Columbia currently allow recreational marijuana use, and 29 states plus the district permit its use for ostensibly medical purposes. Some of marijuana legalization’s negative impacts are well publicized. The sharp increase in marijuana-related automobile fatalities in legalized states like Washington has spurred the American Automobile Association to oppose legalization. Like the tobacco industry, the…

Finding the Right Balance for Employees in Office Design

Office design trends are increasingly leaning toward adapting a variety of closed and open spaces to appeal to many types of people and types of work. But are employees warming up to their new workspaces?

What’s your ideal work environment? I posed this question to friends and family and got a variety of answers. A librarian’s assistant enjoyed her job mostly because in the hours spent shelving books, she could listen to music, did not have to interact with other people and was not bothered by the sun. Someone in the audio/video space sometimes felt…

Diversity Training Under Scrutiny Following Fallout With Google Employee

In D&I training, the key is to focus on improving and enhancing the capability of people rather than correcting issues, experts say.

D&I is usually focused on the experiences of minority groups. One of the downsides is that it sets up white males to feel discriminated against, as well. Former Google employee James Damore’s 3,000-word assertion that women land fewer tech jobs because of biological differences rather than skills sparked a lot of conversation, particularly about the state of diversity training. Organizations…

5MM: Googling Gender Diversity

Workforce editors Rick Bell and Frank Kalman discuss low unemployment, the ongoing diversity saga in the tech industry and the upcoming solar eclipse.

In this week’s edition of 5 Minutes of Management, Workforce editors Frank Kalman and Rick Bell discuss ongoing diversity saga in Silicon Valley and what 1st Amendment rights employees actually when speaking their mind. Additionally, recent jobs numbers and declining layoffs look good. Or do they? And finally shedding a little light on the solar eclipse. For more 5 Minutes of Management, check out…

As the Google Case Shows, Diversity Is Not an Ideology

When an employee takes a stand against its employer’s commitment to diversity, that employee has crossed the line and the employer has no choice but to terminate.

By now, you’ve likely heard about the male Google employee (James Damore) who circulated within the company a 10-page memo titled, “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber.” In this memo, he critiqued Google’s efforts at maintaining gender diversity within the ranks of its employees, arguing that women are underrepresented in tech not because of workplaces biases and discrimination, but because of inherent…

Talent10x: What Goes Into a Company Re-Brand?

Frank Kalman and Rick Bell welcome Nexxt SVP of Marketing Joe Weinlick to talk about the talent implications of the company's recent re-brand and other topics on this episode of Talent10x.

When a company re-brands, what happens? That’s the focus of this week’s episode of Talent10x, as Talent Economy’s Frank Kalman and Workforce’s Rick Bell interview Joe Weinlick, senior vice president of marketing of Nexxt — formally Beyond.com — about the company’s recent re-branding effort and what it meant for the company’s ability to recruit and retain talent, as well as its positioning in the market. Talent10x is a…

A Day in the Life of a CEO

From early morning runs to late-night dinners, three CEOs share their thoughts on being the boss.

By 6 a.m., Henry Albrecht is already thinking about work. As the chief executive officer of Limeade, a wellness engagement software company in Seattle’s suburbs, Albrecht constantly thinks about work and seemingly is always on the clock. But it’s a good thing, he said, because he gets to interact with employees on a daily basis, check in with specific projects…

Why Passion and Caring Aren’t Enough to Drive Diversity Efforts

D&I requires a commitment to excellence the same as any other strategic priority, not just passion and caring.

A recent posting for a diversity-related job in a medium-sized organization included an all-too-common phrase in its description of the ideal candidate: “Must have a passion for diversity.” Aside from “passion” and a few years of experience, the description said little else of substance about the ideal candidate’s qualifications. I could already tell the organization was off to a rocky…

Justice Department Takes a Stand in Favor of LGBTQ Discrimination

Do right by all of your employees. Enact policies prohibiting LGBTQ discrimination in your workplace.

LGBTQ prohibitions continue to make headway in the courts. While Congress has remained silent on the issue, more and more state and federal courts hold that the law’s existing prohibitions against sex discrimination implicitly cover sexual orientation and other forms of LGBTQ discrimination. The latest appellate court to take up this issue in the 2nd Circuit, in Zarda v. Altitude Express. Just last week, the Department of Justice…

Loneliness Creeps into Workplace Wellness World

Social connections are seen as one way to energize a disconnected workforce.

There’s always that one trendy topic in wellness. When I started blogging for Workforce a year ago, everyone I spoke to and everything I read raved about holistic wellness. In the past few months, I’m still hearing about it, but not as much as I hear the word “ergonomics.” Some HR folks love ergonomics because “sitting is the new smoking,”…