Workplace Culture

Valentine’s Day Proves Love and Work Aren’t Always Peanut Butter and Chocolate

What can go wrong with office romances? As it turns out, a lot.

I listened with great interest to the latest episode of the Hostile Work Environment podcast, which featured as its guest my good friend Dan Schwartz talking about the pitfalls of Valentine’s Day at work. Dan cited CareerBuilder’s annual V-Day survey, which offers some interesting stats about the current state of office romances: 22 percent of workers have dated their boss (up 7 percent from…

The 4th Nominee for the Worst Employer of 2018 is … the (in)Humane Society Harasser

If you value your CEO more than the rights of your employees to be free from harassment, you might be the worst employer of 2018.

The fourth nominee for the worst employer of 2018 is the Humane Society of the United States, which last month voted to retain its CEO despite an internal investigation that identified and corroborated three complains of sexual harassment against him. From The Washington Post: The internal investigation, which was conducted by Washington law firm Morgan Lewis last month, detailed the stories…

DraftKings Goes on the Offensive to Defend Post-Super Bowl Holiday

Despite the spike in workers not showing up and predicted lost productivity in the billions of dollars, some pass on making the Monday after the big game a holiday.

Make the Monday after the Super Bowl a holiday? DraftKings did. With the pro football season coming to an end, some employers are looking with dread at the day after the big game — Super Bowl Monday. While the Super Bowl itself is an event many Americans share a love for, companies have to face the reality of employee absenteeism…

By the Numbers: Confronting the Winter Blues

Workforce has compiled statistics on the effect of winter and weather on the workplace. There are ways to help workers tolerate dark days and cold nights.

Workforce has compiled statistics on the effect of winter and weather on the workplace. There are ways to help workers tolerate dark days and cold nights.

5 Minutes of Management: Amazon’s HQ Search

Amazon is whittling down its list of potential cities to house its second headquarters. Plus, the hazards of sneezing on your co-workers.

Workforce editors Frank Kalman and Rick Bell handicap the race for Amazon’s second home. Who’s in the lead and who’s the dark horse? Also, some common-sense thoughts on dealing with the flu in the workplace. 

How-to HR: Engaging Remote Workers

Too often companies hire a remote workforce and then leave them to figure processes and functions on their own. What guidelines should companies follow to engage and retain their remote workers?

How-to HR, Workforce’s new monthly video series, takes a look at the do’s and don’ts of engaging remote workers. It should come as no surprise, but experts reiterate the importance of communication with workers outside the office. Alexis Carpello is a Workforce intern. Comment below or email

When Your Workday Is Interrupted, and Interrupted Again and Again

From email to Snapchat, bosses to baby-sitters, employees are bombarded by communications all day long. And when it comes to communicating benefits, it’s a message employees need to see.

On any given day an employee will be bombarded by hundreds of communications. There are emails, voicemails and old-school snail mail. Slack messages pop in from customers, clients and co-workers. There are companywide communications about everything from new employees to doughnuts in the break room. At the same time there are texts from the parents about whether the dog will…

Employee Loyalty Not for Sale

Lavish perks and trendy benefits are nice, but employees seek something much more basic from their bosses: sustained respect and honesty.

Faced with a red-hot job market, employers are offering perks like free ski passes, complimentary e-readers and on-site acupuncture to attract and retain quality employees. These benefits are certainly fun and may help attract top talent. Certainly, some people may jump at the chance to work at a firm that offers in-house yoga and spin classes. But there are organizations…

An Argument for a More Reasonable Bereavement Leave Policy

A flexible bereavement policy will repay you with the knowledge that when the grieving employee returns to work, he or she will be more focused on the task at hand and more loyal and dedicated to you as an employer.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about death. These past few days have been the first time I’ve had to deal with it on a family level as an adult. And there’s a lot to think about. And it’s not just the grieving, and the crying and the mourning. It’s also time. And not just the time we spent with…

Reshaping a Cynical Workplace Salutation

There are plenty of reasons so few workers are energized by their workplace. I lay blame at the feet of their managers.

During a visit with friends over the holidays I was privy to a conversation between their teen daughter and her uncle. She was complaining that her manager at a local pizza joint tells her to do something, then after she does it the manager tells her she did it wrong. Said the uncle in a too-familiar tone of resignation: “Welcome…