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Brace yourself: Your employees want raises, or they’re leaving

If you want to keep employees from jumping ship, you may have to loosen the purse strings a little.
 
Reason: A recent study found that the vast majority of U.S. employees (81%) are dissatisfied with the salary and benefits their employers are offering. ...




Down and Dirty: Ten Most Germy Jobs

If you feel guilty the next time you pick up the phone to take a sick day, you may be slightly comforted to know that your job might have been the source of your illness.
 
Whether you work in an office or in a setting where the unclean things around you are more visible, you're likely to encounter plenty of microbes in your workplace. ...




FMLA lawsuit: 7 stupid words that could cost this employer big

Wells Fargo had mountains of well-documented evidence to back up its decision to fire a poorly performing employee, but a simple phrase by a clueless manager could wind up making all that evidence moot.
 
And if the lawsuit — Stewart v. ...




10 Things I've Learned From Workplace Politics

Note: this is not about any workplace in particular.
 

They say you shouldn’t burn bridges, and that’s true. But I’ve burned bridges before, and it’s hard not to be angry sometimes if you feel like you’ve been taken advantage of. ...




Does Your Onboarding Process Need to be Better -- and Longer?

Experts say new-hire onboarding typically doesn't get the funding or attention it needs.
How long should a new employee's onboarding take?
Some say it should last as long as a year -- Michael Gretczko, a principal at Deloitte, says onboarding should be an "acculturation" process that, by necessity, should be spread out over months, if not a year. ...




What exactly is business casual? A do’s and don’ts dress code policy

If you’re telling new hires that your dress policy is “business casual,” you can bet they’ll do three things before they show up for work the next day. 
 
They are:
 

Google “business casual”
Then, after reading too much confusing and contradictory advice online, they’ll call a friend to ask “Hey Mike, what the heck is business casual?”, and
Overdress for their first day of work (and for a few days thereafter until they pick up on what your version of business casual really is). ...




The harmful effects of stress at work—and what you can do to beat it

During college, students spend about four years stressing over assignments, deadlines and adapting to new environments. As they prepare to enter the workforce, the pressure to meet academic expectations gets replaced with high career expectations and the stress continues. ...




When does ADA leave become unreasonable? Courts & EEOC say …

Many questions spring up for employers when an employee exhausts their FMLA leave but still can’t return to work. Are you required to give them more leave under the ADA? If so, how much additional leave is too much? Can you fire them for needing too much time off? 
 
Employers have been faced with these questions a lot recently, and some answers are starting to emerge. ...




Sexual Misconduct Happens to Men, Too

Actor and former NFL player Terry Crews filed a lawsuit last week stemming from an encounter at a party in 2016, saying a high-powered Hollywood agent groped him. His revelation, along with claims from more than a dozen men who have alleged they were assaulted by actor Kevin Spacey, illustrates that men can be victims, too. ...




The 3 resume lies HR pros are seeing with alarming regularity

For HR pros, the hiring process is not only about finding the most-qualified candidates, it’s also about exposing dishonest ones.
 
That’s because nearly half of respondents from a recent OfficeTeam report said they “knew someone” who’d lied on a resume. ...