HR and Politics: Should Your Company Take a Political Stand?

HR and PoliticsDetermining whether or not a company should take a political stand is a common concern among businesses. Companies often ask themselves what consequences they might face from taking a political stand, and how their business might benefit from making their voice heard. But, how do you decide if becoming involved in politics is the right decision for your business or not?

How Businesses Get Involved in Politics

Generally, private sector employers may limit political discussions as well as asking for political donations in the workplace. Often, employees will confuse their First Amendment rights with rules inside the workplace. Rules regarding these issues are state-specific, and employers who seek to limit solicitation are encouraged to incorporate rules into a policy. However, employers may contribute what they want to political campaigns. But, is this a wise choice? Read more

What Comes Next When You Don’t Get the Raise You Want?

get the raise you wantAsking for a raise can be nerve-wracking, to say the least. So much so that some people put it off for months, or even years. But the truth is: There’s nothing wrong with requesting a pay increase, as long as it’s realistic and is a true reflection of the value you add to your company.

Have a Plan

Even though your manager already has all your job-related data, you still need to present your case for a raise. Be ready to approach the issue professionally and to build an evidence-based case for your desired salary. Read more

How to Write an Employee Manual Employees Will Read

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You put a lot of time and energy into your employee manual. It communicates vital company information and helps you keep your assets covered. But wouldn’t it be nice if your employees actually read it? Make it engaging and useful and they’ll take the time to read it, refer to it for simple questions and have a clear understanding of their rights and responsibilities and your expectations.

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Spring Cleaning Applies at Work Too! Improve Productivity by Cleaning Your Workspace

improve productivity by cleaning your workspaceSpring cleaning isn’t just something you do at home.  It’s also a great idea at work.  Investing the time to keep your workspace clean goes a long way! An organized workspace helps you get organized, creates a safe work environment and increases productivity.

Maintaining a clean workspace on the job might seem like a large endeavor, but with regular attention, it doesn’t have to be. How can you invest your time to create an organized, efficient workspace around you?

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Three Keys to Make Better Hiring Decisions Now

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A bad hire can kill productivity and morale and really set your organization back. Co-workers may come to feel resentful of a colleague who can’t do the job properly. Restarting the hiring process from replacing that bad hire is also a drain on productivity and adds to hiring costs. It can take months to really get back to speed after a bad hire.

Replacing a bad hire could cost your business tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars, between recruitment, relocation and training fees for the new employee, plus the disruption the increased turnover causes within your team and with your business. Fortunately, a great recruiting partner can help to significantly reduce the risk of a bad hire. Here’s how.

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Three Ways to Nurture Your Long-Term Career Growth

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Spring is the season where nature returns to full bloom after a long winter. It’s a season of renewal and a chance to plant the foundation for growth in the months to come.

Since spring is a time of new beginnings, you might feel energized to search for new opportunities and land a new high-paying job in Reno. Before heading out on the job hunt, however, it’s important to lay down roots and make sure you have a direction for your career to grow.

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Three Ways a Recruiting Agency Helps Fast-Track Your Hiring Process

Three Ways a Recruiting Agency Helps Fast-Track Your Hiring Process

The recruiting and hiring process can be time-intensive and require days and weeks of reviewing applications, scheduling interviews, performing background checks and much more. Your managers may end up becoming bogged down and fall behind in their day-to-day tasks if they have too much to deal with juggling their primary business and a hiring process.

If positions aren’t filled, company productivity may diminish as well. If a hire doesn’t work out, then the whole process needs to start over again. What can hiring managers do speed up the process, focus internally on their core business and find the right people for their hiring needs?

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Bring Your Team Together and Promote Inclusion in the Workplace

bring your team togetherWhen people talk about inclusion, their thoughts tend to go towards metrics like reaching diversity hiring initiatives, but true inclusion is so much more than that. It means building a truly inclusive workplace culture that will allow the company and individuals who work there to thrive and feel that their contributions as individuals are welcomed.

Look for Buy-In – From the Top Down

Your managers and executives set the tone. If they don’t take the commitment to inclusion seriously, no one else in the company will either. SHRM emphasizes the importance that “company leaders understand that inclusion is about ensuring that everyone’s voice is heard, opinions are considered and value to the team is evident.” Consider forming an inclusion committee that includes decision makers with the power to make genuine change.

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Are You Sticking with Your Career and Personal Resolutions for 2019?

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Can you believe how far we are from New Year’s already? Are you still sticking to the career and personal resolutions you made when 2019 was still new and shiny?

You may not be. For 80 percent of people reading this post, you’ve fallen off track from your resolutions already. New resolutions are hard, because they require you to modify your behavior. They may require you to get out of your comfort zone. New traditions and practices might involve unfamiliar or uncomfortable behavior, and those habits take a long time to stick.

But resolutions have the power to change your life for the better as well. If you made a personal resolution, not sticking with it means you’re still in the same place a year from now. If you made a career resolution to find a better-paying job and break that resolution, you’ll be stuck in the same spot too.

So how do you make sure you keep resolutions? Here’s how.

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What Do You Need to Know Before Offering Flexible Work Schedules?

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Flexible work schedules are defined as schedules that don’t stick to the traditional 9-to-5 day of an office. With flexible work schedules, employees may come in or leave earlier or later than conventional times dictate. Some flex-time employees also compress work weeks, and may work four 10-hour days rather than five 8-hour ones.

In the end, the goal is to find the best schedule that allows your team to perform optimally. What do you need to consider if you’re thinking of offering flexible work schedules? Here are the pros and cons.

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