Cultural Diversity: A Long-Term Investment Strategy
Sep22

Cultural Diversity: A Long-Term Investment Strategy

Mismanaging cultural diversity in the workplace causes unhealthy tensions and a loss of team productivity. Your company’s is exponentially stronger with you foster an atmosphere of acceptance. While recently reminiscing about my life with a previous employer I am reminded of a time where inside two weeks I had one employee tell another she looked like Aunt Jemima”. Another employee to engage colleagues in a debate that Black people...

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Engendering Transgenderism In The Modern Workplace
Jun07

Engendering Transgenderism In The Modern Workplace

Many years ago I worked with a guy called Terry. Terry was quiet, but friendly enough, a bit of a loner, but social enough. Terry was introverted, but just outgoing enough to be someone with whom to look forward to having a chat. We crossed paths often in the kitchen, the men’s room, the elevator, Starbucks, etc. We would chat about everything from food, life, family, and sports, to shoes. One day during a chat about our childhood I...

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Performance Management 101: How Does Your Organization Measure Up?
May22

Performance Management 101: How Does Your Organization Measure Up?

An employee’s annual salary review should not be the first time they are receiving feedback about their job performance. If an employee has been under-performing based on the expectation of the job without feedback or coaching to improve from their manager, who is ultimately responsible goals not being met? Whether or not performance is tied directly to salary increases and career advancement, employees should know how their...

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Recruiting, Compensation, Benefits, and Human Resources – A Critical Partnership
May01

Recruiting, Compensation, Benefits, and Human Resources – A Critical Partnership

HR Teams are a Critical Partnership As much as we all favor our respective Human Resource Management disciplines it’s time to give credit where credit is due. They are ALL critical to the success of an organization particularly in todays staffing environment where companies are clamoring to attract and retain the best and the brightest talent to meet their business objectives. No matter how technically efficient a company becomes...

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Diversity in the Workplace: Not Just Skin Deep
Apr21

Diversity in the Workplace: Not Just Skin Deep

Diversity in the Workplace What do a Vampire, Burlesque Performer, Professional Hugger, a Temporary Showgirl, and a Civil War Union Soldier that fights faithfully in the battle at Gettysburg every year all have in common? They could all have day jobs in your organization. The New Face of Diversity As a Benefits Manager, I have had the pleasure of working with each of these people in some capacity. Be it managing an accommodation for a...

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Homeless In The Workplace, It Happens.
Apr07

Homeless In The Workplace, It Happens.

Homeless In The Workplace, It Happens. I once worked with the poster child of an Administrative Assistant. He was always energetic, very prompt, a PowerPoint whiz and a master of streamlining processes. A college-educated young man who never seemed to have a bad day. Even though he was homeless. Several clues led to this revelation. His clothing was always a bit crumpled, but never inappropriate. His grooming was not polished but...

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Everyone Is Entitled to Paid Rest and Meal Breaks, Fact or Myth?
Apr06

Everyone Is Entitled to Paid Rest and Meal Breaks, Fact or Myth?

Everyone Is Entitled to Paid Rest and Meal Breaks, Fact or Myth? I was recently reflecting on a speakerphone call I once received from a group of front of house employees asking, “Hypothetically, aren’t we entitled to a break and a lunch with pay?” Knowing that such a question is rarely “hypothetical, do” I provided the standard Department of Labor (DOL) response applicable for that particular state and...

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Creating a Family Friendly Culture is not a Choice. It’s the Law!
Apr04

Creating a Family Friendly Culture is not a Choice. It’s the Law!

I once boarded a corporate shuttle and happened to sit next to a manager who mentioned he was on his way to terminate an employee. When I asked why, he said he needed someone more reliable and dependable, someone who didn’t “have so many Dr. appointments and family issues”. Something about this offended my Benefit Manager sensibilities. So I kicked into action. “Tell me more,” I asked. As he told the story, I simultaneously texted a...

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