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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5 Ways to Increase Productivity in the Workplace
Apr05

5 Ways to Increase Productivity in the Workplace

  5 Ways to Increase Productivity in the Workplace Within the workplace, a productive team is a motivated one, and similarly, a motivated team is a happy one. Therefore, it makes sense that you should put your employees’ happiness first in order to guarantee that your team is working as effectively as possible and help you increase productivity. There are many ways to increase levels of happiness and motivation within the office...

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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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The Pros and Cons of Hiring Remote Workers
Apr03

The Pros and Cons of Hiring Remote Workers

With technology connecting everyone on the go, there is no reason that employers and employees alike should not want to use it for their benefit. One of these is the possibility of remote employment. If an individual has the required skills and can get the work to his employer in a timely manner without the added hassle of coming to the workplace every day, there is no reason why they should not be hired. Today there are several major...

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Let Employee Training Maximize Your Return on Investment
Feb21

Let Employee Training Maximize Your Return on Investment

Companies often think in strict terms of profit and loss. One vital component on the road to success and profit is the employee. To fully engage employees, managers must invest in training that not only helps them with their jobs but also lets them learn new skills and adapt to workplace changes. Getting a good return on investment (ROI) regarding employees is a priority, and ongoing training is an excellent way to do it because it...

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The Great Temperature Debate: The High Cost of Inadequate Heating & Ventilation
Feb16

The Great Temperature Debate: The High Cost of Inadequate Heating & Ventilation

The argument takes place in offices up and down the UK every year. While some of us rush to fling open windows, others cling to radiators – the office temperature debate is all too familiar. A recent study, commissioned by Andrews-Sykes has revealed the extent to which a poor office climate can affect our ability to work. The survey, which questioned 2,000 UK office workers about their satisfaction with their current working...

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