With the raised consciousness over the last several years about the health affects of second hand smoke, including lung cancer and cardiovascular disease, many companies, particularly in the U.S. have instituted smoking bans or designated smoking areas in the workplace. Enter the electronic cigarette; battery-charged tobacco cigarette look-a-likes designed to be used as a replacement […]
There has been an increase in the hiring of students with freshly minted masters level business degrees and small companies are hiring these new grads at a record rate according to the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). This trend is largely attributed to the fact that MBA prepared graduates are primed to apply the business […]
A federal court dismissed a claim of racial discrimination filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of a job candidate who was not hired by a company because of her dreadlocks. The candidate was offered a job by Catastrophe Management Solutions (CMS) on the condition that she cut her dreadlocks. The candidate […]
You just filled a job opening and you’ve spent the first few weeks orienting your new employee and delving into basic training; just enough to get them up to speed. But are your new hires prepared to succeed in their new roles after only a few days of onboarding? According to a study published in […]
Is there any value in investing in the training and development of your employees? Some business owners are cynical when it comes to investing in staff because of the fear that their employee will leave the company before the investment in their employees’ development has paid off. Yes, the fact that your employee may jump […]
Employers who hire federal contractors should take note that as of January, 2015, certain federal contractors must be paid a minimum wage of $10.10 per hour per an Executive Order signed by President Obama. According to the Office of the Secretary in their recent press release on the new Executive Order, the increase will apply […]
Employers need to be cautious about using social media sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn for screening job applicants during the hiring process. A recent study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University shows that hiring managers sometimes use information obtained from such sites in ways that may not always be legally permissible under federal anti-discrimination […]
As an employer, it is reasonable for you to expect employees to adequately protect themselves against preventable illnesses such as the common flu and cold. Yet, each year, millions of employees fall sick with these ailments and are unable to work, sometimes for days. In January 2012, more than four million employees missed work because […]
Most companies have established dress code policies that look something like this: Appropriate dress is required for all staff. T-shirts, shorts, jeans, mini skirts or other non-business attire is not acceptable in the office. If you have any questions regarding what is considered appropriate office attire, please speak with your supervisor and/or human resources. According […]
Employee turnover is a data point that every manager wants to be conscious of no matter the size of your company.
After all, who wants to spend the time energy, and money that it takes to hire the right candidates only to see them walk out the door a short time later.