Networking is a word you hear often in business. It is defined as interaction with other people to exchange information and develop contacts to further one’s institution or career. In today’s world, LinkedIn is the most well-known professional networking tool that is utilized by over 467 million users worldwide. Networking allows you to brand yourself, create connections, build relationships, increase your business opportunities, and share knowledge and ideas. Read more
As a small business owner and an employer in California, you have legal responsibilities under the State (CFRA) and Federal (FEHA) employment anti-discrimination laws. Both Federal and California laws prohibit discrimination in the workplace based on an employee’s “protected characteristics”.
The heightened attention to workplace harassment and inappropriateness proves that we must all double our efforts to ensure that we set a professional tone and help prevent harassing incidents. As an employer, you have a legal duty to prevent harassment at holiday parties, just like you have a legal duty to prevent harassment in the office. As a leader and individual, you have a golden ticket to model the right behaviors and define professional respect in the workplace.
Here are our tips on how you can exert some control over office party festivities this season. Read more
“People don’t become leaders because they have charisma; people get charisma because they’re leaders,” Seth Godin, author of Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us.
According to a recent study of more than 12,000 U.S. and Canadian workers by global staffing firm Robert Half and Happiness Works, those in the creative and marketing occupations reported the highest levels of on-the-job satisfaction and interest in their work, compared to employees in the accounting and finance, administrative, legal, and technology fields.
In less than a year we are seeing changes in employment legislation from President Barack Obama’s administration to President Trumps involving overtime law, business liability, federal contract bidding, and worker exposure to harmful circumstances, among other policies. Read more
Unlimited Time Off? Seriously?
Often, we look to innovation leaders for insight and creative solutions on how to implement new policies within the workplace. We borrow some of these ideas when change is necessary in our own organization, such as offering telecommute options, employee perks, referral programs…and the list goes on. Staying relevant in today’s market is a tough job for any employer, and now that employees are being offered flexible and remote work options, , snack machines, gym memberships, meditation and yoga classes on-site, how do the smaller companies keep up? How do you attract the type of employee you want in your company, without compromising core values and business needs? Read more
Every manager dreads the day a great employee drops the bomb that they’re leaving the Company for another job. In our current economic environment, many workplaces have hiring freezes or hiring delays making it painfully difficult to replace departing employees.
On July 1 Sacramento kicked a surprise ball past the goalie and I can’t believe more people aren’t talking about it, because this affects all of us. As an insider in the insurance industry we’ve been dealing with this problem for years (and if you know me I’ve been ranting about this on our blog since 2014). What am I talking about? AB 72 – Balance Billing: Out of Network Coverage. Read more
With the shift in data technology and streamlining processes for HR leading us towards cloud software, mobile apps, and electronic files versus actual paper trails, organizations will undoubtedly have to move towards security for these various avenues as well. Protecting data, employee confidentiality, and ensuring safekeeping of sensitive data is all in the job description for those of working in HR. Technology should not change any of those priorities. Read more
Much of what we are discussing this week centers around technology in HR, because we hope to start conversations and open up dialogue about the tools at our fingertips at this year’s HR Tech Conference #HRTechConf in Vegas. But when you take a minute to think about how much technology influences your day to day life, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that technology, AI, and apps for everything are infiltrating the way we work too. Read more