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June 24, 2019

Death is Unfixable

There is a stigma associated with suffering. People don’t want to show it and onlookers don’t want to see it. Grieving the loss of a loved one is a private sadness.  Caring communities come together to support those in grief. Workplaces promise a sense of community yet have much to learn to better support an employee’s grief. A recent article in Harvard Business Review When a Colleague is Grieving shares research and insight of how workplaces and managers can support employees in grief. Many people are familiar with the five stages of grief described as a steady process from denial, […]
May 28, 2019

Select a Natural

Employers would be wise to stop promoting individuals as a reward for performance in a different role. Choose supervisors based on their talent to communicate well and ability to develop others.  Natural supervisors want to be open and are approachable. Good supervisors establish priorities and goals. Good supervisors focus on others’ strengths. Great supervisors improve the level of trust in the workplace. Gallup’s four-decade research of 27 million employees identified five talents great managers possess. “They motivate their employees, assert themselves to overcome obstacles, create a culture of accountability, build trusting relationships and make informed, unbiased decisions for the good […]
April 22, 2019

Stalk Happens

Stalking is a crime of power and control. The National Institute of Justice defines stalking as “a course of conduct directed at a specific person that involves repeated (two or more occasions) visual or physical proximity, nonconsensual communication, or verbal, written, or implied threats, or a combination thereof, that would cause a reasonable person fear.”  Cyberstalking involves the use of electronic communication to create a criminal level of intimidation, harassment, and fear in one or more victims. Cyberstalkers may flood a target’s inbox with threatening or obscene messages; or assume the victim’s identity and post and solicit responses to intimidate, […]
March 27, 2019

“White Collar” Overtime Volley

The Department of Labor (DOL) published its proposed rule to revise the overtime exemption for so called “White Collar” positions. These include executive, administrative, professional, outside sales and computer positions that will be required to earn $679 per week or $35,308 annualized and meet the duties and salary to be exempt from overtime. More than a million workers will be affected by this ruling. Public comment is invited at www.regulations.gov by May 21, 2019. The rule will take effect after publication of the Final Rule. Most companies lived through the recent history of the DOL’s Final Rule that was to […]