Take a look at the job title on your business card. Is that what you dreamed about doing when you were in high school? Did you passionately pursue that career with a sense of true purpose? I am willing to bet that what most of you dreamed of doing when you were younger is something other than what is printed on your business card. Now that isn’t to say that you aren’t passionate about what you do. If you didn’t end up in the career of your dreams, you still can find meaning and purpose in your work. However, many…
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The answer is not as simple as one may think. The first step is to review your employee handbook, specifically your Drug and Alcohol Policy. Hopefully you have one. Read this article written by attorney, Pamela Fyfe, for more information.
President & Founder of HumanageHR, Maria Cordova, is interviewed by Napa’s KVON radio host, Chris Templeton, about various HR issues such as employment laws effecting California employers, how to engage and motivate employees, and turning a horrible boss into an amazing leader. Listen to the KVON Radio Interview below:
Let’s face it, we all get into heated situations in the workplace, whether through observation or active involvement. When taking the high road is not always the easiest or most instantly gratifying solution we need to remind ourselves of the big picture. I remember very early on in my career my boss screamed at me until his face turned red and veins protruded from his neck in front of everyone for a mistake he thought I made. Once he finished spraying his detest, holding my tongue I calmly asked him if we could continue the conversation in his office rather…
You are probably familiar with the term “mulligan” in golf. It is when a golfer attempts to hit a ball, but misses, and other players offer that person a second chance to hit the ball. A Blog called Yes, Candidates Can Get a Job Mulligan by HR Bartender discusses the application of this term with candidates and employers. What happens when a candidate interviews for a job, and lands the job only to discover a month later that it is not the right job for her?
More people more problems, as the saying goes. I have heard that mantra tossed around so many times during my career that I’ve gone from having a visceral negative reaction to accepting it as a conversational norm. True, being an employer is not easy.
Being self-aware is not only important in your personal life, but also for choosing the right career path. For employers, it means steering away from the traditional hiring practices to attract and retain exceptional people who are hired into roles where they can achieve great things, in an environment that allows them to really thrive. A blog from the Harvard Business Review discusses this topic further and is well worth the read.
This article written by HR Bartender does a good job of summarizing the need-to-know regarding employee files. So many employers get this wrong. I have had to completely reinvent entire filing systems, ensure compliance and gather missing documentation. This is something which if set up correctly from inception is easy to maintain, but if done incorrectly can be quite a big undertaking to correct depending on the number of employees. Employers, are you confident your files are compliant? Are you separating medical documents and I-9s from personnel files? If not, familiarize yourself now with legal requirements. For more information, click here to read…
When I look back on the early stages of my career in human resources I think one of the hardest pills to swallow was the bad reputation I had been bestowed by way of the heavy HR crown I now so proudly wear. After all, it’s not easy being queen. Queen of what you ask? Queen of policy enforcement, humiliating disciplinary meetings, heartless layoffs, corporate restructurings, boring sexual harassment training, and endless documentation requirements.
This is a great wine law blog, written by employment law attorneys.