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Why Aren’t We Talking More About Mental Health in the Workplace?

If you asked me I’d say it’s because people aren’t comfortable talking about something they don’t fully understand. THIS NEEDS TO CHANGE. It is essential -not just a good idea- for employers to reduce the stigma around mental health in the workplace. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experience mental illness.So, if you employ 50 employees, that’s at least10 of your hardworking people who live with mental illness and may be experiencing uniquechallenges. This is a number we can’t ignore.Personally, Ibelieve the actual number is higher. Ignoring mental health not only has negative consequences on…


Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (DIB) in the Workplace. What Does It Mean and How Do We Get There?

Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (DIB) in the Workplace.  What Does It Mean and How Do We Get There?  Last week I attended two workshops, two days in a row, on the topic of diversity and inclusion.  Instead of my typical weeknight evenings of binge-watching my favorite Netflix shows with my dog on my lap, I was nerding out on D&I!  I was seriously excited to attend, eager to learn and to have an open conversation with other business professionals around this topic that is finally gaining the importance it deserves. Both workshops took a different approach.  The first one had…



One of the biggest changes for employers in 2015 is California’s new requirement to offer paid sick leave to employees. The “Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014” requires all employers to provide at least three days of paid sick leave to all employees who work 30 or more days in California, including part-time and temporary employees. What should you do now? If you already have paid sick leave or PTO policies in place, you should determine if your current policies will meet the requirements of the new plan. If you do not currently offer paid sick leave you should…


Radio Show – Maria Cordova Talks HR Essentials

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:


HR Nightmares – Employers Beware!

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.


The Right Way To Maintain Employee Files

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…

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