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Can We Prohibit E-Cigarettes in the Workplace? Q&A

E-cigarettes seem to be everywhere these days, and some claim they help people stop smoking regular cigarettes. But, their safety is unproven, and many employers are uncomfortable allowing them in the workplace. Should you ban them?   Q: We don’t currently have a policy on e-cigarettes but recently have had several employees ask about their …

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When Turnover Is A Good Thing

It can be easy for those outside of human resources to see any turnover as bad news. I’ve certainly seen executives question turnover rates without understanding what’s behind the numbers. From an HR standpoint, we know that there’s bad, good and neutral turnover, and to categorize it all as a reflection of organizational management isn’t …

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Seven Types Of Toxic Employees

There is no denying that retaining employees is one of the best ways a company can continue to grow and thrive. The more time and effort an employee invests in their career at your business, the more committed they become to watching it succeed. However, no matter how long someone has been with your organization, …

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Different Policies for Different Departments Sometimes Acceptable

Our company wants to create different policies for different departments within the company, such as requiring professional business attire for our office employees but allowing warehouse employees to wear jeans. Can we treat departments differently?   Creating different policies for different job titles or departments can be an acceptable practice in some circumstances. While there …

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What Do 2014 Trends Mean for 2015?

A 2014 survey released by PayScale revealed some interesting information about compensation and workforce trends. PayScale surveyed over 4,700 companies of all sizes throughout several different industries in several different countries (although a majority of them were in the United States). Much of the information collected implied that a majority of businesses are doing well and looking …

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The Top 4 Problems With Pay For Performance

Pay for performance or performance-related pay, as it’s also called, is a relatively simple concept. Under a performance-related pay philosophy, employees are offered financial incentive for meeting certain predetermined and quantifiable goals. A PayScale report, “Strengthen the Link Between Pay and Performance,” claims that in 2012, 56 percent of companies used a pay-for-performance strategy. And that …

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Work Shouldn’t Make You Crazy: How Job Stress Affects Mental Health

A recent headline from PsyBlog, “How Long-Term Stress Causes Serious Mental Disorders,” really caught my attention. Just about everyone I know is stressed these days, especially at work. And while stress doesn’t feel good, the idea that it could actually cause someone to develop a mental disorder is too much. I get stressed just thinking …

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