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Are You as Good Today as You’ll Ever Be?
Will today be as good as your life ever gets? Let’s pretend I’m an all-knowing being – which I most certainly am not – and that I visited you with an announcement: today, you’re as good as you’ll ever be. You’ll never be any better than you are right now. Tomorrow won’t be terrible, but […]
California Legally Recognizes ‘Non-binary’ as Third Gender, EEO-1 reporting remains the same
In October, California passed Senate Bill 179 to recognize a third gender option on state-issued IDs, driver’s licenses and birth certificates. The new law also makes it easier for California residents to change their legal gender to male, female or nonbinary. For EEO-1 reporting purposes, employers still will be required to report all workers as […]
4 Weaknesses in an Employer Brand From a Galaxy Far, Far Away
With the holiday moviegoing season upon us, one of the most anticipated blockbusters – about a continuing space battle – is approaching at warp speed. Earlier entries in this enduring franchise actually can teach us about one of today’s hottest HR topics, the employer brand. The first film’s hero – we’ll call him Lou Swashbuckler […]
4 Reasons for Our Nation’s Talent Shortage
Organizations worldwide are frustrated by the challenge of finding well-qualified talent, which makes the fight to hire a top candidate even tougher. Manpower Group’s annual Talent Shortage Survey revealed that last year, 40% of employers worldwide reported difficulty filling jobs. It’s not just your HR department feeling the pain, either; according to a recent Deloitte […]
Holidays, Not Holidaze: The Dos and Don’ts of Work Parties
Caleb talks with the director of SHRM’s Illinois State Council, Dave Ryan, about the dos and don’ts organizations can implement to ensure all attendees have a wonderful and safe time.
Leading Yourself: 7 Ways to Achieve Your 10-Year Goals
Imagine you’re at dinner party 10 years from now in a lovely home, with dear friends you haven’t seen in ages. As you make your way around the party catching up on life, each person asks the same questions, wondering what is new with you, your family and your life. Now let’s return to the […]
The 2018 Social Security Wage Base increases to $128,400
Each October, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announces cost-of-living adjustments based on changes in national average wages. These adjustments take effect the following January. Based on available data, on Oct. 13, the SSA communicated the maximum amount of wages subject to Social Security tax for 2018 to be $128,700, an increase from $127,200 in 2017. […]
How 3 States Expanded Pregnancy Discrimination and Family Leave Benefits
Employees in every state are protected under federal laws pertaining to pregnancy discrimination and family leave benefits (discussed in these earlier blog posts); however, states and localities may pass laws that give additional protections and rights to pregnant employees. All but five states have laws or interpretive case law in place providing protections against pregnancy […]
3 Big-Screen Holiday Parties HR Could Have Saved
Holiday parties can be a great way for the entire office to celebrate the year’s accomplishments. While parties usually are fun, they are also a potential source of HR violations. Here’s a look at a three famous holiday-soiree fiascos to hit the big screen and how a proactive HR team could have prevented these movies’ […]
How to Build an Organization of Encore Performers
Mark Sanborn is a celebrated speaker and the international bestselling author of The Fred Factor, a book about developing leadership and becoming an exceptional individual. He is passionate about developing leaders in business and life to help them achieve their full potential. I recently talked with Sanborn on the HR Break Room podcast about how […]
4 Things Every Business Should Consider Before Hiring Contingent Workers
The contingent workforce – or the “gig economy” – usually conjures images of ride-sharing or food-delivery services. While technically that’s accurate, the contingent workforce also is much broader in scope, and potentially can help your business work more efficiently and effectively. However, reaping those rewards requires a strategy. Without one, you could end up complicating […]
8 Ways Veterans Improve Your Workforce
Is your recruiting team actively seeking veterans to fill your open positions? If not, you could be missing out on an unbeatable combination of skills and experience. Not only are military personnel often cross-trained in a variety of useful skills, but they also have invaluable experience that can benefit your organization. The available Work Opportunity […]