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Say ‘Nein’ to Nonstop E-mails to Save Workers’ Sanity

Americans are so obsessed with checking their e-mails on their smartphones almost 24/7—even those sent by their bosses—that they check them on weekends and vacation and sometimes walk into telephone poles or out into streets while reading them. But does the constant contact with work cause employees unreasonable and unhealthy stress? “Jawohl,” says German Employment Minister Andrea Nahles.

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Guess Who’s Thinking Outside the ‘Bun’ on Employee Comp and Benefits?

All this hoopla around workers’ rights leads some to believe that the fast-food industry is corrupt and unethical, but then the magazine Bon Appétit surprises us all with its top 10 list of fast-food restaurants that treat their employees well.

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Why HR and Sales Must Learn to Speak the Same Language

U.S. firms annually invest three times more in their sales forces than they do in their advertising, 20 times more than on online media, and 100 times more than on social media. For many companies, selling is by far the most expensive part of business—and where the most hiring occurs. Despite this, hiring results in sales are notoriously hit or miss.

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There’s No Accounting for Termination Based on Cable Complaint

Cable companies sometimes get a bad rap. They make you sit at home, all day, waiting for them to come fix your connections. They charge you outrageous prices for things you can watch on Hulu the next day for just $8. And, they can call your boss and tell him you complained about their service, which ultimately leads to your termination.

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Don’t Wait for Permission—Take Action

It’s not uncommon for me to say, “I’d rather hire someone who will ask for forgiveness than someone who must ask for permission before taking action.” If you’re going to accomplish anything in life, you must be willing to act. And when you do, things don’t always turn out exactly as you would like. Sometimes you must step back, alter your course, and try again. But give me the person who is prone to action. It’s like the great race car drivers say: “To finish first, you must first finish.” And to finish, you must get off the starting line.

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Incentive Plan Funding, Improvements, Evaluation (Survey Results)

Yesterday’s Advisor began our coverage of the incentive Pay Survey; today, more survey results, including how respondents fund incentives, how they communicate their plans, how they evaluate, and how they would improve them.

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Two-thirds of Employers Provide Some Type of ‘At risk’ Pay to Employees (Survey Results In)

BLR’s 2014 Variable Pay Survey reveals that almost two-thirds of participants put some employee pay at risk. Some 1,452 employers participated in the recently completed survey. Here are some highlights:

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I Tripped over the Cone, but It Has Nothing to Do with Me Being Intoxicated!

In another case of workers’ compensation gone wrong, a longshoreman was temporarily awarded workers’ comp for tripping over a safety cone, until the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals intervened and uncovered the truth.

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12 Point Action Plan—Handling Violence in The Workplace

Yesterday’s Advisor featured Attorney Edwin G. Foulke Jr.’s critical guidance on handling an active shooter in the workplace. Today, Foulke’s 12-point action plan for handling violence in the workplace.

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Slideshow: Mental illness in the workplace

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About one in four American adults suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in any given year. Employers need to be aware of their obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and comparable state laws regarding their employees’ mental health.

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