Performance Appraisals and the Halo Effect

In yesterday’s Advisor we heard from Steffen Maier, Cofounder of Impraise on how unconscious bias plays a role during performance appraisals, and how to overcome those biases. Today we have more tips.

TV Explores #MeToo Red Flags as EEOC Stings Real-Life Harassers

One year has passed since The New York Times and The New Yorker broke the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal, yet television shows are still weaving #MeToo themes into their storylines. On November 1, 2018, NBC’s comedy series Will and Grace took up the serious topic in the subplot for an episode titled “Grace’s Secret.”

Comment Period Extended Again On NLRB Joint-Employment Rule

Employers and others interested in influencing a new rule on what constitutes joint employment have another month to make their thoughts known on the issue. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced on December 10 that the comment period for the proposed rule was being extended to January 14, 2019.

A Clear and Present Danger: Domestic Violence in the Workplace

On Monday, November 19, emergency room doctor Tamara O’Neal was shot outside her workplace, Mercy Hospital & Medical Center on Chicago’s south side. According to sources, the shooter, Juan Lopez, was angry with her over a broken engagement, leading to yet another workplace active shooter situation. While coworkers can be the perpetrators of workplace violence, […]


These 3 Types of Feedback Boost a High-Performance Culture

Management literature is filled with different perspectives on what managers should do to most effectively influence the performance of staff members who report to them. Ranging from authoritative to collaborative, aspects of these various styles are appropriate at different times and in different situations. But the core characteristics of a mentor—a wise and trusted advisor […]


Unconscious Factors Impacting Your Performance Appraisals and How to Stop Them

Objectivity is the most important part of having an effective performance appraisal system. What you want is a system in which your top performers are recognized and then given opportunities to advance their skills. Meanwhile, rather than being discouraged, low performers should come out with the advice and motivation they need to improve their performance. […]


Arizona’s Small Employers Need to Be Ready for New COBRA-Like Mandate

Arizona employers with fewer than 20 employees need to be ready for a new state law requiring them to offer continuation of health insurance benefits for employees and their dependents. The new law applies to health benefits plans sponsored by small employers that are issued or renewed after December 31, 2018.

Flurry of Disability Discrimination Claims Warrants Attention

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently announced that a Hawaii employer agreed to pay $90,000 to settle a disability discrimination charge. That was just one of 19 settlements and lawsuits involving disability discrimination claims publicized by the EEOC since August 1, 2018. The flurry of EEOC activity and the high volume of disability discrimination […]

Should We Have Worker Representation on Boards?

It’s long been a perception in some circles that the corporate fat cats don’t have the best interests of the working man (or woman) in mind. But, what if that group of fat cats included those workers? That is, in essence, what Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has been proposing.