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The case for diversity

This edition of The Oswald Letter is a guest post from Elizabeth Petersen, Project Director for Simplify Compliance. While few American businesses self-report on diversity data, workplace discrimination and inclusion are near-daily topics in the media.

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Are Leave-Sharing Plans a Good Idea?

Q. We have employees who accrue paid time off (PTO) each pay period. A number of them don’t use all their PTO and would like to donate some of it to coworkers who have exhausted their own PTO. Does that violate any federal or state laws? Are there any special exceptions or issues we need […]

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Beating the Spring Slump: 3 Programs to Keep Employees Motivated

With summer around the corner and performance reviews out of the way, many employees are starting to feel that “spring slump”—that slowdown period where job motivation is on the decline. A study by Adobe even found that one out of three employees seek other jobs after performance reviews. So, what can companies do to keep […]

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The Key to Talent Retention: Treat Employees Like They’re Your Customers

Your customers and your employees are both the bread and butter to your organization, so why would you treat one group better than the other? New research shows that your employees want to be treated just as well as you treat your customers, and if they feel they’re being valued, they’re more likely to stick […]

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3 Ways to Make 1:1 Meetings Amazing for Everyone

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It’s time to give the 1:1 meeting a long overdue makeover. With many organizations shifting to ongoing performance management, there’s a growing awareness that regular check-ins between managers and employees are good for everyone. Unfortunately, very few organizations offer guidance to improve how they discuss challenges and give feedback. Here are three tips to help […]

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Wage and Hour: Is It Legal to Suspend an Employee Without Pay as a Form of Discipline?

QUESTION: My company often sends employees home without pay for various offenses, such as egregious dress code violations, insubordination, and slacking off. Sometimes, the employee is told to return the next day, and sometimes the suspension runs for a few days or more while we investigate. I wouldn’t want anyone to know I’m asking, but […]

6 Steps to Conflict Resolution in the Workplace

Conflict resolution in the workplace can be broken down into steps to simplify the process. By doing so, HR and managers can ensure more effective communication and a more effective conflict resolution process.

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5 Critical Components Every Job Description Must Contain

In a part one of this article we featured the California Employment Law Letter’s take on the importance of a good job description. Today, we look at the key components every job description must contain.