In light of the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the global economy, the true U.S. unemployment rate sits at an incredible 26.1%. What had been an employee’s market at the start of 2020 now seemingly favors employers. Yet, hiring in the current economy hasn’t become easier: Top talent, reluctant to leave relatively secure positions, has become […]
In today’s recruiting environment, employers that are hiring are encountering the same familiar hiring conundrums. An issue some employers struggle with is what to do when a clearly overqualified candidate applies for a job opening they’re looking to fill.
While watching college football over the holidays, I was treated to a humorous Match.com commercial titled “A Match Made in Hell.” The short plot went like this: Satan (a highly costumed actor portraying the lord of the damned) had gone on the site and filtered out “joy, happiness, toilet paper, and reason and met his […]
The workforce is full of people with diverse working styles. Some are seemingly obsessed with getting ahead of the game and tackling assignments as soon as possible. Others tend to wait until the last minute.
Some people always have something to say. Regardless of the subject matter or their personal involvement, they feel the need to chime in at every opportunity. Although this may simply be someone’s personality, others may see it as a deliberate strategy to get noticed and have an impact in the office.
One silver lining of the pandemic is that I have had an opportunity to catch up on some of my favorite Pixar short films with my daughter—most recently, the SparkShorts film Purl.
A recent Kansas federal court decision provides a good reminder of the importance of engaging in the interactive process when you’re dealing with disability accommodation requests. The ruling also highlights the perils of “pretext” (or false excuses) when articulating nondiscriminatory reasons for disciplining an employee.
Last month, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released new model forms that employers can use to coordinate employee leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Released on July 16, 2020, the revised medical certification and notices forms were immediately effective and available for employers to use.
2020 seems to have decided to be the year that will live in infamy. COVID-19 hit the headlines early in the year and really swung into action in March. I strongly suspect everyone reading this post has had his or her life upset in one way or another by the virus.
It’s hard to get a clear read on your organization’s culture in the best of times. It’s much harder now, as just about everyone is working from home.