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What Free-Speech Protections Do Private Sector Employees Have?

As Americans, we are rightfully proud of our freedoms and our rights. The country was founded on such principals. So, it’s not surprising that many employees become indignant if and when their employers put in place or enforce policies they see as curbing these rights, particularly their right to free speech.


Importance of Annual Off-Site Meetings

Many readers have been part of, or have at least heard from friends and family, about annual off-site meetings. These are often once-a-year gatherings—either of all employees or perhaps all employees of a particular seniority level—where the previous year’s progress and results are reviewed and the goals and objectives for the coming year are unveiled […]


5 Factors that Lead to Burnout

Employee turnover is costly for organizations. It takes time and resources to identify, recruit, onboard, and train new staff—not to mention the institutional knowledge that may be completely lost when an employee leaves.


How Diversity Training Impacts White Employees

The United States is an increasingly multicultural and multiracial society—and so is its consumer market. At the same time, American companies are increasingly taking a global approach to thinking about where to sell their products. This means that companies need to think hard about how to appeal to—and not offend—diverse groups. High-profile stories about racially […]


What Would Employees Give Up for a Raise?

There are many factors that influence employee satisfaction. Obviously, one of the first to come to mind is compensation. Whether it’s a salary or bonus, you’d be hard-pressed to find an employee who wouldn’t like a little extra in his or her paycheck.

Appellate Court Upholds $500,000 Jury Verdict for Disability Harassment

A jury awarded an employee with a speech impediment $500,000 because he was harassed by a supervisor who mimicked his stutter. The central issue on appeal was whether the supervisor’s conduct was sufficiently severe or pervasive to constitute disability harassment. When does a joking atmosphere become a hostile work environment?


How to Accommodate Transitioning and Transgender Employees

In 2017, the state of California enacted the Transgender Work Opportunity Act, which became effective in January 2018. The legislation requires mandatory workplace postings and enhanced training programs geared toward helping transgender and gender nonconforming workers overcome high unemployment rates, helping prevent discrimination in the workplace, and increasing inclusiveness in the workplace.


3 Ways Senior Leaders Can Inadvertently Create Toxic Workplaces

It’s undeniable that business leaders—whether the CEO, leaders of business units, or department heads—have a large influence on the environment of the workplace they run. The leader sets the expectations, sets the tone, and sets an example for how employees throughout the organization or department should behave and what qualities the company looks for in […]


Boost Engagement Through Role Clarity

Employee engagement can sometimes be seen as a fluffy concept, but savvy businesses recognize it as a key factor in overall company success. According to a Harvard Business Review study, 71% of surveyed business leaders identified employee engagement as one of the factors most likely to bring success to their business. Engagement ranked third, after […]