The Texas Supreme Court will hear arguments in mid-January about a Whataburger Restaurants case that has been bouncing around the state legal system for several years. As you will soon discern, I believe the court’s decision will be good news for employers with alternate dispute resolution procedures in their workplaces. It also will deliver yet […]
Over the past several months, workplaces and their staff have learned new ways of working together. In many situations, they’ve had to adapt quickly to remote work, finding creative ways to continue the connections they need to remain productive and effective. And by and large, they’ve been surprised to find that a hybrid environment can […]
The season may have changed to fall, but the punishing summer heat can be expected to linger longer in many places around the country. Plus, indoor workplaces often pose heat risks year-round. That’s why the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced new measures aimed at reducing heat dangers in workplaces. NEP and […]
Employees are beginning to return to the workplace but not without a certain amount of angst. The past several months have given employees a taste of the freedom, flexibility, and convenience working from home offers. While some are happy for the opportunity to “return to normal,” many are reluctant—even resistant—to returning to the physical workplace.
More than half of all people in the United States (53.8%) have now been vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While still a far cry from the 70% goal President Joe Biden had predicted, it does show some progress is being made.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many remote employees have no doubt strengthened their bonds with and emotional dependency on their pets and, in some cases, service animals. As a result, you should expect to see a surge in animal-related accommodation requests as workers return to their physical workplaces. Here are some ideas to help you properly […]
The renewed focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) has come with companywide courses, seminars, and workshops on creating more inclusive workplaces. While “unconscious bias” workshops check the box, what is missing is the commitment from the top. Executive buy-in is critical for progress, but if the unconscious, or conscious, bias is coming from the […]
Here are some personal musings on the past year and how its lasting lessons may in fact make us all stronger at work and in the most important venue of all, our lives. After all, as Einstein once said, “Failure and deprivation are the best educators and purifiers.”
Distraction is one of the most significant and constant enemies of productivity. Some estimates say it can take as much as 23 minutes to get refocused on a task after a distraction. Obviously, in certain workplaces prone to frequent distractions, that can eat up the bulk of a day if not controlled.
Everyone is anxious for COVID restrictions to be behind us. We’re craving our routines and want to be able to meet up with loved ones more often.