It’s the time of year when we gather with friends and family to give thanks for the good things in our lives (and to stuff ourselves with turkey and other goodies). But gratitude can also be helpful in another important setting: the workplace. Famed business leader and author Dale Carnegie believed that “the big secret
Disabled employees need not follow regular procedures to achieve reasonable accommodation A U. S. Court of Appeals has held that an employer cannot require a disabled employee to follow the regular procedures for requesting a transfer. It was up to the employer to find her a reasonable accommodation, and to implement it.
A male employee now says he’s a woman — what do we do? I have an employee that started cross-dressing. He wishes to use the women’s bathroom. He has provided a statement form his doctor that he is suffering from gender dysphoria. Are we obligated to allow him to use the women’s rest room?
Fantasies can come true. Just ask Ann Krcik, a rock climber who dreamed about quitting her marketing-operations job to work with fellow adventurers in the great outdoors. She made the leap by launching a Salt Lake City, Utah, firm that represents “extreme” athletes, signing them up to appear in commercials, and as models and motivational
Switching from a military to a civilian career is a big step. It also can be extremely difficult. Military officers may be highly qualified for many business positions. However, their backgrounds are so different from those of typical executives that employers often can’t tell if — and where — they’d fit. To start with, military
By payroll size, the biggest U.S. employer isn’t General Motors Corp. or Wal-Mart Stores. It’s Manpower Inc., a temporary services firm in Milwaukee, which employs 760,000. Manpower sends all types of employees into companies to fill temporary roles ranging from traditional filing and typing to complex computer, marketing or finance positions. Because these jobs aren’t
Despite the corporate layoff announcements piling up, the overall employment picture is still quite healthy. What better time to go into business for yourself? If you’ve yearned for the freedom of being your own boss, be warned: Experienced independent professionals will tell you that there’s little that’s “free” about being a free agent.
Wendy Brawer was an English teacher in Japan vacationing in Bali when she noticed how peaceful, rural hideaways were turning into tourist hotels. When she returned to the U.S., she was determined to shift environmental attitudes. She eventually hit upon the idea of helping communities create maps of their ecological and cultural resources. In 1995,
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management is the wealth management division of Bank of America. The firm is headquartered in New York City, and occupies the entire 34 stories of the Four World Financial Center building in Manhattan. Merrill Lynch employs over 15,000 financial advisors and manages $2.2 trillion in client assets. The firm has its origins in Merrill
If you’re a job seeker who’s been on the market for quite a while, you may wonder why you’re not getting hired. Is it your resume, your appearance, your interview skills, or something else? Manpower, a global staffing agency, recently released their Talent Shortage survey, which details the professions currently encountering a skills gap. The
Employers benefit from having both formal performance review and compensation review cycles. Many companies have a semiannual performance review cycle. One of the two reviews often coincides with the normal annual salary review while the other is used sparingly for special or off-cycle salary adjustments. This formal process is helpful because it allows the employer
In a recent webcast, “Winning in 2013: Alternative Compensation Strategies to Boost Your Competitive Edge,” Author and Managing Partner of Lance A. Berger & Associates, Lance Berger presented some alternative approaches to talent management that will help companies remain competitive in unpredictable and volatile business conditions. During this webcast, Lance discussed what competitive business strategies should
Companies Must Focus on Education, Employee Training to Bridge the Skills Gap There is, it seems, a skills gap in this country. Even as the national unemployment rate lingers above 8 percent — 12.5 million people — tens of thousands of jobs are going unfilled as employers contend that they just can’t find qualified candidates.
A Little Debate & Disagreement Among Team Members Can Actually Lead to Better Results Conflict Isn’t Always Bad While conflict is often viewed as something to be avoided at all costs, that is not necessarily the case. It’s a fact that conflict is, at some times, inevitable in every relationship. Fortunately, however, conflict is not
7. Build Relationships Work to build relationships not only between yourself and your employees, but also amongst employees. Strong relationships will provide trust, an important foundation for any team. 6. Set Goals Give your employees goals to work toward as a group. Shared goals will encourage a team mentality, and require teamwork to achieve. The
Tips for a Smooth Transition When Implementing Big Changes Within Your Company The ability to successfully introduce and execute organizational change is attained by winning support of the workers. If the employees are not holistically involved in change management, they are likely to show resistance in acceptance and implementation. Intuitive change communication is the
Employers Must Know Their Workers to Understand How to Get the Best Out of Them Employee motivation is vital to the success of any business. Without it, even the most skilled and capable workers can become unproductive, at which point the entire organization suffers. As an employer, you’ll need to manage your employees’ morale —