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  • Leave as an Employment Accommodation

    Leave as an Employment Accommodation

    Leave as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) receives lots of attention, but what are employers obligated to provide?

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  • Reasonable Accommodations for Food Allergies in the Workplace

    Reasonable Accommodations for Food Allergies in the Workplace

    Food allergies affect an estimated 15 million individuals in the United States. Each year, food allergies result in over 200,000 people requiring emergency medical care due to allergic reactions to food. Making changes to the work environment and providing reasonable accommodations can ensure that all of your employees can enjoy and participate in the same benefits and opportunities as other employees at your company.

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  • Parking as an Employment Accommodation

    Parking as an Employment Accommodation

    It’s important to understand that an employer's obligation to provide a reserved parking spot as a reasonable accommodation for a worker with a disability is different than the obligations they have under Title III of the ADA (Public Accommodations) to provide a specific number of accessible parking facilities for the general public, including their employees and customers.

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  • Does Your Workplace Encourage Inclusion?

    Does Your Workplace Encourage Inclusion?

    Employers have many issues they have to tackle, especially in today's global workforce; however, one of the most important today may be developing a strategy that promotes inclusion. What is inclusion? Workplace inclusion encompasses any company mandate or policy that promotes diversity and equality. How do you go about creating this type of atmosphere and why should you even consider devoting the energy to doing so...

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  • What Makes a Great Team?

    What Makes a Great Team?

    To have a great team, there is no sure fire recipe for success. A combination of solid leadership, communication, and access to good resources contribute to productive collaboration, but it all comes down to having people who understand each other and work well together. Not every team needs that one superstar player to excel. Having the right mix of trust, ambition, and encouragement among your team members is crucial.

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  • Obtaining Useful Feedback from Customers

    Obtaining Useful Feedback from Customers

    The web has opened up the door to feedback, and never before have businesses been so connected to their customers. Whether you operate an organization that services businesses or you are a consumer venture, obtaining feedback from your customers is not only a pre–requisite to conducting business today, but can better help you address their needs. Here are some quick tactics you can employ today to encourage customer feedback...

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  • How to Make the Most of Customer Feedback

    How to Make the Most of Customer Feedback

    Employers have more access today to up-to-the-minute customer feedback. Online surveys, social media and web platforms mean you can elicit feedback from customers anytime. Making the most of the information you receive can help you build a loyal and satisfied customer base. The caveat here is that you need to be willing to respond in a timely manner, while also maintaining authenticity in this transparent environment...

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  • Managing Social Media with Your Employees

    Managing Social Media with Your Employees

    Social media has become so prevalent that many employers use it to engage in daily business, from promoting their products to recruitment. With social media here to stay, each business needs to determine what types of policies they are going to employ, should they allow any social media usage in the office. If you do use social networks to promote your business, managing a social media policy is imperative in guarding your reputation on the Internet...

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  • How to Manage Religious Observations in the Workplace

    How to Manage Religious Observations in the Workplace

    With the diversification of the workforce, the matter of religious diversity is a topic that many employers have either broached or need to broach. And with observations such as Christmas upon us, the topic of religion in the workplace is timely. Tolerance of differing religious values is a topic that many encounter both at work and outside the office. And with the workforce becoming more and more diverse...

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  • Organizational and Employee Development

    Organizational and Employee Development

    Building an organizational and employee development plan is an efficient way for managers to measure current performance and define key areas for improvement. These plans should serve as tools to help execute your organizational strategy and develop the employee skill set necessary to drive success. And the steps you take in this area can ensure that your organizational goals are aligned with the recruitment and retention requirements...

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  • Motivate Your Staff During the Summer

    Motivate Your Staff During the Summer

    Motivation is a key role that manager's play in the supervision of their employees. During the summer months motivating staff can become much more vital to keep productivity high and business moving, say the recruiting experts at America's Job Exchange. Developing a motivational plan is essential for companies, no matter what their size, but can become even more important for small business owners who rely on a smaller work force...

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  • Are Dress Codes Important?

    Are Dress Codes Important?

    While there are no federal requirements for office dress codes, other than those concerning gender or religious discrimination, most companies have some policy concerning appropriate workplace attire. Whether your business requires professional dress, you promote a casual work environment, or your business dictates a standard uniform, there are several things to consider.

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  • Rethinking Retention... What You Need to Know

    Rethinking Retention... What You Need to Know

    Why fix it if it's not broken? Keeping good employees and promoting from within is the best way to maximize profit, maintain an amicable attitude among staff, and allow an exceptional, motivated, and hard-working employee to demonstrate his or her abilities - and potentially become a valuable member of your company. With the time and money required to train someone else, employee retention is the clear-cut...

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  • Get the Most Out of New Employees

    Get the Most Out of New Employees

    Whether making New Year's resolutions, looking at past accomplishments, or setting goals, the New Year always seems to be a time of reflection for many. As a business manager, one area that you may be reflecting on is how best to motivate your employees to drive business objectives in 2012. Any good manager knows that there are proactive steps you can take to ensure you are getting the most out of your workforce...

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  • Valuing Employees, Why It Is a Key to Retention

    Valuing Employees, Why It Is a Key to Retention

    Valuing employees is an important part of retention and can also help decrease turnover rates. While you may have an employee retention programs in place, review the strategies below to determine if there is anything...

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  • The Importance of Employee Motivation

    The Importance of Employee Motivation

    Motivating your employees is vital to any business. A motivated workforce means a highly productive staff, all of which will help you achieve your business goals. And this should be a main objective in your organizational and business plan. Before you build a motivational strategy, the first step you need to take is to understand what motivates your employees. What drives them to their peak performance will better help...

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  • Gathering Employee Feedback

    Gathering Employee Feedback

    Another day, another dollar: this is the attitude that you don't want employees to adopt. Showing them that you value both their opinions and presence is the most effective method of displacing this flawed philosophy and arousing pride amongst employees and how their perform their jobs; which ultimately will help in employee development. One of the best ways to make employees know that they are being heard and encourage enthusiasm...

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  • Appreciate Your Employees in the New Year

    Appreciate Your Employees in the New Year

    The New Year has many of us making resolutions. For employers, it can provide a critical opportunity to engage employees and make them excited and motivated for the year ahead. If you are looking to foster an environment...

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  • Giving Off a Good Vibe: How to Create Great Company Culture

    Giving Off a Good Vibe: How to Create Great Company Culture

    In honor of National Small Business Month, we are devoting a series of articles designed to help companies improve their approach to recruiting and talent management. Today's focus is on how companies can work towards creating an ideal company culture, a crucial aspect of talent retention. A great company culture takes years to cultivate and cannot be implemented overnight...

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  • How to Give Constructive Feedback to Employees

    How to Give Constructive Feedback to Employees

    Many employers participate in an annual performance review process where they have the opportunity to sit down with employees and outline their expectations. While you may or may not have a formal process in place within your own organization; carving out time on an regular basis – above and beyond an annual review – can help provide employees with constructive feedback they need to perform their jobs effectively...

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  • Balancing Compliance with Organizational Dynamics

    Balancing Compliance with Organizational Dynamics

    The dynamics of an organization are defined by its behavior, from its business strategies, operational procedures, to its employees. With this in mind, designing a compliance strategy is larger than simply hiring diversity candidates so that you meet OFCCP compliance regulations. For a compliance strategy to be effective, it requires buy–in and involvement from all levels of the organization, from the top down...

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  • Mergers & Acquisitions: How They Impact Employees

    Mergers & Acquisitions: How They Impact Employees

    Mergers and acquisitions are common in today's global marketplace. They are a way for companies to acquire technologies or products, improve profits and productivity, while reducing overall expenses. They may not allow for long adjustment periods, however, so the best approach is to plan. Your overall organizational plan should include all areas which are bound to impact your workforce, including staffing, communication, training, and customer relationships...

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  • Be a Better Boss

    Be a Better Boss

    If you are a manager, your responsibilities probably include both fiscal management and people management. The latter, being a good boss, is vital to not only the business but also your career success. When you establish good relationships with your employees you create a stronger organization. From motivating staff to your management style, being a good boss should be a skill you continually refine...

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  • 11 Tips for Highly Effective Meetings

    11 Tips for Highly Effective Meetings

    Meetings, in the workplace, are necessary for exchanging opinions, ideas and collaborating to move projects forward or improve what already exists. Employees should feed excited about participating and contributing to the betterment of their business skills and the growth of their company.

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