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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.Read More
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?Read More
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.Read More
Staying Connected, Keeping Productive
It is no longer practical to ignore the increase of usage of smart devices and social media in the workplace. Blackberries, iPhones, iPods, and social networking sites likes Facebook are part of day–to-day business transactions. At the same time, these technologies also compete for your employees' attention. Striking a balance between flexibility and productivity is the key to establishing parameters...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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.Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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.Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
Prevent Discrimination and Value Diversity
Diversity recruiting for some may be a business practice simply targeted to meeting equal opportunity employment regulations (EEO). Valuing diversity in the workplace; however, should be larger than complying with diversity hiring mandates. Diversity Recruiting is crucial to business planning and success, from preventing discrimination in the workplace to the ability to compete in the global marketplace...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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.Read More
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