Coronavirus + the Workplace: Tips for HR and Business Leaders

March 3, 2020
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This article was updated on March 12, 2020. Cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) are now confirmed in all 50 states; it’s clear that the impact on people and businesses is significant; and the 24-hour news cycle is providing non-stop coverage. It’s no wonder your employees have fears and questions about coronavirus and what it means for […]

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Optimize Open Floor Plan

6 Tips to Boost Productivity in an Open Floor Plan

July 24, 2019
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In 2017, I wrote a blog post about how to optimize a trendy, open workspace. At that time, we began to see a growing number of studies demonstrating the downside of working without walls—everything from increased illness and stress, to an unexpected decline in human interaction as employees did what they could to tune out […]

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Managing Employee Illness

Managing Employee Illness: When Culture is the Cure for the Common Cold

February 8, 2019
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There has been plenty of debate about the merits of different sick leave policies, but there are a few things we know for sure – employees will get sick, employee illness will impact work, and sick days are not what they used to be. Gone are the days of recovery by a calm, chicken soup-induced […]

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Paid Sick Leave

What NJ’s Mandatory Sick Leave Means For Great Cultures Everywhere

October 24, 2018
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In May 2018, NJ became the 10th state (plus D.C.) to enact a mandatory paid-sick-leave law. To put this in perspective, the US is only one out of 22 wealthy nations that does not guarantee some form of paid sick leave, so these states are attracting a lot of attention. The New Jersey Paid Sick […]

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Sexual Assault in the Media: How to Address the Workplace Impact

Sexual Assault in the Media: 4 Steps to Address the Workplace Impact

October 3, 2018
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As the events of the Kavanaugh hearing have dramatically unfolded over the past week, I have been struck by the number of women who are unexpectedly reliving previous sexual assaults through the detailed testimony of Dr. Ford. As a long time HR practitioner, it is hard to ignore the impact these events have on employees’ […]

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Broken Bone v. Broken Heart

Broken Bone vs. Broken Heart

June 20, 2018
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Broken Bone vs. Broken Heart As we continue to process the tragic loss of two incredible talents, Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, I am concerned about how we deal with mental illness in our places of work.   According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 18.5% of adults in the U.S. experience mental illness in […]

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