HR Insights

The ADA at 25: It’s Comes Down to Making a Reasonable Accommodation

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By Eric B. Meyer Yesterday, the Americans with Disabilities Act turned 25. To celebrate the 25th anniversary, the EEOC has created a new resource which addresses the state of the ADA, lists important milestones, and offers links to a series of ADA resources. Save the Family and Medical Leave Act, I get more…

Management 101: Connecting With Employees Beyond Their Job Description

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“Think back to grade school, high school, college, or your past jobs; I want you to think of the teacher or manager that during this period had an impact on your life. If you can’t relate to that time period, think of the person that connected with you in such a way that…

How Frequent Turnover in Top Leadership Can Turn an Organization Toxic

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A few months ago Amtrak faced the worst train accident to ever hit the northeast corridor. Though still under NTSB investigation – it is likely that no one single issue caused the crash. It was a sequence of events that lead to the Amtrak disaster, and not all of them occurred onboard the…

3 Keys to Motivating Multi-Generational Teams in the Workplace

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Today’s managers’ face a unique challenge — motivating a multi-generational workforce. For the first time in history, there are four generations making up our nation’s workforce. With Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennial (Generation Y) employees on the same team, a one-size-fits-all method to management and motivation simply isn’t effective. To manage…

Checking Your Email at Home Isn’t Exactly What I Would Call “Working”

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For most of their careers, my parents could never check their work email at home. It did mean that they probably stopped working when they got home, unlike most professional employees today. My parents also rarely made it home at 5 pm, and worked in the office many Saturdays and Sundays when the…

Exit Interviews: The 2nd Most Worthless Activity HR Has To Handle

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Editor’s Note: Readers sometimes ask about past TLNT articles, so every Friday we republish a Classic TLNT post. Let’s be clear, the most useless HR activity is Performance Management. Hands down. But since I have been an enthusiastic beater of that horse already, a close second has to be the Exit Interview. Let’s review…

5 Better Things to Do Than Have Status Meetings

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What’s a good staff meeting? This is such an important topic that any effective manager needs to really get it right. Here are some questions I get: What should I be doing with my staff as a team? How should I organize my staff meetings? What are the right topics to discuss? What is…

It Will Be Worth Your While to Make Sure Employees Get Enough Sleep

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According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), some 41 million workers in America aren’t getting enough sleep. We already know that American workers take fewer vacation days and work longer hours than their industrialized counterparts around the world. But when nearly a third of your workforce is showing up to work sleep-deprived…

Leadership 101: Do Your Daily Interactions Command Respect and Trust?

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I had a recent interaction that got me thinking about how people show up in the world so differently, and how the way we show up tells others about who we are. While it’s important for anyone who cares about their career, reputation, and effectiveness to reflect on how they come across, it’s…