Volume 12, No. 12 • December 2015

Career Advancement

  • Why Middle Management is the Toughest Job in Leadership

    Being a midlevel manager can be tough.  Midlevel managers must be able to lead their team effectively while also managing up at the same time. They must master leadership on multiple fronts while often working with a number of generations simultaneously.  If you are one of these heroes, this article advises you to build your network, manage your time effectively, and take extraordinarily good care of yourself.Read the rest

HR Practice

  • Employers, Help Employees Manage Emotional Distress After Incidents of Mass Violence

    Incidents of mass violence are human-caused tragedies that can impact whole communities and the country at large. These types of disasters, which include shootings and acts of terrorism, often occur without warning and can happen anywhere, as shown by recent incidents in the U.S. and France.  

    Television or internet coverage of upsetting events like natural disasters, terrorist attacks, or mass shootings can affect our sense of order and safety. It may even impact those with no personal connection to the Read the rest


  • When You Bring Work Stress Home, Your Children Are Affected

    According to the Harvard Business Review, a new report from Project: Time Off says that 80% of children have noticed that their parents are bringing work stress home. This stress has a big impact on children’s wellbeing. While only 19% of the children in a survey of more than 700 children between the ages of 8 and 14 years old said that they are typically in a good mood on an average day, on days that their parents took Read the rest

  • Jobs Report Shows Solid and Widespread Growth

    The latest Employment Situation report shows that with the addition of 211,000 jobs in November, the economy continues to recover at a steady clip. The U.S. Department of Labor’s blog explains that it was the 69th consecutive month of private sector job growth, to the tune of 13.7 million jobs created – the longest streak on record. For the first time since 1999, the U.S. is on track to have back-to-back years of average monthly job growth over 200,000 jobs.Read the rest


  • Let Your Presence Be a Present

    By Beatrice Calvin

    A Reason…A Season…A Lifetime

    “Some people come into our lives for a specific reason.  Some come for a season.  Some come for a life time.” (Unknown)

    This is the time of year when many people celebrate with holiday cheer, exchanging wishes for a wonderful season and a happy new year.  It is also a time when many of us become stressed because we get pulled in so many different directions. We are stretched when we try to Read the rest

  • Balance Your Work and Life with Small Changes

    Having a family is hard, but people make it work. The author of this article says it was one of the hardest adjustments he ever had to make. It required that he make smart, strategic, purposeful decisions to balance life, family, and work. He offers suggestions that you may be able to employ in order achieve a semblance of balance if you face similar circumstances. The author says that some things may never be perfect and you should understand that Read the rest

HR Law

  • Court Decisions Provide HR Expanded Protection from Retaliation

    Having a HR staff that is willing to be forthright about discrimination when they observe it and willing to fight to stop it is a key tool that allows management to nip problems in the bud and avoid greater liability down the line. This article explains that based on recent court decisions, management must be aware that it could face liability for retaliating against HR employees for raising concerns about discrimination, even where the concerns arise out of employees’ job Read the rest