Volume 13, No. 11 • November 2016

Today, Tuesday, November 8th is Election Day in America. Go vote if you haven’t already done so!

Spotlight

  • Elect to Do the Right Thing for Employees Taking Time Off From Work to Vote

    As long as Election Day remains a working day, employees will show up to work late, leave work early or take long lunches just so that they can vote. We applaud those employers who have policies in place to ensure these employees are not penalized for taking time off.  The author of this brief article suggests that employers not even entertain the idea of disciplining employees who do take time off to vote. Besides being an unsavory practice, in some Read the rest

ALA-APA News

  • APA Wellness Website Re-Launched

    The newly re-designed APA Wellness website and logo was recently relaunched.  This project is based on ALA President (2007-2008) Loriene Roy’s Circle of Wellness Initiative.  Ted Chaffin, Sara Jeffress, Jennifer Turner, and Laura Warren-Gross–all members of the 2008 cohort of ALA Emerging Leaders–created the Circle of Wellness website and several accompanying tools.  In the spring of 2016, the website’s content, tools, organization, and design were updated by Amanda Avery, Dory Cochran, and Jennifer McElroy, members of the 2016 cohort of Read the rest

Career Advancement

  • 4 Ways to Become a High Payoff Learner

    People love to be good at things, but often, they aren’t willing to put in the effort it takes to become good. This article (which summarizes a session that took place at the Next Generation of Government Summit) explains that you can drive change for yourself and for the world if you get good at acquiring new skills. By focusing on four specific strategies and adopting a mindset that you’re still learning, you can become a high payoff learner Read the rest

  • 4 Ways to Build Influence on LinkedIn

    I’m sure you already know that LinkedIn is a professional networking platform which is designed to foster strategic connections among registered members.  Growing your network is one way to create a successful brand and establish professional credibility. This article gives practical tips with detailed instructions for building your influence through LinkedIn.Read the rest

HR Practice

  • If You Don’t Offer Paid Sick Leave, Expect Employees to Show Up Sick

    We are now officially in the cold and flu season. The weather is changing. One day the temperature could be 80 degrees and the next day it could be 40 degrees. This fluctuation in the weather often causes many people to become ill. According to this article, about 1.5 million Americans with no paid sick leave benefits go to work ill each week. Paid leave isn’t mandatory for all in the U.S. Employers have the option to offer Read the rest

  • Employers Should Partner with Employees to Fight Financial Stress

    The holidays are fast approaching. This is the time of year when some people tend to overspend. For those who may already be drowning in debt and financial responsibilities, the stress can be overwhelming. According to this article, a special report found that “employees who suffer from overwhelming financial stress or struggle to maintain financial stability tend to incur both immediate and future financial costs for their employer in the form of absenteeism, garnishments, payroll taxes and delayed retirement.” Read the rest

Work/Life

  • Could You Be Suffering with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?

    Some people experience a serious mood change during the winter months, when there is less natural sunlight. This condition is called seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. SAD is a type of depression. It usually lifts during spring and summer.  If you notice yourself feeling “down” or “blue” during the winter months, you could be suffering with SAD. According to Dr. Tahir Sheikh, a psychiatrist at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, Downers Grove, Ill., 20 percent of Americans suffer Read the rest

  • 54 Ways to Remain Happy and Healthy Despite Your Busy Lifestyle

    According to one study, a large number of people consider themselves to be pretty happy. It turns out that little things can make a big difference in determining if you are happy and healthy both physically and mentally. In this article, the author lists 54 simple things you can do on a daily basis to contribute to your “happy-levels.” She says that if you can start with 10 things that are easy for you to do through your Read the rest

HR Law