Volume 13, No. 7 • July 2016

Career Advancement

  • How to Deal With a Horrible Boss

    Whether your supervisor is prone to fits of rage, has a tendency to micromanage, blames you for his mistakes, or plays favorites, a less-than-harmonious relationship with your boss can cause a lot of stress. The author of this article says that while telling a boss you hate to take a hike might be an appealing notion, it’s not the most professional way to deal with the situation. She offers five things you can do to help alleviate the pressure of Read the rest

HR Practice

  • 4 Hiring Mistakes that Scare Away a Good Job Candidate

    The interview is a two-way proposition.  While you are analyzing a candidate, they are sizing you up too. Good candidates know they have options.  Just as you are checking them out for fit, they are checking you out as well and will pass on your offer if things don’t feel quite right.  Even though you may have interviewed many candidates, often HR professionals and managers could use a few tips to provide a better experience.  This article lists four mistakes Read the rest

Salaries

  • 3 Tips to Negotiate a Government Salary

    In government, the reason giving the most for why people fail to negotiate salaries is the belief that public sector salaries are non-negotiable. The author of this article says this is a common misconception. Yes, there are strict guidelines that accompany hiring authorities on the local, state, and federal level of public service. However, negotiating a higher salary can be done. This article gives tips for how to do it.Read the rest

Work/Life

  • Treat Life Like a Game

    By Chelsea Hoitt

    Sometimes, when you start to question what the point is of all the hard work you do, when it seems like no one appreciates your efforts; it helps to treat life as if it is a game. Pretend that you are competing to prove yourself to those who might be able to see all, whether or not you believe in god, you can imagine that someone somewhere someday might recognize your efforts as a judgment of you Read the rest

  • 3 Ways You Can Help Your Employees Find Work-Life Balance

    Finding a balance between one’s work and personal life is important to workers today. Employers that want to attract and retain the best talent are increasingly recognizing that it is a good business decision to help employees find the balance they seek.  This article suggests a few options to help employers address this concern.  Open communication between managers and employees about the organization’s priorities and the employee’s personal priorities are key. The next step is to work together to ensure Read the rest

HR Law

  • FMLA Leave Means Leave, Period

    Employers should be careful about taking disciplinary action or trying to hold an employee accountable for uncompleted work while that employee is out on Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave. The case described in this brief article explains that leave means leave, which means that you risk an FMLA claim if you take action against an employee who leaves unfinished work on the table.  An employee exercising rights under FMLA to take protected time-off from work must be relieved Read the rest

  • If You Conduct Pre-Offer Background Checks, Beware

    Typically, an employer conducts background checks only after making a conditional offer of employment. While the practice of doing pre-offer background checks may be legal, the author of this article says that it is not a best practice.  Among the reasons given for this statement is the fact that background checks often reveal a person’s race, religion, political affiliation, national origin or other protected characteristic. If you conduct the background check before denying someone a job offer, that person may Read the rest