Volume 13, No. 9 • September 2016

Spotlight

  • Americans Remembered 9/11

    Last Sunday was the 15th anniversary of 9/11, when more than 3,000 people were killed in terrorist attacks in the United States.

    For many Americans, the tragic events of September 11, 2001 instill a renewed sense of patriotism and an incentive to serve others.  Here are some ways that some reflected, served, and remembered September 11:

    • Observed a moment of silence. Many Americans observed a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. (Eastern Daylight Time), marking the exact moment Flight 11
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Career Advancement

  • When to Settle, and Not Settle, on that Job Offer

    If you have ever had to look for a job for an extended period of time, you probably understand the temptation to accept the first offer you receive—even if it’s not exactly what you want. There are times when taking a job—any job— may be necessary to pay your bills or to get your foot in the door. However, there are times when you need to pause and evaluate if the offered job leads you towards your career goals. The Read the rest

HR Practice

  • 9 Things That Destroy Successful Teams

    At some point in your career you may be put on a team in order to complete a project. It could run smoothly with no bumps along the way with everyone getting along. This is not often the case, however, when it comes to people working in teams. The author of this article suggests nine factors that can turn an otherwise competent group of workers in to an unproductive, ineffective team. Some of these include poor communications, micromanagement, unreasonable expectations Read the rest

  • 3 Key Tips to Remember When Disciplining Employees

    We all have days when we are not working at our highest level. If there are times when behavior is consistently unacceptable, however, it often becomes incumbent upon managers to provide coaching and possibly disciplinary action. Although disciplining employees is always on a case-by-case basis, this article provides some standard components of communication required to help avoid law suits. The ultimate goal is to get the employee to improve his performance to an acceptable level. The author suggests that managers Read the rest

Statistics

  • EPI Launches State of Working America Data Library

    The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) released the State of Working America Data Library, which provides researchers, media, and the public with easily accessible, up-to-date, and comprehensive historical data on the American labor force. Compiled from EPI analysis of government data sources, the Data Library provides a clearinghouse of EPI’s best data to help people interested in the labor force answer questions, ask new ones, and find solutions. Use it to research wages, inequality, and other economic indicators over time Read the rest

Work/Life

  • Hate Your Job? Better Check Your Health

    According to this article, a recent study suggests that if you’re not happy at work, your emotional well-being and your physical health may both suffer.  Study results suggest that those with low satisfaction throughout their careers are more likely to be diagnosed with emotional issues and tend to worry excessively.  The study also revealed that unsatisfied workers were also more likely to become ill with greater regularity than respondents who said they were content in their career.Read the rest

  • Steps You Can Take to Create a Happier Workforce

    Human Resources professionals and managers usually have influence with those who report directly to them as well as with key decision-makers. You are often in a position to provide valuable resources and help guide your library or organization to a culture that causes less worry and stress for employees—resulting in better overall health and productivity.  This article provides twelve things that managers can do help ensure a healthy work environment.  Read the rest

HR Law

  • EEOC Issues First Retaliation Guidance Update Since 1998

    Late last month, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its final Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation and Related Issues, to replace its 1998 Compliance Manual section on retaliation.  EEOC Chair Jenny R. Yang commented that “Retaliation is asserted in nearly 45 percent of all charges we receive and is the most frequently alleged basis of discrimination.” 

    The final guidelines include discussions on topics such as what employee activity is protected under the law, remedies for retaliation, legal analysis Read the rest