Volume 13, No. 6 • June 2016

June is employee wellbeing month. How are you helping your employees achieve wellbeing?

Career Advancement

  • Want to Be a Leader? Learn to Listen

    One of the most important and often overlooked leadership skills is listening. If you can learn to develop active listening skills, your employees may be more willing to come to you when they have ideas or issues. This article states that often, so much time is spent strategizing in meetings that sometimes decisions are made with no input from those in the trenches. The author says that your employees are the true experts in their fields. Be willing to Read the rest

  • Impress Hiring Managers with a Show-Stopping Success Story

    If you have a job interview coming up, or if you plan to meet with recruiters in the ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center during the upcoming ALA Annual Conference in Orlando (#alaac16) later this month, you may want to review the tips this article gives for impressing hiring managers.  The author suggests that you structure the descriptions of your achievements as success stories. She details how to make your success stories compelling so that they become more Read the rest

HR Practice

  • Give Useful Praise and Criticism

    Giving feedback is one of the most important things a manager does. Knowing how to do it in a way that makes the process less painful for the giver and more useful for the recipient can make a big difference in how the feedback is received. The author of this article admits that when you offer job-related praise or criticism, you cannot control whether people will actually act on it. You cannot force them to be open to your suggestions. Read the rest


  • The Art of Asking: Salary Negotiation for Library Workers

    Join ALA-APA on Sunday, June 26, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. in the Rosen Centre – Salon 01/02 (during the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando – #alaac16) to discuss salary and non-salary compensation negotiation issues in library hiring and promotion. We will review best sources for salary information, discuss common barriers to negotiation success, and offer concrete advice to empower library workers of all levels of experience to negotiate with ease and confidence. A portion of this session will involve facilitated Read the rest


  • Can Summer Stress Cause Employee Burnout?

    According to new data, the shift from spring to summer actually appears to lead to an increase in stress levels. Stress is today’s top workforce health risk—surpassing even obesity and inactivity. Busier weekends and extended time with family and friends may make some employees feel overwhelmed during the summer. However, this article suggests that employees should not forego taking vacation. Even if employees can’t afford to take time from the office or library for weeks on end, they can still Read the rest

  • 5 Ways to Boost Your Mood in a Matter of Minutes

    Whether you had a bad day at work, your kids are acting up or something more serious has occurred, having the skills to improve your mood can make the frustrations of life a whole lot more bearable. The author of this brief article gives a list of things you can do in order to boost your mood in less than five minutes. Give it a try. You might find that doing little things can make a big difference in how Read the rest

HR Law

  • New Overtime Rules Expands Pay for Millions

    The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently published changes to the overtime rule that will automatically extend overtime pay protections to approximately 4.2 million workers within the first year of implementation. The Final Rule focuses primarily on updating the salary and compensation levels needed for executive, administrative and professional workers to be exempt.  

    Specifically, the Final Rule:

    1. Sets the standard salary level at the 40th percentile of earnings of full-time salaried workers in the lowest-wage Census Region, currently the South
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