One Supreme Court Decision that helps Employers

by Michael Haberman July 14, 2014

Tweet In late June the U.S. Supreme Court issued many decisions. One of those dealt with a question that had been open for several years. In January of 2010 President Obama made some recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board. There was a hue and cry that the President exceeded his authority in making […]

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Future Friday: Being Human in a Machine Age

by Michael Haberman July 11, 2014

Tweet I have written a number of times about the importance of figuring out what is human about your job. Of course that means you have also figured out what it is about your job that can be replaced by a robot or some other technology. A recent article by Andrew McAfee points out the […]

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Why calling the boss a “f**king a**hole” may be protected activity

by Michael Haberman July 10, 2014

Tweet Most bosses would probably react negatively to being told he is a “f**cking a**hole” to his face. In my book that would probably be a good reason to terminate the employee’s employment. It is obvious he is not going to be a team player, he may not be trustworthy, and he is certainly not […]

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Understanding how and when to praise determines how well it works

by Michael Haberman July 9, 2014

Tweet I came across an article written by Leigh Steere on 8 tips for effective employee praise. I found it to be a good set of tips for helping managers (and others) understand how to get the behavior they want to see. Steere’s tips Her tips for effective employee praise include: Stay in character. This […]

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Trying to live the dream on low wages

by Michael Haberman July 8, 2014

Tweet We probably all know some young man who has spent much of his early life playing baseball. They grow up with the dream of getting ever better and eventually making it to the “show.” I watched the young man across the street throw tens of thousands of balls in the street. He became a […]

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Three Ways to Accommodate Older Workers

by Michael Haberman July 7, 2014

Tweet July 7th  is/was my birthday depending on when you are reading this. I will admit it was my 63rd. I am aware of issues with being older and the perceptions people have of you capabilities. As I was reviewing some material I came across this brief article by Michael North and Hal Hershfield called […]

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50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

by Michael Haberman July 3, 2014

Tweet Fifty years ago on July 2nd the Civil Rights Act was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson. In HR it is the foundational law that guides workplace actions around discrimination. Title VII Title VII established equal protection for people in the protected categories of race, religion, color, sex and national origin. Since that […]

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Three Myths About Holiday Pay

by Michael Haberman July 1, 2014

Tweet I am on vacation this week but I thought you might find this replay of a previous post about holiday pay interesting. There are a lot of myths and misunderstandings that have developed about how and what people must be paid. Much of this comes from the past practices that people learned from working […]

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Holiday Pay for the 4th of July: Revisited

by Michael Haberman June 30, 2014

Tweet This was originally posted on July 5, 2011. I thought I would revisit it prior to the holiday in 2014. I was reminded of this post by someone else finding it and posting a link to it on their blog. If someone is interested I thought you might be too. The Fourth of July […]

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Future Friday: A Wrap up of #SHRM14

by Michael Haberman June 27, 2014

Tweet In keeping with my Future Friday theme I wanted to talk about Tom Friedman’s keynote address and the picture of the way work is going to be in the coming decade. Gutenberg moment Friedman said in his introductory remarks that we are in a “Gutenberg” moment at this time, meaning that the shift that […]

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