Thought for the day

by Michael Haberman December 20, 2018

Tweet In his book Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, Adam Grant makes the statement:  “Like most humans, leaders are remarkably good at anchoring on the past even when it’s irrelevant to the present.” Think about that as you are trying to change processes, and ways of doing things, in your workplace. Ask “Is this keeping […]

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From the archive Seven ways working for a good company is like having a good marriage

by Michael Haberman December 18, 2018

Tweet Today my wife and I have been married 47 years. Three years ago I published this post and I thought it was still apropos, so I am republishing it. Today is my wedding anniversary! Now you may think was does this have to do with anything in HR? As I have reflected on my […]

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5 Ways to Boost Employee Satisfaction Without Raising Salaries

by Michael Haberman December 17, 2018

Tweet Today’s post is brought to you by my friends at You need happy employees to have a productive, successful business. While giving your employees a raise is one thing you could do to improve employee satisfaction, ultimately, money can’t buy happiness. As an employer, you need to facilitate a work environment that retains […]

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Future Friday: Creativity in Recruitment

by Michael Haberman December 14, 2018

Tweet The headlines read “One million more jobs than candidates.” Companies are struggling with finding workers to fill their positions. This is requiring those in charge of finding talent to be more creative. One suggestion for a creative approach comes from an interview with Cheryl Cran, a “future of work expert” and founder of, which […]

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Guest post: A Guide to Human Resource Surveys & HR Questions with Samples

by Michael Haberman December 12, 2018

Tweet Today’s post is written by Freddie Tubbs, who is a human resources manager at Academized. He regularly takes part in HR and business events and contributes columns to Paper Fellows and Australian help blogs. While your business may already use surveys to find information and answers to the questions you have about your customers, using this data resource in your […]

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From the Archive: Icy weather, the “zone of employment” and workers’ compensation

by Michael Haberman December 11, 2018

Tweet Very disagreeable seems to have arrived early this December 2018, so I have decided to republish this post from last January. Take heed on how to handle slips and falls by employees. It is winter time in the Northern Hemisphere. As a result snow and ice has fallen making areas treacherous for travel, especially […]

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Future Friday: Will “Human skills” be enough in the future?

by Michael Haberman December 7, 2018

Tweet Fast Company magazine published an article titled 5 Myths about the future of work that you need to stop believing. These include: YOU NEED TO BE A QUICK LEARNER TO SUCCEED- It is not really the speed at which you learn something, it is whether you master the skill or not that is important.  […]

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3 Things Employees Look for in a Workplace

by Michael Haberman December 6, 2018

Tweet   Today’s post is brought to you by my friends at The things that employees look for in a workplace has changed and evolved over the past few years. This can make it challenging for some employers to keep up. If you take a look at the latest trends, you might be easily […]

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Employers just keep messing up!

by Michael Haberman December 5, 2018

Tweet In the past month, there were multiple stories of employers messing up compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act. Here are the stories: Alabama Installation Company to Pay $134,097 to 22 Employees After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds Overtime Violations U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Sacramento-Area Gas Stations Paying $45,957 to […]

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The Penalties for Misclassifying Independent Contractors

by Michael Haberman December 4, 2018

Tweet Recently a company in Louisiana agreed to pay nearly $250,000 in penalties for improperly classifying employees as independent contractors. Specifically, “…an electrical contractor based in New Iberia, Louisiana – has paid $249,278 in back wages to 117 employees” according to the press release from the USDOL. The employer was charged with not paying required […]

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