Workplace Management

Another “Left-field” Challenge for HR Professionals and Employers: A No-Scent Policy

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It may seem absurd to some that an employee could sue his or her employer about the perfume or other scents a co-worker is wearing, but that is what happened to the City of Detroit. A city employee went to court because she claimed her rights were violated according to the Americans with Disabilities Act, when her health suffered, having been exposed to various personal scents of other workers. She asked the city to implement a no-scent policy or other means to accommodate her chemical sensitivity. When it refused, she sued. The city tried to have the suit dismissed, but when denied, it...

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Research Reveals Extent of Workplace Bullying

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According to research from the Workplace Bullying Institute, a survey of human resource executives revealed that one-third of them had personally witnessed or experienced workplace bullying. The findings also suggest that workplace bullying can make it more difficult to retain employees and cause communication and productivity issues. Workplace Bullying Institute is the only United States organization dedicated to the eradication of workplace bullying through individual support, research, public education, consulting for employers and legislative advocacy. Although bullying can become...

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Your Management Style Is a Key Factor of Your Business Success

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Regardless of the kind of company you own and/or manage, your primary goal is profitability. Your management style, however, will have a major effect on how well you lead your employees to reach your goals and fulfill your mission. There are essentially three types of management styles: autocratic, democratic and liberal. Your personality, the type of business you operate and the employees that help you operate it will usually determine which is best for you. The best place to start is to take a personality test (many are available online for free). It will be difficult to be a democratic or...

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Company Events and Alcohol Just Don’t Mix Well

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The days of alcohol as a common ingredient of company parties is long over. Drunk driving has become a major social issue and, to a great degree, has been successfully addressed. Liability is now a more conscious element in all the decisions and actions taken by individuals, companies, organizations, etc. Some employers have had parties at restaurants or hotels, thinking that that strategy limits liability. That might be false protection because the employer invited employees and guests to the venue and offered them alcohol. According to one expert, the best strategy is to serve no alcohol....

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Executives See Business Casual as Standard Dress Code

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Nearly 80% of business executives prefer to wear either business casual or casual attire to work, according to a recent survey by TheLadders.com. More than 60% of executives say business casual is now their standard office dress code and about 42.2% said more and more companies are moving towards business casual. About 22% said the definition of “business casual” is now stretching to include even more casual attire, such as jeans. Employees who dress more casually risk being taken less seriously than their more professionally dressed counterparts, according to nearly half (48.2%)...

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Gossip Tops the List of Employees’ Workplace Annoyances

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Gossip in the workplace ranked as the number one pet peeve among employees, followed by other person’s poor time management skills and messiness in communal spaces, a recent survey by Randstad USA found. The survey of about 2,400 individuals, 60% list gossip as their greatest pet peeve, 54% say other people’s time management skills and 45% say they are most annoyed with messiness in places that are meant to be communal. The other pet peeves listed by employees were: Potent scents, 42% Loud noises, 41% Overuse of electronic personal communications devices in meetings, 28% and...

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