Create a time-off policy to reduce employee conflict
October 17, 2017
Ah, the holidays. The time of year filled with cheer and bustle, the smell of cookies and pine trees—and one of the biggest challenges many HR professionals face: putting together the company PTO calendar. As the calendar shifts toward the holiday season, most employees start thinking about travel...
Preventing disease is as easy as washing your hands
October 12, 2017
Washing your hands is the first line of defense against colds, flus, and other viruses and bacteria. It’s so effective at preventing disease that the Center for Disease Control calls it a do-it-yourself vaccine. October 15 is Global Handwashing Day. To commemorate this auspicious day, here are a...
How to plan a winning office holiday party
October 10, 2017
Sure, holiday parties can be expensive and time-consuming to plan. Maybe, you think, this year it’s just not worth the hassle. But then you remember last year, when you connected with a new colleague and found out you both had French bulldogs! And you also got to finally meet Carla’s new partner....
Your work wardrobe can be both appropriate and attractive—here's how
October 5, 2017
These days, the dress code in most offices is “business casual.” Not having to wear heels, panty hose, or constricting ties can definitely be a workplace perk, but the lack of formality also opens the door to some age-old questions: Just what the heck is business casual, anyway? And how can I dress...
Help others, share meaning, or just have fun this holiday season
October 3, 2017
Ah, the office holiday party—awkwardly socializing with superiors while munching on mini corn dogs; engaging in job-endangering alcohol consumption; and attending to alienated spouses with no one to talk to. Of course, not every workplace holiday party is a bummer. Parties can allow employees to...
Get a handle on kitchen cleanliness—without alienating your staff
September 26, 2017
From elementary schools to law firms to factories, chaos in the lunchroom is a common problem. Food ages in the fridge and transmogrifies into new compounds. Coffee spills slowly dry on the counter into Rorschach images of our dissatisfaction. And no one, but no one, can be bothered to wash their...
Your workplace can help save the world
September 19, 2017
Recycling, eating more plant-based meals, and riding your bike to work are all great ways to reduce your impact on our planet. But what about your place of work? Is your office aware of its carbon footprint, and is it taking steps to reduce it? An environmental initiative in your workplace allows...
A clean office is a healthy office
September 12, 2017
There are lots of ways to make your office healthier—step challenges, healthy break-room snacks, wellness programs. But one approach that may be overlooked is making sure your office is as clean as possible. Yes, when it comes to workplaces, cleanliness is next to healthiness. That’s because there...
Seven employee benefits that are so 2017
August 29, 2017
Picture this: You’ve applied for a job, gone through the interview process, and received an offer. You open your email and the company’s HR person has sent you the available benefits package. There are the usual suspects—health insurance, dental, 401(k). But these days, you might see something more...
Four strategies to strengthen your team and minimize gossip
August 22, 2017
Jamie walks into the break room and overhears two other coworkers talking near the fridge. Suddenly they realize Jamie’s there and immediately stop their conversation. They close the fridge, walk by Jamie without speaking to her, and leave the room. Ever since Jamie’s argument with a coworker,...