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Making a Difference: Creating a Successful Workplace Diversity Program

Posted by HRdownloads on Mar 7, 2019 2:30:00 PM

The world is diverse, and our workplaces should be, too. A diverse workforce can help your organization develop fresh approaches and solutions to problems, and can open up new and untapped customer bases. Achieving diversity is about making a sincere commitment to recognizing that people of different backgrounds and experiences bring value because of those differences, not in spite of them.

Many organizations recognize the value of hiring from historically marginalized groups and already have diversity programs in place to broaden their talent pipelines. Yet many of these same companies may find their diversity programs are not working out the way they had hoped. Maybe it’s because the employees don’t seem to be staying as long with the company, or don’t seem to be advancing. This may be especially frustrating for organizations that have actively tried to recruit from a diverse background. When these organizations step back, they may realize that although they have a strong diversity program, particularly when it comes to recruitment, they have missed the mark on inclusion.

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Topics: Organizational Culture, Workplace Inclusion

Happy Holi-daze: Cannabis at Your Holiday Parties

Posted by HRdownloads on Nov 29, 2018 2:30:00 PM

With the recent legalization of cannabis, questions may begin to arise around your office this holiday season. You are likely aware of the benefits and drawbacks of planning and hosting a company event. Many employers and HR professionals are also aware of the liability issues and dangers of serving alcohol to employees. As a responsible and forward-thinking company, you may already have policies in place regarding company events. However, employers will need to evaluate whether and how cannabis will be incorporated into their company event policies.

For the first time, recreational cannabis is legal for this year’s holiday festivities, company events, and parties. The challenge for employers will be to identify the unique ways that cannabis may factor into these company events. The legislation is still new, but this article helps guide HR professionals in the right direction toward handling legalized cannabis at company events.

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Topics: Organizational Culture, Recreational Marijuana

Pack Mentality - Countering Clique Culture

Posted by HRdownloads on Mar 16, 2017 10:15:00 AM

Think back to your high school days. Remember how the athletes would only socialize with other athletes, the drama kids would hang out with other theatrical types, and the academics would fraternize among themselves? Unfortunately, the legacy of cliques often endures in the workplace in the form of insular groups of colleagues who socialize only among themselves inside and outside of the office. In fact, a survey on the topic by CareerBuilder found that nearly half of all workers reported that cliques populated their workplace.

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Topics: Organizational Culture, HR Management

ALL ABOARD! Getting Everyone on the Training Bandwagon

Posted by HRdownloads on Feb 16, 2017 2:43:40 PM

In today’s ever-changing business environment, a properly planned investment in training can be well worth the time, effort, and resources. Organizational training is an effective way to ensure employees and managers are continually prepared to meet demands.

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Topics: Organizational Culture, HR Management

Blue Jeans or Blazers? How to Create a Dress Code in a Multigenerational Setting

Posted by HRdownloads on Sep 30, 2016 10:26:00 AM

In today's working world, we see more employees from multiple generations working together than ever before. This means different interests, goals, priorities, and ideals combining to achieve the same work mission. This generational mix may affect workplace dress codes. Finding a way to implement a dress code that makes everyone happy and at the same time meet the objectives of the company can prove difficult for HR managers and employers.

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Topics: Organizational Culture, HR Management, Dress Code

Organizational Culture: What It Is and Why It Matters

Posted by HRdownloads on Sep 16, 2016 2:08:13 PM

People outside your company often ask employees what it’s like to work there. In effect, they are asking you what your corporate culture is. Is your answer positive? Have you really thought about answering this in more than cursory detail? More importantly, what kind of value can the right corporate culture bring your company?

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Organizational Culture, HR Management

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