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Critical Questions to Ask About Benefit Enrollment

docIt’s that time of year again! If your employer distributed updates about your benefits plan for the upcoming calendar year, you’re not alone. And if you haven’t gotten anything yet, chances are you will.

Although it may not necessarily be the most exciting topic to talk about, it’s definitely an important one. NPR outlined several questions to explore while determining whether or not to stay on your current plan. Read more

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Should You Reveal Your Pregnancy During a Job Interview? Experts Weigh In

baby bumpIf you’re sporting a baby bump, congratulations!

And if you’re interviewing for a job while you’re pregnant, you may be wondering if you should disclose your pregnancy to potential employers.

According to employment attorney Donna Ballman on AOL Jobs, you shouldn’t disclose it while you’re searching for a new role. Read more

NPR Issues Social Media Reminder to Employees on Election Day

flagWe first read about this NPR reminder on JimRomenesko.com and it’s worth repeating not only for Election Day but for any other day as well.

While many HR policies now include a social media one, it’s a powerful reminder that whatever you tweet or post will look like it’s essentially coming from your news outlet.

The guideline emphasizes: “The first rule of the day is simple. Just as “there’s no cheering in the press box,” it’s not appropriate to cheer (or boo) about election results on social media.” Read more

Making the Case for Revising Your Job Description & Asking For More Money

moneyLet’s get pumped to ask for more money that’s rightly deserved!

Here’s the deal. If you’re constantly going above and beyond your job, doing it diligently, doing it exceptionally well and continually getting shafted in the pay department, it’s time to do something about it. One option is to always look externally but if you like the company and see growth potential, Plan A consists of methodically creating your own promotion. (And if leadership isn’t keen on it, well then you pretty much know they don’t recognize your service and it’s time to work for someone who does.)

For starters, pull out that job description from when you were initially hired. Create a new one of your daily responsibilities and projects. How do they contrast? Highlight the differences. Read more

Tobacco Company Officially Bans Smoking In Its Office

nonsmokingGot a light? If you’re looking for one at the offices of Camel, you’ll need to go outside.

According to The Associated Press, their cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc. is extinguishing their smoking policy in its offices and buildings.

Yesterday they informed employees a new policy will be implemented in 2015 to ban the use of traditional cigarettes, cigars or pipes at employee desks, offices, conference rooms, hallways and elevators. Currently smoking is prohibited in cafeterias, fitness centers and on factory floors. Read more

Employers Crack Down on Waistlines, Not Deadlines

waistlineYes, you read that right. As part of wellness at work programs, CNN reports employers are prodding their workers to lose extra baggage and get more active.

Wellness programs are apparently evolving. Sure, at one point perhaps programs included fundraising teams for walkathons but now they’re offering biometric screenings to measure cholesterol, glucose levels and blood pressure.

The latest trend, per the piece? Offering rewards for employers who take action and you guessed it — penalties for employees who don’t. Read more

Three Glimpses At the Future of Work

FI One mand BandIn a galaxy not too far away, there’s a work-oriented future that looks more automated in terms of processes and procedures.

The Wall Street Journal reported on a glimpse of the future of HR from a conference held last week in Las Vegas. As more than 8,000 human resources executives and IT professionals convened, they heard about highlights of the future of work.

1. Surveys, surveys, surveys. Consulting firms are emerging selling various tools to help HR get more clued into morale and engagement. This means online surveys will ask employees how they feel about their boss, who they rely on for advice and if they were happy to come into the office on any given day.

Sounds like survey vendors are taking things up a notch by selling data to help employers not only interpret the information but act on it as well. Read more

Employee Gets Fired After Complaining to Comcast

CommunityJournalismBLogFIA Comcast customer recently complained about services. Complaints were escalated, next thing you know the company called his employer to discuss the complaint. Pink slip was issued.

What?!

Conal O’Rourke was overcharged by Comcast for 11 months so he ended up contacting the company’s controller’s office to complain about their billing practices. Here’s where it gets sticky, apparently. Read more

Five Ways to Deal With a Bully at Work

boxing glovesThere are many things we would love to eradicate from this world forever. Bullying is one of them, especially at work where it’s difficult to escape.

According to a new CareerBuilder survey, 28 percent of workers reported they felt bullied at work. In fact, one out of five actually left their jobs due to being bullied! The prevalence is unfortunately among certain minorities and employees with lower incomes, it turns out that employees in management as well as possessing post-secondary degrees were definitely not immune to bullying. Read more

Communications Executive Resigns After Background Check Uncovers Red Flag

truthHere’s the deal: It always pays to tell the truth. Always.

Such was the case this week when David Tovar, Wal-Mart’s vice president of communications, admitted a snafu discovered during his background check was indeed correct.

“I was 100 percent transparent,” says Tovar after a third-party company red flagged his education based on a degree he never completed.

Even though he worked for the retail giant for eight years, prior to being promoted to senior vice president, he went under an assessment as part of protocol. Read more

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