Not sure what’s appropriate and gift for the office tomorrow? Does excessive gift giving result in unwelcome romantic gestures? Here’s a hint — avoid exchanges with co-workers altogether.
This piece in The New York Post caught our eye. An employee is concerned e-cigarettes have been banned in the office per the company’s non-smoking policy.
The argument is that e-cigarettes don’t emit smoke – “they emit vapor.” Um, not so fast.
Per the piece, Greg Giangrande, HR executive in the media industry, points out the popularity of e-cigarettes is pushing the envelope regarding smoking in public places. And yes, policies were meant to be followed. Read more
This just in…Enable America has launched their official online jobs board for people with disabilities. As companies continue to assemble diverse teams, they can provide their mission statement online and their latest career opportunities for candidates to review.
If you’re an older worker and your company has a reverse mentoring program for younger employees to train you on technology, no worries there.
There’s no need to be concerned if you’ll look like a dinosaur. After all, the program was implemented for a reason. Per the New York Post though just be sure you don’t refer to social media as “the Twitter.” Read more
We know the feeling all too well when you’re completely ready to quit your job but perhaps you’ve been delaying the end date due to that otherwise awkward conversation with your boss.
Well, mobile recruiting company TheLadders has teamed up with the creators of Breakup Text to help remedy this situation with the Quit Your Job App.
Really? Oh yes.
Per the notification we received, all you need to do is tell the app why you’re leaving and what your plans are and the messaging system will be able to send that text to your boss. Here’s an example… Read more
If you feel like a little kid when it’s a snow day, raise your hand!
Sure, you can probably work from home, avoid a treacherous commute and enjoy the comfort of your couch. Can you deflect agita though from a boss who may think you and the team are taking advantage?
When it comes to managing snow days, it becomes a completely different story. Imagine leading a team who wants to bail every time meteorologists predict snow. According to today’s New York Post, there are ways to handle the situation so it doesn’t get out of hand.
The key is first ensuring your safety is not at risk and also making sure your kids will be adequately supervised if their schools are closed. Read more
Yes, you read that right. In South Korea, per The Wall Street Journal, it’s apparently not uncommon for employers to ask job applicants personal information like their height, weight, blood type and the education level of their parents.
That’s what we said! Get this — Nexen Corporation, a rubber product maker, asks candidates to divulge where they’re originally from, weight, height, eyesight, blood type, religion and civil state. That’s a far cry from the many questions here which are off-limits. Rule of thumb on this side of the pond: If it’s not relevant to the job, it’s not relevant information to share! But alas, that’s our mindset, not theirs. Read more
Next Wednesday, apparently recreational marijuana use will become legal in Colorado but if you work there, think twice before lighting up at the office.
We read in the Wall Street Journal that employers can still create their own drug rules. Better yet, they can enforce them, too per state law that was approved last year. Some companies may say employees aren’t allowed to smoke on their property whereas others may not be able to smoke during down time, mainly due to employer-related drug tests. Read more
When we read about one start-up posting their employees’ salaries online, we did a double take.
According to Quartz, the social media startup Buffer posted salaries of everyone. And we do mean everyone, including its CEO! Per a blog post last week, CEO Joel Gascoigne wrote, “We hope this might help other companies think about how to decide salaries, and will open us up to feedback from the community.”
In the HR world, this topic comes up more often than you’d think. Boomerangs. That is, former employees who resign to pursue new endeavors only to find out the grass isn’t necessarily greener on the other side. In turn, they come back to a former employer.
According to a piece in The New York Post, it’s always key to leave a former employer on good terms.
And, keep it mind this depends on the situation. Some employers may walk employees out the door when they resign and if so, you’d probably be wise to stay away from returning to a company that exhibits such a practice. Read more