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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

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Can Your Employer Force You to Take Lunch Breaks? Depends on the State…

Brown_Bag_LunchWe know the deal. You’re working hard, we get it. You’re grabbing a sandwich and eating in front of your laptop during a conference call at 3 p.m. and calling it lunch.

Been there, done that, completely get it.

But what happens when your employer puts a foot down to require you physically take a break? It sounds like a refreshing anomaly, doesn’t it?

It is indeed happening and according to a piece on AOL Jobs about lunch breaks, your supervisor can require you to take your lunch break. That said, it depends on where you reside in terms of whether it’s legal to force you to take that break at the end of the day. Read more

How to Handle Office Theft

noWhether someone intentionally swiped your Ginger Ale in the communal refrigerator or lifted a ten dollar bill from your desk, let’s face it — office theft is theft and it certainly feels violating. Major thumbs down.

You start detesting the feeling of having to lock valuables up and then you start wondering about the identity of the culprit. The intern a few cubicles down? Mailroom guy? Even — gasp — your boss?

Instead of pointing fingers, try not to let it interfere with your day. What you can do instead of accusing anyone, especially if you’re a boss, is to address it at a staff meeting. Read more

Calling All Managers: Conduct ‘Stay Interviews’ to Reduce Turnover

bossesSure, we all know about exit interviews. You know, the meeting between human resources and the employee who is about to leave the job.

As per a piece on recruiting forum ERE.net, there’s a new concept for managers to consider: The “stay interview.”

Instead of waiting for an employee to leave to find out the reasons why they were unhappy (that is, if they’ll even reveal them), why not try to prevent turnover altogether and have a conversation while they’re still an active employee? Read more

What the #%*>? How to Handle Cursing at the Office

swear jarAh, we’ve seen this situation one too many times.

You work in a small office and there’s certainly no one from human resources to be found.

An F-bomb here, another swear there. If you’re constantly hearing profanity at the office and yearning to rinse your colleagues’ mouths out with soap, listen up. Your options are slim but you do have a few of them. Read more

How to Handle E-Cigarette Policies in the Office

ecigaretteThis 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

Four Secrets About Human Resources Departments

Ever wonder what really goes on inside the hallowed halls of human resources? According to a piece by Alison Green on U.S. News & World Report, there are a few things employees and job seekers alike should keep in mind.

1. HR isn’t there to be your advocate. Their goal? Serve the business needs. The former chief of staff at a nonprofit writes, “Now, in some cases, that means advocate for employees against bad managers, because it’s in the best interests of employers to retain great employees, identify and address bad management and stop legal problems before they explode. But plenty of other times, what’s best for the employer will not be what’s best for the employee, and the best interests of the employer will always win out. That’s not cynicism; that’s simply what HR’s mission is.”

2. HR isn’t obligated to keep what you tell them confidential, even if you request their discretion. If you think what you’re disclosing is confidential such as mentioning your boss is harassing your team, that confidential information needs to be shared in order to address an issue. Actually, if human resources representatives had relevant information and ignored it, they would be negligent. Can you still talk to HR in confidence? Yes but keep in mind they may need to report certain findings and escalate it depending on the nature of the conversation. Read more

New Lifetime Drama, ‘HR’, Will Reveal Inner Workings of Human Resources

Ah, human capital management (the fancy term for HR folks at some companies). Human resources. Hiring and firing, performance management and salary reviews. It’s what dramas are made of! (And no, we’re not kidding.)

Hollywood certainly agrees. According to Deadline, Alicia Silverstone’s been cast as the lead in a pilot for an upcoming human resources drama on Lifetime. She’ll star as a tightly wound HR director at a global company who previously drank the corporate Kool-Aid. That is, that’s before she experienced a head injury.

Well, she’ll throw it all out the window after the injury and aim to inspire the business to reach higher and altered goals.

So the question is, will you tune in?

HR Pro Sharon Jautz on The New Rules of Interviewing for a Job

JENNIFER PULLINGER

sj_mjd.jpg Sharon Jautz, director of human resources at Asset International, has more than a quarter century of HR experience in the media industry, but those media jobs have changed since she first started out — and so has the job interview game. Ahead of her talk on career management at Mediabistro Career Circus August 4, she tells writer Jennifer Pullinger what the new rules are for interviewing for a media job in today’s hiring environment.

“Market yourself in terms of your accomplishments rather than making your resume look like you’re a newspaper guy or a video guy. You need to market yourself in this economy as a media guy. [For example,] ‘I know Final Cut Pro. I know this content management system. I know breaking news. I know how to write feature stories, I know how to edit. I’ve managed freelancers…’ I’m looking for skill sets as opposed to background and experience.”

Sharon Jautz shares tips on managing your media career in her upcoming panel discussion at Mediabistro Career Circus on August 4 in New York.

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