HR people are busy folks, so keeping up with news and trends can often get the short end of the stick when competing with very real human issues. We think one of the important functions that this blog can serve is to find and filter some of the best resources that we find out there on the Web. From time to time, we’ll feature a collection of links from other blogs that we like and read, as well as links to news stories that we think are noteworthy.
Mistakes to avoid – Susan Heatherfield of About.com’s Human Resources blog talks about twenty dumb things organizations do to mess up their relationship with people – it’s well worth a read. Here’s a sampling – one that we see all too often:

“Fail to address behavior and actions of people that are inconsistent with stated and published organizational expectations and policies. (Better yet, let non-conformance go on until you are out of patience; then ambush the next offender with a disciplinary action!)”

Need-to-know info re: harassmentWorkforce Management features an article that discusses the Supreme Court’s recent ruling, which expanded the view of what the law considers retaliation against workers who complain about sexual harassment. Managers everywhere, take note. (note: free registration may be required)
Don’t get caught short – Diane Pfadenhauer of Strategic HR Lawyer reminds us how critical it is for businesses to have a disaster preparedness and response plan that deals with employee-related issues. Summarizing an article from one of the largest law firms in Louisiana, she provides some concrete recommendations that employers should take before and after a crisis.
Breast-feeding at work – Do you have a breast-feeding policy in place? Brent Hunsberger of At Work reports on a new Department of Health and Human Services initiative designed to help employers accommodate mothers who are breastfeeding. He notes that returning to work has been cited as one of the top three barriers to new mothers breastfeeding exclusively for six months after their baby is born, the length of time that the Centers for Disease Control recommends.
Baseball’s been very, very good to me – What do HR and baseball have in common? A lot. If you haven’t yet visited author Jeff Angus’s entertaining and informative blog, Management by Baseball, check out his two part series White Sox Lesson Part I:Coaching Your Players, Don Cooper Style, followed by Part 2.
Insurance at a glance – Is insurance part of your managerial purview? If so, you can follow along with important news at Business Insurance Breaking News.

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