Catch up on the latest HR news from our curated roundup – everything from work investigations and bereavement leave to legal issues and a touch of humor.

9 traits of a bang-up workplace investigation
After the investigation: Now what?
Robin Shea, Employment & Labor Insider 

When harassment is reported, you need to conduct an investigation. Employment law attorney Robin Shea offers nine best practices that employers can do to ensure that investigations will be as fair, thorough and unbiased as possible. In a followup post, Robin talks about the steps employers should follow in deciding what action to take when the investigation is over.

When a worker is grieving: How to handle everything from condolences to time off
Dana Wilkie, SHRM

When someone loses a loved one, it’s not only friends and neighbors who may not know what to do or say—it can also be that person’s employer and colleagues.
From whether to send a sympathy card or flowers to whether to offer bereavement leave or ask an employee when she’ll be back at work, it can be difficult for managers to know how best to support someone who’s grieving.
One common reason people grieve is because they’ve lost a close relative or friend. But people also grieve over divorces, catastrophic illnesses or accidents, and even the passing of a beloved pet.

The pros and cons of a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Policy
Suzanne Lukas, The Balance

Is a BYOD policy right for your company? A BYOD policy may work well for your company. But, don’t make the decision based purely on the convenience and cost factors. Think about how a BYOD policy will have an impact on your business and think about what your employees want.

Re-thinking the so-called millennial problem
Joyce Maroney, Workforce Institute

We’ve all heard the negatives thrown around about Millennials: they’re lazy, entitled, and nothing like the generations who came before them. The struggle to hire and retain this well-educated, passionate, and demanding generation has left many employers frustrated and confused. But the real problem might be that employers have failed to understand who Millennials really are, what they want, and how they fit into the fabric of the ever-changing economy.
Rather than relying on lazy and often erroneous stereotypes, it’s helpful to think in terms of 3 key forces that are driving Millennial behavior.

Accommodating anxiety
Christina Nevins, HRE Online

As employers seek new ways to connect workers with the mental-health help they need, experts discuss possible workplace issues and some accommodations associated with depression and anxiety.

Why employees quit—and what you can do about it
Maureen Hogan,

Sometimes the signs are obvious: He was never on time, she was disengaged and unhappy, he didn’t get along well with co-workers, or she just couldn’t do the job. But sometimes the clues are less noticeable: She never spoke up in meetings, he asked for a raise he didn’t get, or she wanted something more than the job could give. In fact, 33 percent of employees say they knew whether they would stay with their organization for the long term after their first week.
But it doesn’t have to be a guessing game for co-workers or managers if you look at the most common reasons employees leave:

Nursing professionals want engagement and work life balance
Sharlyn Lauby, HR Bartender

“Earlier this month was National Nurses Week, which we’ve written about before. Kronos recently conducted a survey of nursing professionals titled “Employee Engagement in Nursing” to find out how they handle the on-the-job stress. The results are interesting and noteworthy.”

More noteworthy HR news

Lighter side

Want to be the hit of your next office potluck lunch? Here are a few novel ideas:

Horses like toys too – this clip of a horse and his rubber ducky should provoke a smile (sound alert!)

Quick, Draw! – Play the game by drawing an object and having Goodgle guess what it is. This is Google’s project to help developers train neural networks. Over 15 million people have contributed drawings – you can too. Or you can see how millions of people draw the same object.

Google’s breakdown of what Americans don’t know how to spell, state by state


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