HR Weaknesses10 HR mistakes your employee’s lawyer will try to exploitBusiness Management Daily offers 10 common HR weaknesses that you must be prepared to defend if you are ever hauled into court.
Facebook Follies – Posting party pictures on Facebook may negatively influence benefits awarded under workers comp. The Arkansas Court of Appeals recently denied a workers’ comp claim for a back injury after seeing the employee’s Facebook photos, saying that the photos “could have a bearing on the claimant’s credibility.”
BullyingDealing with Workplace Bullying & Creating a Positive Workplace Culture – “The National Bullying Helpline states “80% of managers know that bullying occurs in their workplace, and despite this, 37% say they have had no proper training”. The Andrea Adams Consultancy developed a fact-sheet on Bullying Statistics, which states “43.5% of employers do not even have a policy to deal with workplace bulling, and 82.2% say that weakness in management is the prime reason for bullying.
Motivation killerAnnouncing Plans May Kill Motivation, Productivity – “Are you inadvertently undermining your productivity by talking about your plans? Research says yes, sometimes — that when you talk about intentions you could be taking the fizz out your motivation to move forward. Why? Because voicing plans runs the risk of creating a “premature sense of completeness.”
Racial stereotypingRacial stereotyping and perceptions of competence – “A recent study published in the Academic of Management Journal found that media coverage rarely gave African American quarterbacks credit for leadership. When their teams do well, it is because of their natural athletic talent; when they do poorly, it is lack of leadership — blame not equally placed on White quarterbacks when their teams do poorly.”
Google’s new privacyNew Google Privacy Policies – If you use Google tools in your business, you may wonder about the impact of the new policies. In ChicagoBusiness, Mark Goodman offers a rundown of what Google’s privacy policy changes mean to your small biz. Also, be sure to check out the Google Privacy Tools.
Depression & work hoursWorking long hours doubles depression risk – a new study by Researchers at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health and at University College in London documents a link between long work days and depression. “Workers who put in an average of at least 11 hours per day at the office had approximately two and a half times higher odds of developing depression than their colleagues who worked seven or eight hours.”
Generational communicationsThe Days of “Manager Knows Best” Are Ending – At Harvard Business Review, Sujai Hajela offers a a glimpse of what tomorrow’s young global managers might be like as leaders and how today’s young people think about communications. “Two out of five people said they’d accept a lower-paying job if the position offered greater flexibility on access to social media, the ability to work from where they chose, and choice on the mobile devices they could use on the job.”
Final WishesTop 5 Regrets of the Dying – A nurse has recorded the most common regrets of the dying, and among the top ones is ‘I wish I hadn’t worked so hard’. What would your biggest regret be if this was your last day of life?


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