Nearly 10% of Americans Go to Work High on Weed
From Mashable: “About 9.74% of Americans have gone to work under the influence of marijuana, according to a survey conducted by SurveyMonkey for Mashable. About 534 Americans shared their marijuana and prescription drug taking habits when it comes to the workplace. ”
Ten Unbelievable But True Workplace Incidents
Evil Skippy at Work blog offers “…ten crazy, hard-to-believe things that I have experienced during my tenure in the wonderful worlds of H.R. and employment law. Believe!”
Should Employers Ban Email After Work Hours?
Jim Harter, Gallup Business Journal: ” Mobile technology has created a “new normal” work life for a lot of us: Gallup research reveals that nearly all full-time U.S. workers (96%) have access to a computer, smartphone, or tablet, and 86% use a smartphone or tablet or both. A full two-thirds of Americans report that the amount of work they do outside normal working hours has increased a little to a lot because of mobile technology advances over the last decade.
But is this a net gain or net drain on our well-being? And how should leaders manage this after-hours work?”
FMLA FAQ: Can We Terminate an Employee for Working a Second Job While on FMLA Leave?
Jeff Nowak at FMLA Insights replies to this reader query: “Q: One of our employees has taken FMLA leave for anxiety attacks. Recently, we found out that she is working a similar job for another employer at precisely the same time she should be working for us. Can we deny her the right to return and terminate her employment because of this leave abuse?”
How (and How Not) to Conduct Backdoor Reference Checks
Candidate-supplied references don’t always provide you with an objective perspective. To find out what makes a candidate truly tick, backdoor reference checks can be much more revealing.
Post includes Walk-Through Guides for Conducting Backdoor Reference Checks
Knowing What Matters to You Instead of Living by Default
Steve Spring at Tiny Buddha: “I am sharing my story with you today because I don’t want you to experience what happened to me. I want you to spend your time on the things that matter most to you before it is too late. I want you to decide what is important to you, and create a plan to get there.”
Coaching Your Employees
Video webcast: “Ed Batista, experienced executive coach and co-author of the HBR Guide to Coaching Your Employees, shares insights from this Guide and from his extensive coaching experience. Batista describes how you can improve your coaching skills, create realistic and inspiring plans for people’s growth, customize your approach, and provide employees the support they need to achieve peak performance.”
Update on Same-Sex Employee Benefits
Jenny Kiesewetter, Butler Snow LLP: “In recent months employers around the country, have been scrambling to keep up with developments with respect to the evolving rights of employees in same-sex relationships. This articles touches on some recent guidance in this regard from federal agencies.”
The 10 Commandments of HR
William Tincup, Fistful of Talent: “As an interesting experiment, I decided to create a list of “thou shalts/thou shalls” for HR pros. The list is similar to the “original” 10 Commandments List, of course. That said, my list is completely subjective… ”
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