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Storm Preparedness Tips for Business Owners and Employees

Posted by Christine Batten, PHR on May 31, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Hurricane season is upon us, and Floridians have already encountered the first named storm of the season. NOAA’s National Hurricane Center predicts 10 to 16 named storms, of which five to nine may become hurricanes—including one to four major hurricanes. An average hurricane season sees about six hurricanes, with three becoming major. Business owners have much to consider when it comes to storm preparedness: protecting the company and it’s employees.

Click here to view FEMA’s Hurricane Ready Business Toolkit.

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Topics: Human Resources

The Importance of a Comprehensive Employee Onboarding Process

Posted by Christine Batten, PHR on Apr 17, 2018 9:00:00 AM

When it comes to the onboarding process, some employers think onboarding means the same thing as orientation, but it’s really much more than that. The onboarding process is an opportunity to make an impression on a new hire and is often the moment that a new employee decides whether he or she is going to remain engaged with, or even keep working for the company.

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Topics: Human Resources

How Workplace Culture Plays a Role in Sexual Harassment

Posted by Christine Batten, PHR on Apr 3, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Workplace culture is the environment that surrounds everyone at work—a system made up of shared beliefs, values and processes. Although it’s not something you can see or touch, workplace culture has a strong influence on people, relationships and expectations. A workplace culture encompasses the life experiences and behaviors of each employee, therefore, workplace culture can certainly play a role in preventing or encouraging sexual harassment in the workplace.

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Topics: Human Resources

Signs of Workplace Bullying and What to Do About It

Posted by Christine Batten, PHR on Mar 20, 2018 11:30:00 AM

Workplace bullying may be more common than you think, so it’s important both employers and employees recognize the signs and know what to do about them. Unlike bullies on the playground or in school, bullying at work is less physical and more psychological.

According to the Workplace Bullying Institute, “workplace bullying is repeated, health-harming mistreatment of one or more persons (the targets) by one or more perpetrators. It is abusive conduct that is: threatening, humiliating, or intimidating, or work-interference, i.e. sabotage, which prevents work from getting done.” 

Bullying can occur amongst employees (more common) and between employees and their supervisors. Signs of workplace bullying include:

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Topics: Human Resources

How an EEOC Complaint Can Hurt Your Business

Posted by Christine Batten, PHR on Mar 13, 2018 3:00:00 PM

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for investigating complaints of discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age and disability. An EEOC complaint usually comes on the organization’s radar when an employee feels illegally discriminated against and files what's called a Charge of Discrimination.

How to File an EEOC Complaint

When investigating allegations of harassment, the EEOC looks at the whole record, the circumstances, such as the nature and severity of the allegations, and the context in which the alleged incidents occurred. Investigators make a determination of whether harassment is severe or pervasive enough to be unlawful on a case-by-case basis.

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Topics: Human Resources

2018 Sexual Harassment Training for Supervisors

Posted by Christine Batten, PHR on Mar 6, 2018 9:00:00 AM

When it comes to sexual harassment training, you want to spend a little extra time with supervisors and any other individuals who manage other employees. In fact, some states require this training every few years. It should provide deeper insight into employer liability, investigation best practices and retaliation in a way the training for general employees does not.

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Topics: Human Resources

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