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The Importance of Emotional Agility in the Workplace

There seems to be a prevailing wisdom that negative emotions should not be expressed in the workplace. This holds especially true for leaders, who are expected to project some combination of confidence, positivity, or enthusiasm at all times. If these attitudes don’t come easily or naturally, the leader should at least present a stoic demeanor that precludes any negative feelings; doubt, criticism, fear, and anger have no place at the office. ...




Using Decision Theory to Make Your Workplace Efficient

These Are Decisions You Make Daily and You Can Learn to Consider Consequences


You’re familiar with Decision Theory (or Game Theory) whether you know it or not. You may have seen the movie A Beautiful Mind, about John Nash, who was a pioneer in this field. ...




Vacation Time for Exempt Employees

I received the following email from a reader:


All of our employees (exempt & non-exempt) receive vacation time. We have an issue with how some of our exempt employees report their vacation hours. If they answer (literally) an email or a phone call while on vacation, they consider that day a "working day" and do not use their vacation time. ...




Leadership or Culture: Which Comes First

There’s a common saying out there that “culture eats strategy” for breakfast (or lunch). The idea being that company culture drives the way strategies are created. Totally makes sense.
 
What I struggle with is where leadership fits into this conversation. ...




How long should you stay home when you are sick?

In today’s fast-paced world, we are reluctant to take time off to heal properly. Here's why we shouldn't be overeager to get back to work.
 
 
You know the scenario: You’ve been booked off with flu, and after a day or two your symptoms start easing up. ...




5 health benefits of working flexi-hours

Companies that allow flexible working hours are offering their employees more than just the opportunity to miss rush-hour traffic.
 
Flexitime is the latest buzz word in the workplace. The City of Cape Town is calling for companies to introduce flexible working hours to help reduce congestion on the roads. ...




4 Ways Millennials and Baby Boomers Make the Dream Team

Baby boomers are entering their encore careers at the same time millennials are breaking into theirs, and both generations are looking for work that is meaningful. Millennials are now the largest generation in the Canadian workforce. And Statistics Canada reports that the number of seniors staying in the workforce was 25. ...




The challenges of harnessing hyperconnectivity in the workplace

As technology develops, it is bringing many challenges to the workplace – most importantly, how it will improve the way that we work and also impact our wellbeing.
“Something like three quarters of UK employees are now favouring jobs which give them the option to work a flexible work schedule, picking and choosing the hours that work best for them. ...




How to Fire an Employee Safely

CHICAGO—When HR professionals prepare to terminate an employee's employment, they frequently consult with legal counsel. But they often neglect to get the advice of security experts to help conduct a workplace violence threat assessment.
 
That's a big mistake—with potentially devastating consequences, a security expert told HR professionals attending a preconference workshop at the SHRM 2018 Annual Conference & Exposition. ...




The $600 payroll mistake that cost this company almost $45K

Here’s a cautionary tale about the importance of double-checking for minor mistakes in your company’s overtime calculations.
 
It’s a lesson one Texas company just learned the hard way.
 
In the lawsuit, Castro v. Precision Demolition, a company failed to pay an employee overtime for a mere $608. ...