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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. ...




8 Strategies to Avoid Wasting Your Company's Gen-Z Talent

Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.
 
Over the past several years, society has been fixated on millennials. And for good reason: They’re the largest age demographic that has disrupted nearly every industry they've touched. ...




This is why everyone steals office supplies from work – including you

Have you ever taken office supplies home? Stole some pens and paper from your employer for your kids’ arts and crafts class? Used the office printer to print personal concert tickets?
 
In a recent anonymous survey by Papermate as part of the launch of a new pen, 100 per cent of office workers admitted to have stolen a pen at work. ...