How to Manage Leaves of Absence Like a Boss

April 25, 2017 By Jaime Klein

Leaves of absence are a fact of life. As more data comes out supporting the benefits of extended leaves, not just for the employee, but for the company as well, it’s not surprising that more organizations are embracing flexible leave policies. One recent study by the Harvard Business Review indicated that employees who take regular breaks tend to have 30 percent greater focus than their colleagues who don’t take enough time off. Furthermore, employees who feel…

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How to talk Politics in the Office

January 11, 2017 By Jaime Klein

Do you remember when talking politics in the office was a known taboo?  I think it is safe to say that the rules governing the discussion of politics at work have changed dramatically as our nation has experienced one of the most divisive presidential elections in modern history.  It is almost as though people cannot help themselves from vocalizing their political views.  Meryl Streep’s speech at the Golden Globes on January 8th showed us the ripple effect one…

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Understanding Millennials: A New Generation of Employees

December 7, 2016 By Jaime Klein

The mosaic of the American workforce has changed dramatically over the years, particularly with the rise of the millennial generation.  Millennials (born 1981 to 2000) now make up more than half of the workforce in the United States, second only to baby boomers.  They differ quite significantly from the generations that preceded them in how they think about and approach work, which has motivated more and more organizations to re-evaluate their policies, work style and culture.  We want…

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Transgender in the Workplace: How To Create An Inclusive Environment

October 7, 2016 By Jaime Klein

The life of a transgender person is filled with challenges and discrimination, especially when it comes to the workplace.  While more and more lesbian, gay, and bisexual workers have made their presence known at work, transgender employees have historically tended to lag behind in terms of visibility.  They have been so far under the radar that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) only began tracking workplace complaints by transgender employees in January 2013.  According to…

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How To Set Realistic Expectations With Employees

June 30, 2016 By Jaime Klein

Now that we have reached the mid-year point, it is a good time to take stock of the annual goals you set with your employees in the first quarter. By this point in the business cycle, goals need to be refreshed and tweaked to keep pace with the many changes that have taken place in the marketplace. Business priorities are constantly in flux, and employee goals must mirror these shifts. Keep in mind that a lot has changed…

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Tackling Feedback Head-On

May 2, 2016 By Jaime Klein

Most managers want to avoid challenging conversations with employees almost as much as they want to avoid getting a cavity filled at the dentist. Why this reluctance? Many leaders are concerned that their feedback will negatively impact employee self esteem or cause unwanted stress, frustration and even anger. If not handled well, tough conversations can quickly become awkward, be perceived as a personal assault or become wrought with tension. What managers often lose sight of is the value and productivity that these…

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Why Now is the Time to Have Career Development Discussion

March 22, 2016 By Jaime Klein

This is the time of year when discussions about career development are front and center across companies of all sizes. Why now?  By the end of the first quarter, the glow from that highly coveted promotion or compensation increase has worn off, and employees are turning their attention back to their career trajectory.  Research has shown that it’s job satisfaction that ultimately retains happy and productive employees, not just compensation, and career development is a…

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