Insurance Parity: Make It Work For You

Sure, new regulations are not always great for businesses and even non-profit organizations. But mental health parity can be a long-term plus for organizations that utilize it.

Race and Religion Are Tough; Don’t Make Them Tougher

There's room for our differences in the workplace.

Battle for a “Safe” Workplace Continues to Evolve

Just as no means no, a safe environment means just that.

Stress Should be Recognized and Dealt With—Quickly

Stress is unavoidable, but that doesn't mean it should be tolerated more than necessary, even at work. Good leaders learn to recognize excessive stress and take steps to reduce it.

Workplace Bullies Are Bad, Really

Workplace bullying isn't going away soon so smart owners and managers will be prepared to deal with it. It's both the right thing to do and the smart business move.

Company Parties: Skip the Alcohol or Keep It Under Control

This time of year holiday parties often involve alcohol. That's fine, but if the drinking is part of a business or organization, you'll want to limit consumption to limit liability

Small Oversights Can Cause Big Management Problems

Small business owners and managers are especially prone to being overwhelmed by details. And yes, the devil really is in the details on many occasions. But not scheduling time for some strategic thinking can be an even bigger mistake.

Predatory Behavior—Formal or Not, You Must Watch for It

Business leaders, managers and owners don't need a degree in psychology, but it might help.

Individual Rights Likely to Continue as Workplace Trend

My advice to employers and managers is generally to first consider the issue of workplace fairness and try to avoid inserting their own personal beliefs. It's not easy either way, but mixing emotions with work can cause big problems for owners and managers.

Are You Building a Community, or an Organization?

Developing a sense of community in any organization is usually a plus, but keep in mind that a true community is a very difficult achievement. Most businesses and even non-profits ultimately must prioritize their organizational goals, otherwise they are likely to become a thing of the past.

Ethics for Supervisors: All for One or Else!

More than front-line workers, supervisors who are working against organization goals are really guilty of an ethical breach. Allowing it to continue is a cost you probably can't afford.

Ethics and Trust: Thresholds You Should Not Cross

Don't think that an employee's ethical lapse outside of work isn't relevant, or that questioning such behavior is old fashioned or out of place in today's business world.

Reduce Unnecessary Stress with a Little Talking, Listening

Helping your staff handle stress may be one of the most important things employers and managers do. There's a lot to consider, but the payoffs and penalties are significant.

Employee Conflict: Fighters vs. Flighters

Categorizing your workforce with this simple "psychology" may not be scientifically accurate, but it can help keep you sane.

Background Checks: Better Safe Than Sorry

Background checks are not always popular, but they can provide employers with critical insight as they make hiring decisions.

Keep Your Office Humming by Keeping Employees Engaged

It's hard to find time for things at work that don't demand instant attention. Nurturing your workforce is one of the most difficult, but it can pay dividends if you do it right, and kill your organization is you don't.

Absences at Work: More May Be at Stake Than You Think

Dealing with employees who are frequently “missing in action” can be a major challenge. Looking at it carefully can pay off for both you, your organization and your workers.

Racism and Allegations: Never Easy at Work

Racism and bigotry are alive and well, and their impact at work has hardly lessoned. Handling employee/employee issues requires all the skill you have.

Your Job Is Like a Stradivarius—Play It Well!

The economy is good and many may slide into taking their job for granted. That rarely is a good idea.

Don’t Take Anything for Granted!

Both employers and employees can easily fall into a habit of taking each other for granted. It's almost always a mistake. Good jobs and good workers are never easy to replace. Both parties need a plan to avoid this pitfall, starting with an effort to realistically value what they have.

Critical Mass Is Not Just for Physics Anymore

As an employer, you have the power to create a critical mass event in your organization and tailor it to fit your specific needs. The trick is to get as many people affected by the issue involved as possible.

Avoid Disasters in Sticky Terminations

Terminating an employee is an emotional experience for everyone. Owners and managers can keep it from becoming a disaster by following a few proven strategies.

Anxiety and Stress Matter at Work, Too

A little workplace stress can be a good thing. But like anything else, too much of a good thing can be a disaster.

Leadership Means Accountability Too

Call it psychology or human weakness, it's always easy to measure yourself or those close to you by different rules than everyone else. In management, it's a mistake that will cause problems.

Family and Business: Not Always the Best Mix

Nepotism is a word that gets bandied about a lot. But simply hiring a relative isn't necessarily wrong. Many small businesses or organizations thrive with this model. The key is how you operate. The word to watch isn't necessarily "nepotism," it's "favoritism."

Culture, Psychology and More Complicated Harassment Issues

No does mean no, but cultures, psychology, situation and assumptions can complicate issues such as sexual harassment.

Inexpensive Organizational Fix: Two-Way Communications

Amid all of the quick-fix promises you hear from management gurus, here's one that may only cost a little time and thought: Talk to your employees.

Employers Making Accommodations

Some requirements to accommodate the special needs of employees may sound extreme. Look at them in terms of fairness that everyone should expect and you'll help your organization in several ways.

Transgender Employees: What Are Their Rights?

Transgender employees are a topic many employers avoid. But the issue can involve fundamental workplace questions that ultimately impact everyone.

Fairness In The Employment Setting Can Be Everything

Treating all employees fairly may be increasingly challenging. For some, the idea of transgender workforce equality may be a good example. It's also a good opportunity to test how fair you really are.