A pair of select board member candidates in Bolton, Conn., used a coin toss this week to determine the winner in their election race. The toss gave Republican Michael Eremita the win over Democrat Kim Miller and saved the town about $2,500 it would have spent on a special election.
Some employers are now providing "climate leave" for employees affected by extreme weather events and natural disasters such as hurricanes and wildfires. Elite employees, however, are the ones most likely to benefit, although employers are updating leave policies to cover a greater variety of circumstances, said Julie Norville of Aon Hewitt.
Laws on medical-marijuana use are influencing court decisions on workplace drug policies. A panel of lawyers has outlined four points employers should know, including that more courts are ruling in favor of medical-marijuana users who sue employers after being fired for failing a drug test.
Help lower stress around the holidays "by offering specific praise for performance, sharing others' praise with employees, and hosting celebrations," writes Mark Malis, head of global HR at LifeWorks. Financial wellness programs can also be helpful during this time.
Schedule time for procrastination instead of trying to stay on task for the entire workday, Anisa Purbasari Horton suggests. Several short breaks throughout the day are more effective than a single, large chunk of time spent procrastinating, she writes.
Although informational interviews aren't the same as job interviews, you should still send a thank-you email after a manager makes time to talk with you, writes Alyse Kalish. The email should include an expression of gratitude, a brief summary of your skills and an expression of interest in a position should one become available.
Your focus should be on developing authentic relationships instead of networking for its own sake, Voray CEO David Olk says. Try to meet a diverse range of people rather than sticking with colleagues you already know, Inspire Human Resources founder Jaime Klein says.
A man surfing off the coast of Australia escaped a shark attack on Monday by punching the shark in the nose, a tactic he learned about in a YouTube video. He then paddled to shore with minor wounds to his shoulder and arm.
HR shouldn't deny its own importance, says Rowan O'Grady, president of Hays Canada. "HR leaders frequently undervalue their own position and they end up in a place where their role appears to be sorting out ad hoc problems as opposed to being instrumental to achieving the goals of the company," he says.