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2/22/2018

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that American plaintiffs cannot take Persian artifacts, on loan from Iran, from a University of Chicago museum to satisfy a $71.5 million judgment against Iran related to a 1997 suicide bombing. The plaintiffs, who were injured in the attack, said Iran was complicit.

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2/22/2018

HR should strengthen policies aimed at preventing workplace harassment and discrimination and never ignore star employees' behavior, says Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Commissioner Chai Feldblum. Employers should provide anti-harassment training programs and establish a reporting and investigative process, Feldblum says.

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2/22/2018

Alabama plans to alter its lethal injection procedure tonight in the execution of a man who has vein damage caused by drug use and illness. The state plans to insert the intravenous line into the legs or feet, instead of the arms, of Doyle Lee Hamm, who was convicted of killing a motel clerk in a 1987 robbery.

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2/22/2018

Having the right values in place leads to better work outcomes, writes David DeSteno. "Because of the connection between these emotions and grit and social connection, managers who cultivate gratitude, compassion, and pride in their team will see increased productivity and well-being of their workers," he writes.

2/22/2018

John Stix, co-founder of Fibernetics, transformed his company's culture by focusing on happiness and encouraging workers to help each other out. "We invested heavily in what happiness meant for us, transforming our offices with a new gym and personal trainers, and we hired a naturopathic doctor to conduct physical, mental and emotional tests on our staff," he says.

2/22/2018

Company boards of directors should set up committees to oversee the risks posed by employee sexual misconduct and make sure the committee has members with an HR background, writes Subodh Mishra based on insights from Etelvina Martinez. Policies should include penalties for violators, and companies should provide incentives for executives who maintain a safe workplace.

2/22/2018

Employees who receive health and safety training are more confident in noticing hazards and reporting injuries and accidents, a New Zealand survey says. "Health and safety training not only builds skills, confidence and empowers workers to speak up, it also contributes to a happier, safer and more productive workplace," says Alison Molloy of Site Safe.

2/22/2018

Grey Group Singapore changed its workplace culture to focus on health and wellness, training and fun activities, with HR organizing the structure before turning over the programs to employees, says HR executives Rossana Quagliana and Rumki Fernandes. The result has been a workplace where nearly nine in 10 employees say they're satisfied.

2/22/2018

Companies must first define their goals and value proposition before sales leaders can develop an improved sales and marketing strategy, writes Lee Frederiksen. As part of your assessment, consider your current resources when changing sales strategies and make sure the strategy you choose aligns with your company's strengths.

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2/22/2018

The first thing a sales representative must do to build trust with a prospect is to care more about the buyer's needs than their own, writes Diane Helbig. Sales reps should not assume anything about potential buyers, choosing instead to listen attentively to a prospect's concerns and questions.

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