Construction company Multiplex developed a workplace flexibility program that aims to be inclusive of each individual and can be updated as needed, says Caitriona Comerford, executive director of people. "Running a pilot program initially was a great approach for us -- it provided an evidence base to prove that we could implement flexibility while still outperforming on the job." she says.
Hiring a diverse workforce improves morale and engagement and creates a more competitive company, writes Kim Raymond, senior vice president for global talent strategy at MSI. "Although many companies may recognize the benefits of diversity, not all do what it takes to make it happen," Raymond writes.
A proposed initiative in Arizona, which would legalize the recreational use of marijuana, also would provide protections to employers who want to prohibit such use of marijuana at work. Some companies already have zero-tolerance policies for alcohol or prescription drugs, and recreational marijuana would be treated similarly, says Stacy Pearson of Strategies 360, which consulted on the initiative.
Senior executives consider attire when choosing people for promotions, but employees have to understand the nuances related to the messages they send with their choices, writes Lydia Dishman. Team leaders should dress slightly more professionally to signal authority, while new hires don't want to alienate coworkers by dressing too formally.
Two female police officers with the Philadelphia police department have filed a federal lawsuit alleging they were subjected to sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation from members of the department. Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross Jr., who is named in the suit and accused of not responding properly to the complaints, resigned Tuesday amid the accusations.
A successful hire that results from a referral you made boosts your profile at work and within your network, so improve the candidate's chances by offering insights into the company and role, writes Stacy Pollack, human resources professional. Be selective about who you help and don't pester the hiring manager once the resume is submitted.
Successful negotiations rely on certain personality traits, such as flexibility and persistence, as well as skill in persuasion, writes career coach Caroline Ceniza-Levine. People will have better outcomes if they're willing to consider other proposals and wait for the information and terms they requested.
It's easier to turn down an invitation to socialize after hours if you respond cordially but decisively to avoid awkward, repeated requests, says etiquette expert Diane Gottsman. If pressed for a reason, saying "I have other plans" is an honest response since "going home to watch a TV show on your couch" suffices as other plans.
Too often people allow a higher salary, concerns about the unknown or an overestimation of their talents drive poor career decisions, writes Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, chief talent scientist at ManpowerGroup. "In order to land the job you really want, you need to be clear about what you are good at, what the job in question is really like, and de-emphasize financial incentives to fulfill other values and career drivers," he writes.
HR technology startups are receiving billions of dollars in venture capital, with Jobcase alone raising a $100 million round. "Companies have set aside healthy budgets for the right solution and VCs sense that there is money to be spent," says David Mallon of Bersin, Deloitte Consulting.