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Creating an Accommodating Workplace for Diabetic Employees

The American Diabetes Association reports that over eight percent of the population is affected by the disease. Employers are expected to provide reasonable accommodations for diabetic employees under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Reasonable accommodations refers to adjustments to a job, employment practice, or the work environment, and must facilitate the productivity of a qualified person with a disability. What are the implications for employers? Accommodation is not required if doing so imposes undue hardship on the employer. Most accommodations are minor and low cost. Cornell University offers the following information for employers: An individual with diabetes is typically Read More

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What is a Job Preview? How can it be Included in Your Interviewing Process?

Hiring suitable individuals who will remain with your company requires managing expectations. A company must be marketed as a desirable place to work, but a measure of realism can encourage cultural fit. Mark Murphy, author of “Hiring for Attitude” was interviewed by Forbes and discussed the importance of hiring according to culture. Murphy stated that 46% of new hires that he tracked failed within 18 months and 89% of the failures were because of attitude, not a lack of skill. Cultural fit is a significant reason people leave employers, and hiring employees that don’t fit a corporate culture will increase turnover Read More

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Don’t Believe the Hype! Admin Positions are Still the Backbone of Your Organization

If the availability of administrative jobs seems limited, it might be the result of technological advancement. The New York Daily News reported on the effect of smart machines on the administrative and operational functions of businesses from start-ups to giant conglomerates. Humans are often no competition for machines that can work 24 hours a day and that are becoming increasingly cheaper and easier to use. According to the article, the occupations most affected by technology are those of the middle class that pay between $38,000 and $68,000. Librarians are being replaced by “bookbots,” which use robots instead of humans to Read More

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Telecommuting | Should Employees Be Able to Work from Home?

The subject of telecommuting is a sensitive one. Progressive companies often use flexible schedules and remote work as a way to attract top talent, to increase staff morale, and to improve their reputation as an employer. However, Jessica Lingo of Frost Brown Todd LLC, reported on the recent decision by Yahoo! human resources chief to retract the company’s telecommuting option. In a memo dated February 22, 2013, the HR chief, Jackie Reses, cited sub-optimal speed and quality as the reason for the retraction. The decision caused controversy because such a policy could violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Telecommuting Read More

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Landing a Job in Five Minutes

A poll by the Society for Human Resources Management revealed that 76 percent of hiring managers or recruiters polled typically spent less than five minutes reviewing a resume. That sub-five minute perusal determines whether a candidate will continue on in the hiring process. A summary of findings reveals the elements that hiring managers and recruiters are looking for and how to make the most of those crucial five minutes. Over 93 percent of respondents in the poll confirmed resume errors have a negative impact on hiring decisions. Preferred resumes included those that were, not only proofread for grammar, but were Read More