Should You Grab that Cuppa?
For so many of us, a morning cup of coffee is not just a ritual — it’s a necessity. We treat coffee like water, a vital source of energy to power us through a hectic day. We’ve all heard the warnings about our beloved pick-me-up beverage: dependency, withdrawal, afternoon caffeine crashes, insomnia, indigestion, and even […]
Fact of the Month: High-Value Activities? Most employees are in the dark.
According to a Harris Interactive / Franklin Covey survey of over 23,000 people, 80 percent of employees don’t understand which behaviors, actions or activities generate the most value — or contribute to their employer’s success.
Respond, Don’t React Reacting is unconscious — you experience an emotional trigger and behave in a way that expresses or relieves that emotion (e.g., you snap at an employee who’s just interrupted an important call). Responding, in contrast, is a conscious process — you notice how you feel, and then decide how you want to […]
The “dirty dozen”: top 12 employer harassment mistakes Constangy Brooks & Smith LLP Robin E. Shea USA August 8 2014 According to statistics collected by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, harassment charges have stayed relatively stable over the past three years, and the number of “cause” determinations has actually declined. (Yay!) Yet employers should still be […]
Illinois unemployment drops to six-year low
Craig Hinz – Crains Chicago News August 14, 2014 In news with clear political implications, state officials today announced that the Illinois unemployment rate has dropped for the fifth month in a row, to 6.8 percent — roughly where it was when the great subprime mortgage recession began. And even better, the decline now is […]
Illinois Passes Ban-the-Box Legislation Limiting Employers’ Criminal Background Checks on Applicants
Article By: Kathryn Montgomery Moran Paul Patten Susan M. Corcoran Richard Greenberg Jackson Lewis P.C. A new Illinois law prohibits employers from inquiring into a prospective employee’s criminal background on its application or during the early stages of application review. The “Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act” (House Bill 5701), signed by Governor Pat Quinn […]