Business Continuity NewsBriefs - September 5, 2018
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Employee Issues

September 5, 2018 - It would be wonderful if we could solve all problems in the workplace before they occur, but this is not likely to happen. What we can do, however, is pay attention to the issues that may arise and learn how to mitigate or avoid them. That's what these articles attempt to help us with.

"Employees don't need to be best friends, but there does need to be a level of mutual respect and understanding." 
-- Kathryn Minshew, American Businesswoman --

1. A $600 Billion Employee Engagement Problem Solved: Empathy

Today's workforce is experiencing everything from an alarming skilled labor shortage to an increasing lack of employee engagement that concerns every business -- no matter if you're a startup or a Fortune 100 company. Gallup research shows that the average U.S. employee is not only unengaged at work, but half of U.S. employees are actively searching for a new job.

2. Five Employee Handbook Issues to Watch in 2018

The federal government's focus on deregulation combined with active state legislatures and municipalities mean a cookie-cutter employee handbook isn't a realistic option for employers. Handbooks should be reviewed regularly to ensure compliance with ever-changing workplace law, say employment attorneys.

3. Protecting employee privacy is a delicate balancing act

Our growing dependence on technology is often at odds with our heightened concerns about protecting our personal information. Nowhere is the tension between technology and privacy rights more prevalent than in today's workplace. Businesses must strike a delicate balance when managing employee privacy issues and the legal and ethical factors that come into play.

4. Leading Not Managing: How to Inspire Your Employees during a Crisis

Everything changes in times of crisis. Leaders either step up and take action to return the company to order or crumble under pressure. Over the past few years, the public has seen leaders lash out during a crisis and continuously take steps that cause more damage, and leaders who did nothing and froze in fear.

5. 'Microaggressions' at Work Can Lead to Harassment Lawsuits

The examples here aren't instances of blatant discrimination based on race, sex, or other characteristics protected by civil rights laws---and may even misguidedly be intended as compliments. But they could land as subtle "microaggressions" stemming from unconscious biases and stereotypes. If they occur frequently enough, microaggressions could lead workers to file harassment lawsuits against their employers.

6. 10 Things Bullying Bosses Can Do to Avoid Lawsuits

This topic is one of the seminars top employment lawyers provide for their biggest corporate clients. You, as an employee, can now learn what it is that the most expensive lawyers say to managers about what those managers should and should not do, in order to avoid getting sued.

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