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Diagnose Workplace Harassment Before It Happens

Relying on employee complaints, the number of policy claims, and conducting investigative procedures are archaic methods to assess workplace harassment and bias. A reactive strategy will not only hurt your...
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How to Cultivate a Trans-Inclusive Workplace

June is Pride month! Let's talk about trans visibility in the workforce. In our last post we shared a Gender-Neutral Language Cheat Sheet, and while obliterating the use of dated,...
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Gender Inclusiveness and Workplace Communications

Companies are increasingly investing in diversity and inclusion programs, racing to overhaul decades of systemic inequalities and recruit and retain top talent, regardless of background. One component of a company’s...
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How Good Managers Develope Successful Employees

When it comes to employee performance, HR pros often lose sight of a critical variable—the employee-manager relationship. When these relationships are running smoothly, and everyone is meeting their business goals,...
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Why Your Employer Brand Should Be A Big Turnoff

Should your employer brand—the way that prospective and current employees view you as an employer—be a turnoff for candidates? Absolutely. In today’s incredibly competitive market for talent, making sure you...
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The Wrongheadedness of Compliance Training

Collectively, there are ~60M people working in US companies with 500 or more people. Based on the 2018 ATD State of the Industry report, those companies spend $137 per employee...
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3 Steps to Build a Culture of Trust

Most talent professionals will tell you that we’re in the middle of a talent shortage and it’s a growing challenge to recruit and retain a high performing workforce. The Bureau...
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Frequently Asked Questions about the CA and NY Sexual Harassment Mandates

Employers in California and New York must now meet new requirements to provide sexual harassment prevention training to all of their employees. Do you know how your company plans to...
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How to Build a Better Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) Process

Companies that make bad hires pay the price. Placing someone in a role they’re not fit for can cost your company hundreds of thousands of dollars, stemming from costs of...
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Why Your Dated Social Media Policies Are A Culture and Legal Issue Waiting to Happen

For years, a common fear for businesses has been that employees might use social media in ways that hurt the company. Everything from sharing confidential information, misrepresenting the views of...
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Watermark’s Conference Shows How We Can Honor International Women’s Day Every Day

Last month, I had the pleasure of attending the fifth annual Watermark Conference for Women in the Silicon Valley. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the organization, Watermark’s...
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9 Ways To Use California’s Gender Identity Regulations to Make Your Workplace More Inclusive

I served on California’s Fair Employment and Housing Council (previously the Fair Employment and Housing Commission) for more than seven years (appointed first by Gov. Schwarzenegger and later by Gov....
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5 Ways MeToo Will Continue to Impact Global Companies in 2019

During 2018 we saw the ongoing impact of the #MeToo movement on harassment law and practice around the world. As we enter 2019, this sharp global focus on combating harassment...
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Why Your Outdated Employee Relations Strategies Pose a Big Risk in 2019

In 2019, HR professionals will experience a new paradigm in employee relations and the strategies they’ve used for the last 25 years will no longer be effective; old strategies will...
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‘Tis the Season for Workplace Drama...But It Doesn’t Have to Be!

December brings with it a big challenge for company leaders: how to balance spreading holiday cheer with minimizing the corporate risk that can be associated with the company holiday party....
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Who Will Manage Sexual Harassment Risk in 2019—HR or Business Compliance?

About a month ago, I participated in a conference for ethics and compliance professionals— people who manage enterprise risk stemming from antitrust, intellectual property, privacy, information security, and other business...
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Isn’t Training Just Teaching Employees How to Sue Me?

When I first began advocating for training all employees on sexual harassment prevention, a few companies agreed that this would be an effective way to address workplace harassment. But most...
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It’s a Scary Time for Men, It’s a Scary Time for Women

If I didn’t lose you with the title, then you’re open-minded, and I appreciate that. I certainly know it’s a scary time for women—the past year has made it very...
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Now what? Three Steps to Implementing New Sexual Harassment Training in New York and California

In retrospect, we should have expected 2019 to be the year of sexual harassment prevention training. As the #MeToo movement swirled and grew, it became clear that something needed to...
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California Sends a Strong Message to Employers: Prevent and Address Sexual Harassment…or Else!

There is a monumental seismic shift occurring throughout the country, but given California’s reputation as the place where seismic shifts are most likely to occur, it’s no surprise that it...
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4 Steps To Develop Your Workplace Culture Skills

Have you ever been angry at your co-workers? Or vented to friends and family about workplace situations? Or perhaps you found out that co-workers were bummed out because of you?...
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