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Talent Retention and Company Culture: A Lesson from the Best

In today’s fast paced job market, retaining talented and qualified employees can be one of the most difficult tasks for both start-ups and established companies. The new norm is for...

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Company Morale and Its Effect on Your Workplace

Do you ever ask yourself "Where did the energy go?" What happened to the productive and motivated office you once walked in to? It's no secret that maintaining the same...

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Here's Why You Can't Seem to Hire the Right Person for the Job

What happens when you want to hire a new team member but don’t know if they will be the right fit for your organization? Imagine walking into an interview and...

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Staying Away From the Red Zone

Some Silicon Valley tech companies and other organizations beyond are currently in what Emtrain would call, the “Red Zone.” When there is Red activity, the workplace is unproductive, uninviting and...

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Keep Your Employees Engaged With A Strong Culture

According to a recent HR Dive article, a manager that allows employees to control their work tends to see better results than a manager that feels the need to micromanage all...

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Prepare Your Team to Recruit Top Talent

When searching for the right talent to bring into your organization, it is important to take the time to develop a clear understanding of what type of employees best match...

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Dive Into the Depths of Your Organization

Having a diverse team is a necessity to the success of your workplace culture. Developing your awareness and understanding of different cultures, backgrounds, and personality types is crucial when picking...

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Mutual Respect: Stop Inappropriate Behavior in its Tracks

Having mutual respect for your coworkers does not start and end with simply following the rules. Mutual respect goes beyond that; it is the cornerstone of virtually every successful organization....

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Fostering Respect and Inclusion in Tech

With the recent launch of Reid Hoffman’s Decency Pledge, there has been renewed discussion around the biased, unhealthy environment prevalent in the Tech industry. It is clear there is much...

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Emtrain's Decency Pledge for VC Investing Partners

Reid Hoffman Initiates Decency Pledge On Friday, June 23rd, Reid Hoffman, founder of Linkedin, individual investor and partner at Greylock Partners, wrote the article, The Human Rights of Women Entrepreneurs. The article...

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Employee Q&A: Antitrust Compliance Edition

For many, navigating antitrust and competition law is not intuitive. Having access to experts on the topic when issues arise can help employees make better decisions that won't land your...

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Unconscious Bias in the Workplace: Let's Get Personal

I had the privilege of attending a hearing in Sacramento presented by The Legislative Women's Caucus and the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls called Implicit Bias and Its...

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10 Ways to Resolve Workplace Conflict: Part 2

This article is the second part in a two-part series addressing managerial best practices for conflict prevention and resolution. Part one offered the first half of a 10-point checklist that...

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10 Ways to Resolve Workplace Conflict: Part 1

Conflict at work is inevitable. Despite this reality, there are many steps that employers can take to avoid and resolve workplace strife. According to a 2014 study, office workers spend,...

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How to Avoid a Bias or Retaliation Claim

Do you think your company is immune to gender bias, discrimination, and harassment claims? Think again. Read on to learn how you can protect yourself and your company from the...

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5 Essential Steps to Take When Planning Your Reduction in Force (RIF)

While every business would prefer to avoid the trauma of a RIF, unfortunately it’s an inevitable cycle that hits every organization at some point. A critical element when facing the...

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Brogrammers Disrupted: How Silicon Valley Could Become More Inclusive

The impact of technology on mainstream society has grown beyond measure. From the dawn of the Gig Economy to the ubiquity of smartphones, the way we live our lives has...

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Mistakes that Ruin Workplace Culture: Part 2

In part one of this series, we discussed a trap companies often fall into when it comes to avoiding and resolving conflict: failing to anticipate and plan for high-risk situations. Part two...

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Mistakes that Ruin Workplace Culture: Part I

I dedicate a fair portion of my professional life to resolving workplace conflict. While I enjoy helping companies once a crisis has occurred, my preference is to help companies avoid...

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Top 10 Workplace Investigation Mistakes: Part 2

In part one of this two-part series, we covered five of the most common mistakes that employers make while conducting workplace investigations, including poor complaint mechanisms, ignoring employee complaints, failing to...

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Top 10 Workplace Investigation Mistakes: Part 1

Resolving conflict in the workplace is a key issue for employers. Legal requirements have continued to expand in terms of what courts expect employers to do in order to prevent...

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