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Can I Give You Some Feedback?

Posted By Editor, Friday, April 5, 2019

Contributed by Maureen Middleton, Next Concept HR Member.

Communication, it is an essential part of life – something that is innate to how we function and interact as humans. Yet, most organizations struggle with internal communication and most managers rank poorly in this core competency.

One element of communication in the workplace is feedback, and that’s where we are going to focus.  Continue reading this article here







Tags:  employee engagement  employee feedback  HR communication 

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The Often Overlooked Forms of Diversity

Posted By Editor, Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, March 27, 2019

By Workforce Opportunity Services

In today’s world, we hear “diversity” everywhere. It’s a buzzword. But when we think about what diversity means and the initiatives that have come to bolster it, we often define it in terms of race and gender. This is an incredibly narrow view of diversity. Let’s take a deep dive into different types of diversity and how it impacts your organization.

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Tags:  diversity  employee relations  hr management  recruiting  workplace 

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The Key To Leading A Successful Remote Team

Posted By Editor, Thursday, March 21, 2019
Updated: Thursday, March 21, 2019

By Chris Dyer, HR West 2019 Speaker

Remote work is on the rise but putting together a virtual-office framework is still new to most business leaders. How can you get there if your organization is still set in bricks-and-mortar?

The answer will depend on the size of your workforce and nature of your enterprise. But three elements of company culture can help you lead a far-flung team with members based around the world.

Read this important article here.

Tags:  company culture  employee retention  remote employees  remote workers 

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5 Steps to Effective Workplace Harrassment Prevention Training

Posted By Editor, Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Updated: Thursday, March 7, 2019

Contributed by Catherine Mattice Zundel, HR West 2019 Speaker.

When I was thinking about what I wanted to present at HR West 2019, it wasn’t hard to decide on a presentation around true harassment prevention. Seriously, 2018 was a crazy year not only because of the #MeToo movement, but also because of the legislation that followed. California’s new harassment training requirement to be specific.


My problem is with the fact that the required learning objectives don’t include anything to help employees actually PREVENT harassment. If you take a look at the requirements, most of the information is around identifying behavior and reporting behavior, rather than preventing the behavior. Beyond that, training on its own is not enough to ensure a workplace free of harassment or any other harmful behavior – but we will dig into that during my presentation.

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Tags:  HR West 2019  HR West Speaker  workplace harassment prevention 

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Top 5 Corporate Mother’s Room Standards to Implement Now

Posted By Editor, Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Updated: Thursday, March 7, 2019

Contributed by Healthy Horizons, HR West 2019 Nursing Mother’s Room Sponsor

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Today more mothers than ever before are returning to work within a year of giving birth, and they are returning to full-time jobs according to the US Census. With the uptick of new mothers in the workforce, the need for on-site mother’s rooms and lactation benefits has never been higher.

Like the majority of HR and facility leaders it can be hard to know where to start to implement a workplace lactation program that moms will be comfortable and happy using. To get started, here are the top five corporate mother’s room standards to implement according to the Healthy Horizons Corporate Lactation Services executive team.

Read the article on Next Concept HR Magazine.

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Tags:  HR West 2019  HR West Sponsor  Working Mothers  workplace lactation 

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