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What We’re Reading – October 2018
We scour the web for interesting and actionable HR news and information, so you don’t have to. Here are 9 curated stories that caught our attention this month.
Politics at Work
Election day is looming, and the midterm elections are on the minds of many Americans, making political conversations in the workplace difficult to avoid and raising the risk of conflict between employees. How should managers handle political chat in the workplace?
- Read more on Marketplace.
- Download a White Paper summarizing voting leave laws in every state. (ThinkHR customers only.)
The Trump administration has just issued its fall 2018 regulatory agenda. Find out what’s of interest to employers from the EEOC, NLRB, and OSHA. Plus, learn what to expect in the areas of federal contract compliance programs and wage and hour rules.
The Science of Learning
A culture of learning is a must in today’s workplaces. Looking to the latest research in behavioral science can help you craft learning strategies that resonate with your employees. Design your learning program around eight key psychology principles.
Experience vs. Engagement
Many employers are working to improve their employee experience, focusing on making the entire journey an employee takes with their organization, pre-hire to post-exit, as positive as possible. But what does that have to do with employee engagement?
- Read more on Gallup.
- Watch an on-demand webinar on how to engage and keep great employees. (ThinkHR customers only.)
#MeToo at the EEOC
EEOC filings rose sharply in 2017 and 2018, with Title VII (sex discrimination and harassment) cases making up more than half the 2018 load. The EEOC is expected to continue increasing enforcement activity with a focus on sex discrimination and harassment and advises employers to update and aggressively enforce their EEO policies.
- Read more on Workplace Class Action.
- Get the latest information on how to comply with discrimination and harassment laws. (ThinkHR customers only.)
In the Aftermath
Cleanup from Florence is far from over, and Hurricane Michael caused additional havoc in the Southeast. The legal and financial issues created by a natural disaster can linger for weeks or months. Share these five tips dealing with the aftermath with your employees.
How to Entice Candidates
Getting the most out of your recruitment marketing efforts goes well beyond publicizing job openings – in today’s market, you need to entice candidates to join your company. Content marketing focused on recruiting can be an effective way to convince candidates to apply for openings.
- Read more on Recruiting Trends.
- Use the ThinkHR Recruiting Toolkit for resources from applications to offer letters and everything in between. (ThinkHR customers only.)
More than 40 percent of Americans use chat apps such as Slack at work, and there are both upsides and downsides to the constant and quick communication they provide a platform for. Are they are increasing or decreasing productivity? Promoting or discouraging social cohesion? How should employers handle it?
- Read more on Fast Company.
- Customize workplace technology and social media policies using the ThinkHR Employee Handbook Builder. (ThinkHR customers only.)
Minimum Wage Impact
Many states and cities have recently boosted their minimum wages. However, research into the impact of minimum wage increases has long produced inconsistent results, with some studies finding minimum wage laws reduce employment and others finding they have little to no effect on jobs. Why is it so hard to study the impact?