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Top 10 Reading List — June 2019

At ThinkHR, knowledge makes us tick. Be in the know with 10 of the stories that caught our eye this month.

Pride in the Workplace

June is Pride Month, and as many brands and corporations fly the rainbow flag, it’s also a good time to take a look at how your company is supporting LGBTQ employees. Nearly half of the LGBTQ respondents to a Glassdoor survey believed being out at work could hurt their careers. A supportive, non-discriminatory workplace is critical for attracting and retaining talent as well as avoiding liability. Read more on Glassdoor.

Federal Minimum Wage Sets a Record

The federal minimum wage has not changed since 2009, and on June 16 this set a record for the longest period between increases. In response, states, municipalities, and corporations are writing their own wage rules. Read more on Fast Company.

Obesity Ruled Not a Disability

A U.S. District Court of Appeals ruled June 12 that obesity is not a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) unless it’s caused by a physiological disorder. Learn what this ruling means to employers. Read more on Employment Law Insider.

Growth in Learning

It’s well known that a culture of learning promotes employee engagement and retention, but employees are reluctant to ask for training. Get three tips for developing a strategy that makes your employees’ growth a priority. Read more on Inc.

The Business Costs of the Morning After

Hangovers cost employers more than $41 billion in sick days each year, and 75 percent of workers admit to coming in hung over, according to a recent survey. Certain industries are more likely to be affected by workers who overindulged in alcohol the night before. Read more on HR Dive.

Wacky Job Descriptions

In a tight labor market, employers use all kinds of tricks to stand out to candidates, including unusual language in job descriptions (coding ninja, anyone?). While they can be a window to the company’s culture, they can also backfire and turn candidates away. Read more on The Atlantic.

Burnout Gets Official

The World Health Organization has classified workplace burnout as an official “occupational phenomenon” in the 11th revision of its International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). Burnout affects employee health and productivity. How can you prevent it? Read more on HR Dive.

Overwhelmed? Try These Tips

When you have too much going on, it becomes hard to concentrate on any one task, and a feeling of being overwhelmed takes over. Get some concrete tips for preventing and overcoming it and getting back to peak performance. Read more on Fast Company.

Can Data Make Employees Less Miserable?

Keeping employees engaged and happy is key to retention, but it can be difficult to determine which workers are looking to leave. An initiative at a business unit of Microsoft sought to analyze data to understand and mitigate the risk of making employees miserable. (Long read!) Read more on The New York Times.

Let the Tears Flow

Up to half of Americans admit to crying at work. A new podcast from Marketplace by NPR explores this phenomenon and discusses how to balance professionalism with a culture that places work front and center in our lives. Listen on Marketplace.

In Case You Missed It

Popular articles on the ThinkHR blog this month included stories on workplace violence, dependent care spending accounts, and Take Your Dog to Work Day.  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information from ThinkHR. Subscribe in the box at right to be alerted when new content is posted.

 

Rachel Sobel
Rachel Sobel, senior content marketing strategist at ThinkHR, is a seasoned brand journalist who produces ThinkHR’s webinars, blog, newsletters, and other assets. Before joining ThinkHR, she most recently served for over a decade as director of content at a boutique marketing communications agency.