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What We’re Reading – February 2019

At ThinkHR, we love to share our knowledge of all things people risk management. One of the ways we do this is by curating timely human resources stories from across the web. Here are nine articles that caught our eye this month.

6 Statistics on Office Romance

Despite #MeToo, surveys find office romances are still going strong. Workplaces typically discourage coworkers from getting romantically involved. These six statistics suggest that a better tactic might be to accept they may be unavoidable and rethink (and communicate) policies and training around them.

5 Ways to Prevent Employee Burnout

Employees in all kinds of businesses report burnout as a reason for seeking greener pastures. In this labor market, it’s important not to drive valued employees away. Burnout is preventable, if you know what behaviors contribute to it. Get 5 tips for avoiding burnout.

Firing with Compassion

How a company terminates an employee says a lot about its culture and its management. Candor, discretion, and a consistently followed process can go a long way toward demonstrating how your company respects and values its employees. Get tips for compassionately letting employees go.

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HR is the First Line of Cybersecurity Defense

Cybersecurity is every employee’s business – it’s not just the responsibility of IT. Training is important and can go a long way in building defense, but a new study found that a strong cybersecurity culture is key. Most companies have a long way to go before they get there. Find out how you can improve yours.

Accommodations for Cold

You can’t do anything to change the cold winter weather outside, but you are responsible for the temperature in your workplace. While OSHA merely suggests a comfortable temperature range, the EEOC and the ADA might require you to accommodate employees who are sensitive to cold temperatures.

Keep Staff Safe this Winter

Winter is not over yet, so it’s still a good time to address safety concerns and avoid workers’ compensation claims resulting from ice, snow, sleet, or cold. A robust winter safety plan can reduce the risk of injuries to your workers.

Tips for Remote Workers

While studies have shown that remote workers tend to be more productive than on-site workers, they run the risk of burnout and isolation. Share these seven tips to help remote employees stay balanced and satisfied with their jobs for the long haul.

NYC Bans Hairstyle Discrimination

New York City’s Human Rights Commission released guidance prohibiting discrimination at work, school, and public spaces based on hair or hairstyles. While the law protects everyone, it is specifically aimed at preventing racial discrimination. Penalties can be as high as $250,000 and there is no cap on damages.

Tax Season is Coming

The IRS is back up and running following the government shutdown and is now processing 2018 taxes. Employers and employees are reporting lots of tax-time surprises in the first full tax season under the new tax reform law. Find out what you can expect.

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About 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.