News roundup: Sick leave, Wellness, Compliance & more
Who Has Paid Sick Leave, Who Doesn’t, and What’s Changing
Gretchen Gavett, Harvard Business Review blog:
"It’s in this climate that Obama is proposing up to seven earned paid sick days for all Americans, citing Connecticut’s 2011 law as precedence. While many expected that law to lead to costly abuse — with employees calling in sick whenever they felt like taking time off — according to data from the Center for Economic Policy and Research, those shenanigans never materialized. In addition, only a third of eligible employees even used the benefit, and they used fewer days on average than they were allotted."
Related: Valerie Jarrett on LinkedIn: Why We Think Paid Leave Is a Worker's Right, Not a Privilege
Why Employees Participate—or Don't—in Wellness Programs
Findings from the 2013 EBRI/Greenwald & Associates Consumer Engagement in Health Care Survey, published in a December 2013 EBRI Issue Brief, highlight factors influencing participation in workplace wellness programs, including health-risk assessments, health-promotion initiatives and biometric screenings.
How Would You Define HR in 2015?
Robin Schooling, HR Cloud Blog:
"We do, however, have opportunities to redefine the role of HR in our organizations as we move to a more strategic focus on talent management and organizational capability while also controlling the cost (and time!) spent on transactional work. And part of that is the ‘culture’ thing. It’s important enough that Merriam-Webster even named ‘culture’ as the 2014 word of the year."
The Challenge of Dealing with Difficult People and Difficult Conversations
David Lee, TLNT blog:
"When I shift from feeling afraid of the potential conflict to accepting the role of leader, role model, and facilitator, I let go of my desire to “win” or get back at them. When I’m able to do that, my focus shifts to asking what actions on my part will most likely foster a productive conversation. It shifts from my personal agenda to asking, “What actions on my part are for the greater good?”"
Artificial intelligence meets the C-suite
Technology is getting smarter, faster. Are you? Experts including the authors of The Second Machine Age, Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, examine the impact that “thinking” machines may have on top-management roles.
What We Can Learn from the Biggest Corporate Hacks
Eric Ravenscraft, Lifehacker:
"Companies often seem like they're monolithic titans that can't be touched. Underneath all the branding, though, they're made up of people. People who can make mistakes, overlook something, or even get lazy. Whether you're one of the people who works for a big company, or just an average Jane looking to protect her chat logs, we can all learn a thing or two from these slip-ups."
- Workplace Harassment Still a Major Problem: Experts Tell Equal Employment Opportunity Commision
- Why retaliation claims should keep you up at night
- Two big sexual harassment cases: where the employers went wrong
- Percent of Adults Who Smoke, by state
- State Smoking Restrictions for Worksites, Restaurants, and Bars
- 5 Ways to Get Full Time Engagement From Part Time Staff
- 10 Leading Causes and Direct Costs of Workplace Injuries
- Majority Of Americans Support Calorie Labels At Restaurants
- Businesses Try To Stave Off Brain Drain As Boomers Retire
- Why Your Employer May Be Your Best Financial Adviser
- 6 Signs Your HR Processes are in Need of a Makeover
- Sometimes it is Okay to Ignore Your Boss
- What Heroin Addiction Tells Us About Changing Bad Habits
- How Patient Suicide Affects Psychiatrists
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