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Check out our blog for the latest employee relations and workplace investigations insights, trends, and news. From the #MeToo movement to best practices and personal anecdotes from the field, the HR Acuity blog is here to help you stay in the know on all things employee relations.

Considering the Employee Experience During the Investigative Process

Creating a positive employee experience usually focuses on perks and benefits, but what happens when an investigation is needed? Create a culture where employees report incidents, knowing that issues will be addressed fairly and in a timely manner.

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Addressing Sexual Harassment in University Settings

Female academic faculty face harassment at levels second only to the military. Employers need to take a hard look at how they address sexual harassment, how they enable female employees and students to report harassment, and how they train their staff.

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Oops! Here's What Happens When Managers Don’t Document Key Employee Conversations

How often have your managers presented a plan to fire a problem employee, when the employee’s performance records on file are stellar? Learn the best ways to capture and store performance information to avoid liability and treat employees fairly.

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4 Types of Employment Litigation Expenses Employers Should Track

Expenses add up fast for employment litigation cases. Does your organization track time, legal fees, and other associated costs? It makes sense for employers to know these costs for planning purposes. Here are some things fo consider.

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4 Best Practices for Making Employee ADA Accommodations

Reasonable accommodation can be a tricky issue for employee relations. Good legal counsel can provide perspecitve, but these practices that can also help simplify the process of accommodating employees under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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How to Help Employees Set Priorities

Workplace stress can hamper productivity and employee engagement. When employers set clear priorities and leaders provide the systems, processes and tools their employees need, the employees can focus on the right tasks and manage their work effectively.

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Five Alternatives to an Employee Reduction in Force (RIF)

A reduction in force (RIF) is painful for employees receiving the decision, and remaining employees face low morale and higher demands. Employers should think critically and creatively when considering alternatives to RIFs and layoffs.

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How Much Should a Manager Know About an Investigation?

You’re deep into the investigative process - interviewing witnesses, gathering evidence and capturing your findings. At what point do you loop the manager in and to what degree? Read on to find out how to involve managers in the investigation process.

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Reductions In Force: How To Stay Compliant

A reduction in force (RIF) can be hard on the workplace. However, there are times when an RIF is essential to business operations. Here are some key things to know about RIFs.

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Studies Show Positive Workplace Culture Brings Financial Gains

Evidence shows a positive work environment fosters employee engagement and boosts productivity, thereby making a company more profitable. Here are metrics and methods HR professionals can use to contribute to a positive environment in the workplace.

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Spotting and Dealing with a Toxic Employee

Toxic workers can create a negative, highly stressful work environment in addition to bringing down productivity. Here are some best practices to consider for recognizing and managing toxic employees.

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Performance Management: The Shift from Evaluation to Development

Measuring, evaluating and coaching employees with the goal of improving performance is important, but HR professionals should also consider the developmental aspects of the process to enable better outcomes on an individual and organizational level.

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The Right and Wrong Way to Use Humor in the Workplace

While some humor can have a positive impact on the workplace, inappropriate humor has nothing but negative consequences. Understanding the difference between the right and wrong way to use humor is critical for avoiding employee relations challenges.

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Top HR Metrics and a Primer for Achieving Them

Metrics tell you where you’ve been and indicate how well you’ve done. Today, business leaders, including HR and ER, must consider the ROI and metrics that gauge the effectiveness of programs and services and use this data to pinpoint where problems arise.

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The Anatomy of an EEOC Complaint Pt. 4

In this wrap up of our series on EEOC claims, we’ll look at how to examine the claim and any lessons learned that might be able to be gleaned from the time and effort invested into the process.

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The Anatomy of an EEOC Complaint Pt. 3

Upon completion of the process, the EEOC can issue one of two things: a Dismissal and Notice of Right to Sue or a letter of determination with an offer to resolve the issue via conciliation. Part 3 of our series gets to the heart of both matters.

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Managing the Growing Request for Non-Traditional Accommodations

Many employers find it tricky to navigate what is a reasonable accommodation and what isn't, especially with increasing requests for accommodations for health concerns that are not as clear. Learn how to deal with these non-traditional issues.

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Are You Ready for #MeToo Movement in Your Workplace?

As a decades-old movement is revived, here's what HR and ER must do to create a proactive plan to handle #MeToo incidents and change workplace culture.

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The Office Party: Career Booster or Breaker?

Many employees interact with bosses and coworkers outside work to get to know each other. However, conduct that’s unacceptable at work is also unacceptable when socializing off the clock. Learn ways to avert inherent risks of an office party.

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The Anatomy of an EEOC Complaint Pt. 2

Employers with a firm grasp of the EEOC complaint process and a good system to track employee relations have a better chance of successfully navigating claims. Explore how to handle an EEOC complaint and what information may be requested by investigators.

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The Anatomy of an EEOC Complaint Pt. 1

Employers with a firm grasp of the EEOC complaint process and a good system for tracking employee relations have a better chance of successfully navigating a claim. Learn the early stages of the EEOC complaint process and the key items you need to know.

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Guest Post: The Hidden Value of Employee Relations

This post is brought to you by Wendy Silver, Founder and President of Beyond the Workplace, LLC- thanks for sharing your thoughts Wendy! I am always i ...

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Sexual Harassment Training … for 2017

Clearly traditional sexual harassment training is not working - a different approach is needed. Organizations must take action by putting meaningful processes in place to protect their employees. Here are some “must practices” for every organization.

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Skillfully Planning Investigation Logistics

The ultimate goal of a workplace investigation is to find the truth to help an employer comply with the law and maintain a healthy, productive work environment for all employees. Here’s a quick guide to managing the logistics of an investigation.

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Social Media Misconduct: A Costly Risk Employers Can’t Afford

While social media can be effective to hire talent, improve employee engagement and retention and raise productivity, it can also be a conduit for misconduct. Here are some considerations for handling social media misconduct as an ER or HR leader.

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Handling Employee Relations in Matrixed and Flat Organizations

How a company is structured and managed affects employee direction and motivation. Similarly, a company's employee relations strategy needs to take into account the type of structure. Here are the challenges that come with flat and matrixed organizations.

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Workplace Investigations and the Power of Body Language

During workplace investigations, noting body language is as important as listening to a person's words. These nuances can be indicators that more questioning should occur and can guide decisions made by HR leaders in the investigation process.

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Types of Investigation Evidence: Physical, Documentation and Testimony

Workplace investigations always involve evidence. All physical, documentation and testimony evidence must be collected and managed in different ways. The evidence must also be protected and leveraged to support the investigation and guide the outcomes.

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How to Stop the SOS Signals from Managers when Conflicts Arise

Managers and employees can be quick to call HR at the first sign of trouble. Here’s what HR professionals can do to minimize unnecessary outreach while still holding all parties involved accountable.

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What Do HR Professionals Do When Their Boss Is Unethical?

Unethical behavior can negatively impact a company and tarnish its reputation. When an ethics investigation arises due to misconduct, the HR leader must work with their boss towards the best possible outcome. Learn how to handle an unethical boss.

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When Is a Workplace Investigation Necessary?

When HR receives a complaint, or something seems suspicious, one of the first steps is to determine if an investigation is needed. A proper investigation can benefit both the employer and employees. Here’s how to know when to conduct an investigation.

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Are Millennials More Conflict-averse than Other Generations?

Three generations are now in the workplace together and the youngest has created quite a stir. Millennials have been painted as conflict-averse. True or not, proper coaching and encouragement can guide employees in communication and conflict resolution.

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When HR Should Step In or Out of a Boss-employee Conflict

You’ve known for some time that a certain employee and his boss aren’t getting along. You have valuable advice for both parties but hoped they could w ...

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Enhancing Employee Relations During Rapid Company Growth

Rapid growth can be both exciting and stressful for all departments in a company, including HR. Here are some strategies HR leaders can use to prepare for change and navigate their company through a time of expansion.

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Who Does What? The HR/Employee Relations Balancing Act

As businesses become more complex, many are shifting responsibilities in an effort to find the right balance between personalized service and cost sav ...

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How to Know if Employee Relation Processes Are Working

Effective employee relations efforts foster mutual respect and trust between employee and employer. Environments where employees have confidence in le ...

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Q&A: What Your Legal Counsel Wishes You Knew About Investigations

HR leaders and employee relations professionals find dealing with legal can be a wild card in the investigation process. This interview with Jamie Brabston, Sr Legal Consultant at Redstone Government Consulting provides insights for collaboration.

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Investigating Signs of a Hostile Work Environment

Investigating a hostile work environment requires sensitivity, attention to detail and strong people skills. Before carrying out an investigation, it’s also important to know what constitutes a hostile environment and which questions are best to ask.

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6 Essential Best Practices for Workplace Investigation Interviews

When an employee calls to allege serious misconduct by a coworker, a workplace investigation will certainly follow. For most employee-related events, a workplace investigation would not be complete without interviews.

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How to Hold C-level Executives Accountable for Culture

Company leaders set an organization’s standard for values, but it’s the responsibility of HR leaders to focus on how behavior and decisions impact the culture. Here’s how HR can hold C-level executives accountable.

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Ways HR Can Get a Seat at the C-suite Table

HR professionals play a large role in any organization but are seldom seen as strategic leaders. Here’s why it’s beneficial to include HR in organizational strategy and what can be done to overcome barriers.

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An Uber Wake Up Call: Reflections on the Holder Report

Expanding on Eric Holder’s report of recent allegations against Uber, here’s how the rideshare service could’ve more effectively handled their investigation.

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Setting Up No Fraternizing Protocols and Policies

It’s important to establish protocols and policies regarding fraternization in the workplace, especially between managers and subordinates. Here are a few things to take into consideration when establishing and implementing your ‘No Fraternizing’ policy.

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Best Practices for Preventing and Addressing Retaliation

Although illegal, retaliation can still occur at work. Consider these best practices for establishing protocols and monitoring signs of retaliation for a fair and productive workplace.

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Use Exit Interview Data Strategically

Data collected from exit interviews can aid an organization in many ways. One key benefit is understanding why people leave the organization, which can spark measures to reduce turnover and increase employee engagement.

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What Do Asteroids and ER Issues Have in Common?

Similar to the way scientists monitor asteroids to avert potential disasters, organizations should track employee relations issues to discover behavioral trends and address problems proactively.

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Keys to Successful Stay Interviews

Stay interviews help an organization understand employee career goals as well as reinforce a culture of transparency and trust. Consider the following practices for successful and constructive stay interviews.

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Best Practices & Questions for Complainants in a Workplace Investigation

While investigations are challenging, having a good plan and a core set of questions for interviewing complainants can help investigators resolve matters as quickly as possible.

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Identifying Bias by Leveraging Employee Relations Data

Bias in the workplace can be hard to track. Fortunately, an employee relations management system can help employers identify and prevent bias in the workplace to enable fair treatment for all employees.

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SHRM Webcast Recap

Last week I had the opportunity to lead a webcast titled “HR ‘Must Practices’ for Mitigating Risk.” With all of the high profile allegations swirling around these days, this topic made a lot of sense to me. Catch the replay here.

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Preventing Religious & Ethnic Harassment in Today's Political Climate

In the wake of an uncertain political climate, make sure your organization is working to prevent religious and ethnic harassment and create an environment of universal respect.

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Attorney-Client Privilege: What It Is and Why It Matters

Attorney-client privilege is an important legal privilege available to individuals and businesses alike. To protect this privilege and ensure confidentiality, here’s what HR leaders need to consider.

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4 Strategies for Preventing Employee Relations Burnout

Employee burnout is a significant threat to workforce engagement. Avoid stress and frustration by considering these practices.

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Questions for the Accused in a Workplace Investigation

When conducting an interview of the accused in a workplace investigation it’s important to show respect and objectivity. Here’s how to keep the process fair while building trust within your organization.

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Mutual Respect: The Bedrock of Strong Employee Relations Practices

It’s no surprise that establishing a culture of mutual respect is a good employee relations practice. Less obvious are the positive outcomes, such as higher employee engagement and productivity.

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How to Build a Culture of Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity is about more than avoiding lawsuits. Recognizing hard work and reinforcing the value of many perspectives is key to a diverse and inclusive work culture.

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Effective Strategies for Creating a Whistleblower Program

An effective whistleblower program not only mitigates risk, it also creates a fair work environment in which employees feel safe. Here’s what to consider when creating one.

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What Your CEO Wants from a Good Investigation Program

In addition to reducing risk, there are other positive outcomes business leaders want from a strong investigation program. Here’s what your program should do to create a better work environment.

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Best Practices in Documenting Employee Performance

Quality employee performance documentation both protects a company from future litigation and benefits its employees by providing feedback for improvement. Many companies are moving away from the traditional annual employee review.

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3 Timely Considerations for Conducting HR Investigations

Investigations are one of the least-loved aspects of employee relations, yet my hypothesis is that if HR leaders took more time to properly plan and carry out investigations, it would dramatically improve results and performance.

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Why Protocols Are Essential in Workplace Investigations

Investigation protocols are a set of standard statements that publicly explain the process and expectations that guide the process. Once they’re put in place, they exert tremendous power in making sure that the outcome of your investigation will be valid.

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When Documenting Employee Turnover Uncovers Deeper Issues

High turnover rates can be indicative of a larger problem within the workplace. Failing to deal with these issues can be a major problem for organizat ...

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Employee Relations Survey Yields Interesting Results

HR Acuity was pleased to announce the arrival of the 2016 Employee Relations Benchmark Study: a 57-page compendium on Employee Relations processes and procedures.

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How Open Offices Affect Workplace Investigations

The open-office wave has undoubtedly soaked offices around the country. In the shuffle to appeal to millennial talent, however, organizations are finding difficulty maintaining daily office procedures.

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How to Pace Your Workplace Investigation to Be Thorough and Timely

HR professionals in the role of Investigator are under enormous pressure: by concerned employees asking for case updates and by management looking to quickly conclude the investigation and move on.

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HR Acuity Releases Groundbreaking Employee Relations Study

Employee Relations technology provider HR Acuity recently released the findings of its inaugural 2016 Benchmark Study.

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Collecting and Storing Workplace Investigation Documents

When the decision is reached to conduct an investigation, several processes are activated.

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The Build Vs. Buy Conundrum

It starts simply—someone in “the business” has a problem, and they feel some sort of technology can help fix it.

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Unconscious Bias Training: A Conversation With Desiree Dancy

Employees play a major role in the diversity and inclusivity of office environments.

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How to Articulate the Reporting of a Bad Attitude

They’re lurking in every office behind furrowed brows, frowns, and sarcastic remarks.

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Assessing and Documenting a Messy Workspace

“Cleanliness is next to Godliness.” A phrase first coined by John Wesley, has since become a mantra related to organization.

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Identifying and Preventing Workplace Bullying

Bullying is a major problem within almost every industry. Learn how leaders can identify a bully before impacting the company’s brand, and how bullying to prevent bullying in the first place.

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Why and How Employee Tardiness Must Be Documented

Almost every state has adopted an “at-will” employment arrangement, but not having a consistent process for managing tardiness – or other behavioral issues – can set up organizations for frivolous and potentially valid legal claims.

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The 3 P’s of Arbitration Every Employer Must Know

Sometimes voluntary and at other times mandatory, arbitration clauses are often portrayed as legalese put in employment contracts to protect the employer. However, employers – not just employees – are wise to consider the implications of these clauses.

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6 Credibility Assessment Strategies For Workplace Investigations (Infographic)

A thorough investigator has the responsibility to analyze the facts as uncovered, assess the credibility of the parties involved and come to some reasonable determination – even in a “he said, she said” situation.

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Workplace Investigations: “He Said, She Said,” Now What?

At the start of a recent training class I led on investigation skills, I asked the participants to share what their biggest challenge was when conduct ...

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Managing Employee Relations Risk: Moving Beyond the Spreadsheet

Open a laptop and load your spreadsheet of choice. What you’ll see is a compilation of data that is probably 13 columns across and about 37 rows deep. ...

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5 Reasons Why Organizations Need an Anti-nepotism Policy

With a net worth estimated at $149 billion, the Walton family, heirs of the Walmart empire, topped the list as the richest family in the United States ...

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6 Common Exit Interview Myths Dispelled

Exit interviews are an important employee relations tool, yet often misunderstood and poorly executed. Here are 6 common exit interview myths dispelled.

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Transgender Rights on the Front Page: A Continuing Conversation

The issue of transgender rights in the workplace has received a lot of attention in the media and the laws governing those rights continue to evolve.

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3 Ways Documentation Can Help Fight Internal Fraud

The Fraud Triangle is a well-known concept that has its roots in criminology. Largely attributed to researcher Donald Cressey, he believed that people ...

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Traffic Lights, Documentation and Workplace Investigations

Remember the childhood playground game, Red Light–Green Light? One person gets to be the traffic light and stand at the front with his/her back facing ...

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10 Milestones Over 10 Years That Changed Employee Relations (Infographic)

HR Acuity® looks back at 10 employee relations milestones over the last 10 years. These important events may even give us clues to the employee relati ...

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Ethics Hotlines: Employee Relations Boon or Bust?

Ethics hotlines are growing in popularity. They provide an accessible and anonymous way for employees to report potential wrongdoing; and in principle ...

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10 Milestones That Changed Employee Relations

HR Acuity® turns 10 years old this month, and we’re taking the opportunity to look back at 10 employee relations milestones from the past decade. We c ...

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5 Shocking Employee Relations Headlines and the Lessons Behind Them

Bad headlines drive readership, and stories about people have the added advantage of tugging on our emotional heartstrings as well. In a recent articl ...

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5 Compelling Metrics Behind the HR Case Management Trend (Part 1)

Big data is slowly permeating the workplace. Managers are tracking engagement, enterprise platforms are monitoring employee social media activity, wor ...

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25 Employee Relations Trends That Will Impact The Workplace in 2016

With the close of 2015, many of us are reflecting on the year that passed and, of course, the one that lies ahead. The employee relations landscape ch ...

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3 Must-Know Facts About Workplace Retaliation

Workplace retaliation is a form of misconduct that can be difficult to identify, but is posing an increasing financial and legal risk to organizations. Here are 3 must-know facts about workplace retaliation.

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10 Trending Employee Relations Issues for 2016 (Infographic)

From same-sex marriage benefits to protecting employee confidentiality in a workplace investigation, the employee relations landscape is in constant f ...

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Tattoos — A Trending Employee Relations Issue for 2016

The green and black headline announces, “TATTOOS. Yes!” and is accompanied by a thumbs up graphic sporting a coffee cup tattoo on the wrist. Along wit ...

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5 Ways an Aging Workforce Is Changing Employee Relations

Aging Americans are working longer – a lot longer. By 2022, almost 32% of the population between 65 and 74 will be working – almost double the labor p ...

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5 Employee Relations Tips From Top Practitioners

Thursday was full of surprises. Just when the HR Acuity® team thought we knew the consensus view, someone’s commentary would change the course of the ...

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Employee Relations and Social Media (Infographic)

Employee Relations and Social Media

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5 Employee Relations Challenges Confronting Healthcare

There may be no other industry that confronts quite the array of employee relations challenges seen in healthcare. Here are 5 employee relations challenges confronting healthcare now and will continue to try human resources for years to come.

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The Role of Data-Driven Insights in Employee Relations

The Role of Data-Driven Insights in Employee Relations

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Higher Ed Employee Relations and Title IX — It‘s Complicated

In a response to an inquiry by three U.S. Senators, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) admitted that the average duration of a Title IX investigation ...

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5 More Workplace Behaviors That Are Actually Misconduct

Can a casual comment at the water cooler land you in hot water with your employer? How about if you tell a group of co-workers a joke laced with foul ...

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Should Your Company Nix Annual Performance Reviews

Accenture, a Fortune Global 500 company, recently informed its employees that next month it will cease both annual performance reviews and its interna ...

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When You Don't Like What Your Employees Are Posting on Social Media

Hiking through the mountains with a tour guide from a well-known travel company, I learned that the company recently asked all of its guides not to sh ...

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5 Workplace Behaviors That Really Are Bullying

In a recent VitalSmarts survey, 96% of people polled said they had experienced workplace bullying. It is a behavior that is costing US companies billi ...

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Medical Marijuana — 5 HR Must-Knows for a Compliant Employee Relations Policy

There is no doubt that the debate over medical marijuana has heightened public awareness and played a role in shifting sentiment, but the issues surrounding medical cannabis remain complex.

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“Dear Colleague” — A Checklist for Title IX Coordinators

Are Title IX Coordinators the answer to the growing wave of litigation on American campuses? They are certainly part of the solution, but the responsibilities inherent in the job are vast.

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The HR Dilemma: Employee Misconduct or Just Work-Life Balance

According to a survey by Captivate, a digital media company, over half of employees spend time in the office on their Facebook, Twitter or other socia ...

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50 Employee Issues You Should Be Documenting (Infographic)

For best practice employee relations and to ensure your company is protected, here are 50 employee issues your organization should be documenting:

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10 Dos and Don'ts for Conducting Workplace Investigations

DON’T rush. Create a plan for your investigation by identifying what issue(s) you are trying to resolve, what documents to review and who to intervie ...

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The Scoop on Birthday Parties in the Workplace

It seems innocent enough. A co-worker has a birthday coming up, so a little celebration is organized during the workday to mark the event. A slice of ...

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Why the UPS Pregnancy Discrimination Case Is So Important for Employee Relations

The UPS case should be collaboratively discussed by every HR and management team in the country because employee relations is about people, not just the technicalities of HR policy.

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Savvy HR in the Age of the Office Romance

HR is often the last to know yet still bears the burden of putting policies in place that protect both the company and employees from the potential repercussions of workplace relationships.

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5 Essential Element of an Inclusive Transgender Policy in the Workplace

Companies able to maintain a culture of diversity and inclusion attract the top talent.

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HR Acuity Launches 6th Annual Employee Relations and Workplace Investigation Survey

HR Acuity®, a leading provider of employee relations and workplace investigation solutions, has launched its 6th Annual Employee Relations and Workplace Investigation Survey.

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Anatomy of a Defensible Workplace Investigation Case File (Infographic)

A defensible workplace investigation case file includes a comprehensive investigation report, interview notes and supporting documentation.

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5 Workplace Behaviors That Are Actually Misconduct

Some outwardly trivial employee behaviors may be more serious than you think, and with the appropriate workplace guidelines in place, companies can take legal recourse to combat them.

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5 Reasons Why Employee Engagement Really Does Matter

Engaged employees, or employees that are emotionally committed to their company and its success, are hugely impactful to the organization’s bottom line. Here are 5 reasons why employee engagement really does matter.

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3 Hurdles Ahead for Employee Relations Risk Management

The recent Intuit 2020 Report: Twenty Trends that will Shape the Next Decade highlighted an incredible, emerging workplace trend.

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Indirect Discrimination: Do You Know the Signs?

Pick up any newspaper or read the latest headlines on your favorite newsfeed, and you will most certainly find a story about a pending discrimination ...

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After The Holiday Party Fizz, The HR Headache Begins

It’s time for the company’s annual holiday party! There will be great food, time with colleagues and a fun evening for all. Managers say “cheers” to their employees for a job well done, and everyone will toast the year ahead.

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3 Technology-Driven Workplace Issues You Didn't Even Know You Had

As technology continues to pervade both our everyday lives and the workplace, it ushers in a whole new set of employee relations issues for companies as well.

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Title IX and the Growing Wave of Litigation on American Campuses

Title IX underpinned a move to ensure women athletes would have equal access to sports facilities and scholarship funds as well as comparable coaching to their male peers. But there is far more to Title IX than athletics.

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Workplace Investigations: Timing Can Be Everything

People often evaluate the success of a new company in terms of its growth rate. In fact, I recently read an article which focused on whether year-on-y ...

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Social Media and Employee Relations: More Than a Policy

You might think that social media has no bearing on this particular section of HR, but you’d be wrong.

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High Profile Employees Can Mean High Risk

Dealing with a human resource issue involving a high profile employee or situation is not easy – just ask Roger Goodell.

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Must-Haves and Must-Meets from the 2014 #HRTechConf

After back-to-back conferences in Las Vegas last week, let's rewind and relive some of my HR Tech moments.

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Reflections from #InfluenceHR

A reflection on time spent at Influence HR - a one-day whirlwind of marketing insights from industry leaders for the CEOs and CMOs of customer-facing execs in the HR space.

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The 4 Cs of Your Workplace Investigations

Learn about the 4Cs of Workplace Investigations - Consistent, Compliant, Comprehensive and Court-Ready - and how to improve your investigation process.

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What To Do When a Problem Employee Files a Complaint

When a problem employee files a complaint, the severity and complexity of the investigation automatically increases. Find out how to manage the situation.

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How To Avoid Internal Investigation Retaliation in Your Workplace

In 2010 retaliation claims surpassed race discrimination as the most common type of charge filed with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

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Squeezing the Most Out of Your Onboarding Interviews

There are a myriad of to-dos for Human Resources when a new hire comes on, but the most important step of onboarding a new employee is the post-hire interview.

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Out of My Control (Part 2): Enhanced Whistleblower Protections

The second in a series of articles aimed at control issues facing in mitigating employee-related risks: Learn about “whistleblowers”, what legal and workplace protections they have, and how the enhancement of those protections affect organizations.

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Pattern of Behavior or Isolated Event? Recognizing the Difference

Patterns of behavior can occur in individuals, in teams and in entire departments, and they can be really tough to identify if you don’t know what to look for. Learn how to recognize them.

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Perception Vs. Reality: Employees, HR and the Things We Believe

To employees, HR could be the person they see only when something goes wrong. We‘re there when someone gets fired, during exit interviews, disputes and almost every talk behind closed doors. It’s easy to see why HR is often misunderstood.

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Out of My Control: A Series on Mitigating Employee-Related Risks

In this series, I would like to define the risks, explain and identify the impact and provide actionable advice on how to take control within your organization.

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HR Tech: Opening the Window to Employee Relations

This past Friday I presented at HR Tech Tank, the purpose of which is to connect, educate and promote innovators in the HR Management and Recruitment software space.

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Webinar Recap: The Changing Face of the CHRO

This week, HR Acuity held a webinar session explaining why employee relations is the next big frontier for CHROs to conquer.

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18 Surprising Employee Relations Statistics

Let’s be honest, employee relations is a tricky subject, encompassing everything from bullying and harassment to appropriately terminating an employee.

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How Can I Make Employees Feel Safe in Our Process

Imagine this: you have a complaint to lodge about a situation in your work environment, but you are hesitant to speak up because you are paralyzed wi ...

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Employee Feedback: Are You Suffering From American Idol Syndrome?

You know that moment of truth on American Idol when the awful, tone-deaf singers find out just how bad they are? The “ignorance is bliss” policy may work on TV, but in business it causes damage. To avoid such situations, try these remedies, then call HR.

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Employee Relations Roadtrip (Infographic)

Your employees are the most critical resource. How they navigate through your organization can impact growth, affect productivity and influence culture.

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How To Succeed at a Career Fair By Really Trying

Employers plan to hire 8.6 percent more new college graduates this year according to a survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, a nonprofit group that tracks hiring. Read our Career Fair Manual so you can put your best foot forward.

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25 Pro Tips to Get You to the Corner Office (Part 4)

Your corner office has arrived! Haven’t made it yet? Well, you’re just in time to wrap up our pro tip series with Part 4.

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16 Key Performance Indicators for Your Employee Relations Strategy

Every organization is aware it needs a solid employee relations strategy. Building that strategy involves creating an environment that delivers what people want. Here's how you can tie KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) to some key employee needs.

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25 Pro Tips to Get You to the Corner Office (Part 3)

Ready for the third installment of our pro tips series? Check out List #1 and #2 here. Here you go, we’ve even got a few user submissions for you: Do ...

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25 (More) Pro Tips to Get You to the Corner Office

If you’re ready to advance in your career, and need to get the edge on the competition, then these tips are for you. Some of them may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people violate these every day. You could be one of them!

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How To Be Professional: 25 Pro Tips To Get You To the Corner Office

Are you ready to move up in your career? We all are. As a leadership coach, former executive and current CEO of a software company, I’ve learned a thi ...

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Learn from Employee Relations Disasters: 4 Lessons

HR stories make the news every day, from disgruntled employees to legal precedence, but it’s easy to find the lessons hidden…if you’re looking. Learn from these crazy situations and use your knowledge wisely in your employee relations efforts.

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Yes, There Is a Right Way To Do Exit Interviews

Interview usually means the start of something. But sometimes, interviews are the beginning of the end. That is the case when it comes to exit interviews, one of business’ most missed opportunities.

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Managing Employee Relations (Infographic)

Discover employee relation issues that have concerned organizations, like yours, over the past 12 months with our Annual Workplace Survey Infographic.

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Credibility Assessment 101

The next time you are conducting an investigation, assess the credibility of involved parties in the exact same way you assess a candidate in the staffing process. Here's how.

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Your Feedback Wanted for 2012 Survey: Bullying in the Workplace

It’s that time of year again. As 2012 begins to wind down, HR Acuity takes this time to reflect on issues surrounding employee relations and workplace ...

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Top Tips for Creating Investigation Documentation

Documenting an investigation is a critical and often overlooked. Proper investigation documentation can be key for legal defense and make or break an employment-related lawsuit. Follow these tips for creating and reviewing documentation.

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How to Use the Exit Interview Process to Retain More Employees

The exit interview can unlock potentially valuable information that may be used to promote an employee retention strategy. Read on to learn ways to make the most of the exit interview, from an HR pro who has been on the other side of the desk many times.

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Types of Documentation in Workplace Investigations

Documentation is the backbone of an internal investigation – it represents research, interviews, data compilation and more. Learn about some of the different types of documentation in workplace investigations that you’ll want to gather and maintain.

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Social Media and Workplace Investigations

technology – and social media specifically- is evolving at an extremely rapid pace. But using social media in the workplace can be a slippery slope – and especially in workplace investigations. Here are a few areas to consider.

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Interview Questions to Ask During Workplace Investigations

Conducting workplace investigations involves gathering a lot of firsthand information from employees who are involved or are witnesses to the subject of the investigation. Here's a list of five questions you’ll want to ask during investigatory interviews.

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Workplace Investigation Principles — Remember Dignity and End with Grace

Maintaining a few foundational principles in workplace investigations can reduce the risk of litigation and compliment instead of erode employee relations. Let’s explore a few of those areas.

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Treating Employees with Respect ... One (Handwritten) Note at a Time

The art of the handwritten note is a sure way to show employees you appreciate and respect them. Deborah Sweeney's Forbes article about Doug Conant's practice of this art (he wrote 30,000 over ten years) highlights three reasons why they are so impactful.

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50 Employee Relations Issues You Should Be Documenting

50 Employee Relations Issues You Should Be Documenting - This list originally appeared on LinkedIN in 2010. the response was (and continues to be overwhelming. So here it is again:

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10 Good Reasons to Conduct Exit Interviews

The exit interview is an invaluable source of information to assess the overall quality of work life within your organization and identify opportunities to improve retention and employee engagement. Here are 10 more reasons to conduct exit interviews.

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Questions from the CEO ... Are You Prepared?

I recently had an opportunity to sit down with the CEO of a large global company. I asked him if he could describe what types of safeguards and proced ...

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