Four more years . . . of what?

Now that the excitement of the election is winding down (and by excitement of course I mean the “I Voted” sticker you get when you vote), it is time to think about what exactly the results mean for your workplace. Luckily, our partners at Fisher & Phillips are hosting TWO FREE webinars to prepare you for the possible changes ahead.

The webinars will be hosted on Tuesday, December 11 and Tuesday, December 18. Click here to register.


Prefer your HRidiot in smaller, pithier doses?

For those of you who prefer the Twitterverse to the Blogosphere (not the Blagosphere of the ex-Illinois governor), you can find the HRidiot in all it’s pithy glory at You are forewarned that you will miss out on some of the pith (because of the 140-character limitation) and there will be more vinegar (HRidiot is a bit more ornery when tweeting). You will also miss some of the less germane links.

Sandy may make your employees salty

I think everyone can agree Hurricane Sandy was a serious storm. But now that most of the power is back on, it seems it’s time to get back to business.  And for the business of HR, Hurricane Sandy brought along with it some things to consider.

These are all appropriate questions.  And they are linked to the appropriate answers.  You know what to do.

Thanksgiving bonus – Hanna’s Recipes, the New “HR”

This Tuesday post means I should still have time to impact your dinner menu on Thursday. Maybe you’ve got everything settled already, but I think there’s one more dish that needs your attention. I think you should make crispy fried Brussels sprouts. B sprouts have had a bad rap for a long time (you might be one of the player haters), but they’ve made a major comeback in recent years. And you should get onboard. Fried crisp and dressed in a tangy sweet lime/honey combination with a spicy sriracha kick, these tiny cabbages are nothing short of spectacular.

Besides, not making B-sprouts for Thanksgiving is like not reporting new hires to the appropriate state authorities. Amiright or amiright?

NLRB ­– no tricks, no treats, just memos

On October 31st, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) – don’t worry, no bad news to follow – released some memos clearing up the surprising confusion surrounding the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and at-will employment policies.

The guidance was not issued simply at-will (see what I did there?), but instead after much review of cases heard last summer – cases that suggested at-will employment agreements may violate the NLRA.

The bottom line from the memos:  to keep your at-will employment policy in line with the NLRA, it cannot require your employees to waive any rights.

For all lines above that, click here.

Stress less – literally: Advice on lessening stress in the workplace

If stress is causing your employees to miss work, you’re not alone.  Every day over one million Americans miss work due to stress, and 62 percent say it’s work related.  Symptoms range from tight neck and muscles (sitting in this computer chair for 10 hours a day probably doesn’t help) to feelings of anxiety.  And although you might not be able to rid your employees of all the symptoms, here are things you can do to help:

  • Teach employees stress reduction techniques.
  • Inform them of self-help stretches.
  • Provide stress reduction services on-site.

The last one is my personal favorite: I’m thinking professional massages daily and a mini-spa in the break room. Who’s bringing the margaritas? Click here to read more or here to see what the stress relief pig can do to help.