Intern o’clock

Summer is coming up quickly, and you know what that means: no, not time to start swimsuit shopping (well maybe just a little), time to get some summer interns! Hiring interns brings up so many questions: what is an intern anyway? Do I have to pay them? Should I go one-piece or two? Okay, so that last one was swimsuits again!

Well we have the answers to the first two questions here, and the last one here. Heads up, if you mix those links up when you email your boss, things could get awkward.

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I’m taking sexy out (yeah)

Now days everything is multipurpose. You take pictures on your phone. You talk into your headphones. You send tweets with your scale. So why is your harassment policy only covering sexual harassment? Your harassment policy could get more use if it addressed not just sexual harassment and gender discrimination, but also discrimination based on age, race, color, national origin, pregnancy, religion and disability. A policy that only covers one thing? That’s like a toaster without hot dog slots.

Click here to read more.

Personal emails for official business: #ITproblems

The government was full of handy HR examples last week! Up next: Employees—and government officials—who compromise information security by using unsecure email addresses. Your office email addresses may be safe and sound thanks to your company server, but are your employees forwarding information to their personal, breachable accounts? Whether it’s to print work at home, or access reports on the hour-long train commute, employees may be inadvertently endangering corporate information.

Click here to read more, including three solutions to this problem.

“It might be unprofessional of me to notice you look nice today.”

Raise your hand if your HR-spidey senses went off last week after President Obama complimented the California attorney general on her appearance. (Let the record show that I would raise my hand but I am very tired today.)

Well, you weren’t the only one. Compliments in the workplace can weeble to the wobbly side of sexual harassment, as remarking on a coworker’s or employee’s appearance could be seen as inappropriate or make the recipient uncomfortable.

Click here to read “When Are Appearance Compliments Objectifying Insults?” to see how this type of seemingly innocent remark can affect the workplace.

And click here to see a duck being chased by a cat dressed as a shark riding a Roomba.