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Handling the tricky questions in FMLA intermittent leave

It’s a given: Intermittent FMLA leave is a giant thorn in the side of HR people everywhere. But not all intermittent leave requests are equal. Here’s a look at some of the most common scenarios, and how to handle them.
 
The FMLA allows employers some flexibility in granting different kinds of intermittent leave. ...




7 Traits to Turn Good Managers Into Great Managers

At my core I believe that great managers have one job: to get the very best out of the people they manage. While that premise sounds simple, the execution is hard.
 
Throughout my career I have had the fortune of learning from and working alongside some great managers. ...




7 Traits of Supremely Productive Employees

High-performing employees are worth their weight in gold.
 

High-performing employees’ have outstanding skills that distinguish them from their mediocre colleagues in the workplace. With a willingness to go above and beyond what is written in their job description, high performers keep the work flowing smoothly. ...




You may be seeing your co-workers through ‘coffee goggles’

Heed the warning of your co-worker’s “Don’t talk to me until I’ve had my coffee” mug.
Drinking coffee before having a conversation with someone helps you focus and feel better about the person you’re talking to, according to a new study.
“We see coffee being served in many meetings but found very little research on how coffee might affect group dynamics,” Vasa Unnava, an author on the study, told psypost. ...




Working on addiction in the workplace

When unaddressed, alcohol and other drug use disorders in the workplace are costly and dangerous for organizations, as well as individuals. There are many good examples of successful programs and resources available that can help, and with over 22 million Americans currently in recovery from alcohol and other drug use disorders, creating a drug-free workplace is entirely possible. ...




School principals at higher risk of burnout, depression due to workplace stress, survey finds

One in five school principals is overwhelmed by workplace stress, a survey has found, with an expert saying the results point to a "looming crisis".
 


Key points:

Survey found almost half of principals have faced threats of violence at work
One in three experienced actual violence
Half of all principals worked 56 hours a week, 27pc worked up to 65 hours



 
Results from the Principal Health and Wellbeing Survey 2017 revealed almost half of respondents had faced threats of violence at work, and one in three had experienced actual violence. ...




Does a New Study Underestimate Wellness Programs?

Benefits of health promotion go beyond immediate savings, wellness advocates say
The widely reported results of a new study suggest that workplace wellness programs don't work. But is that the whole story?
The researchers behind the study were based at the University of Chicago and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where they designed and then examined a workplace wellness program available to 3,300 university employees. ...




How to Protect Your Relationship from Work Stress

In today’s “always-on” culture, the boundaries between our personal and professional lives are often blurred. Many jobs demand constant connectivity, and we feel stress from work long after we leave the office—unless we learn to “detach. ...




Get More by Giving More: Developing a Culture of Learning and Loyalty

In today's fast-paced business world, companies are constantly trying to compete by restructuring business processes to be better, faster, and cheaper. As the primary recruiter at Interact Marketing, I have constantly tried to optimize our interview, selection, and on-boarding process to maximize talent, and minimize attrition. ...




City becomes first to offer student loan repayment benefits: Who’s next?

Here’s yet another sign that student loan repayment benefits are more than a passing fad. 
 
The City of Memphis just announced the Student Loan Reduction Program, which was created specifically to help employees with their student loan debts.
 
With the program, which is being administered for the city by Tuition. ...