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After Hours Conduct Checklist for Supervisors and Employees [Free Download]

Posted by Allison Baker

November 21, 2016

 

The holidays are upon us, which means your employees may be interacting outside their regular work environment more than usual.

Office parties and holiday celebrations are a wonderful way to express gratitude and appreciation to co-workers and supervisors, but you'll want to make sure to set guidelines for appropriate workplace behavior.

It's important to remind your supervisors and employees that what might be appropriate behavior at a party they might throw themselves may not be appropriate at a work event. 

This checklist is available to our learners on our new Preventing Workplace Harassment course, but we thought it might be a great resource to distribute to your workforce right before the holidays.

Download your free After Hours Conduct Checklist for Supervisors and Employees by filling out your information below. As always, if you have any questions, ask our experts at experts@emtrain.com!

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Topics: HR, HR Compliance, Laws & Regulations

NEW! Preventing Workplace Harassment Course Update

Posted by Allison Baker

November 17, 2016

Creating a respectful workplace is more important for employers now than ever. Employers have a greater responsibility to take steps to prevent harassment and many are failing to create effective prevention plans.

In fact, the EEOC task force reported in June that corporate harassment training has generally not changed workforce behavior due to the “check-the-box” nature of most programs.

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Topics: HR Compliance, Preventing Harassment, workplace harassment, workplace culture

Webinar Q&A: Top 10 Workplace Investigation Mistakes

Posted by Allison Baker

November 14, 2016

During our recent Top 10 Workplace Investigation Mistakes webinar, we gave attendees the opportunity to pick the brain of employment attorney and the pricipal author of the new AB 1825 regulations, Patti Perez.

Check out Patti's answers and, if you have any additional questions, you'll have an opportunity to ask your own questions at the bottom of the page.

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Topics: HR Compliance, ab 1825, workplace investigations

Mistakes that Ruin Workplace Culture: Part 3

Posted by Patti Perez

November 7, 2016

This article was drafted by the attorneys of Ogletree Deakins, a labor and employment law firm representing management, and is reprinted with permission. This information should not be relied upon as legal advice.


In part one and part two of this three-part series, we discussed two of the most common traps employers fall into when it comes to avoiding and resolving workplace conflict: failing to anticipate and plan for high-risk situations and creating situations that may give rise to the perception of unfairness in the workplace.

The final segment will explain how focusing on legal compliance may—oddly enough—turn workplace conflicts into crises and how to lay out a plan for addressing workplace conflicts quickly and effectively.

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Topics: HR Compliance, Employment Law, Harassment Investigations

Mistakes that Ruin Workplace Culture: Part 2

Posted by Patti Perez

November 3, 2016

This article was drafted by the attorneys of Ogletree Deakins, a labor and employment law firm representing management, and is reprinted with permission. This information should not be relied upon as legal advice.


In part one of this three-part series, we discussed a trap companies often fall into when it comes to avoiding and resolving conflict: failing to anticipate and plan for high-risk situations.

Part two covers situations that may give rise to the perception of unfairness in the workplace, which is another common trigger for conflicts and crises.

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Topics: HR Compliance, Employment Law, Harassment Investigations

Mistakes that Ruin Workplace Culture: Part I

Posted by Patti Perez

October 31, 2016

This article was drafted by the attorneys of Ogletree Deakins, a labor and employment law firm representing management, and is reprinted with permission. This information should not be relied upon as legal advice.


I dedicate a fair portion of my professional life to resolving workplace conflict. While I enjoy helping companies once a crisis has occurred, my preference is to help companies avoid crises in the first place.

Whether your role is in risk assessment and/or management, legal services, human resources, or employee relations, it is important to hone your skills in both proactive crisis-avoidance and creative problem-solving.

In this blog series, I will highlight some of the most common traps I’ve seen companies fall into when it comes to avoiding and resolving conflict. The first is failing to anticipate and plan for high-risk situations.

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Topics: HR Compliance, Employment Law, Harassment Investigations

Emtrain in the News!

Posted by Allison Baker

October 27, 2016

We have some very exciting things going on at Emtrain: we just launched our Managing Unconscious Bias Program and we’re in the process of updating Preventing Workplace Harassment to a multi-media course.

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Topics: diversity, Unconscious Bias

Top 10 Workplace Investigation Mistakes: Part 2

Posted by Patti Perez

October 20, 2016

This article was drafted by the attorneys of Ogletree Deakins, a labor and employment law firm representing management, and is reprinted with permission. This information should not be relied upon as legal advice.


In part one of this two-part series, we covered five of the most common mistakes that employers make while conducting workplace investigations, including poor complaint mechanisms, ignoring employee complaints, failing to adequately plan an investigation, and failing to be objective while investigating employees. In part two, we will review five additional common—and costly—mistakes.

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Topics: HR Compliance, workplace harassment, Harassment Investigations

Top 10 Workplace Investigation Mistakes: Part 1

Posted by Patti Perez

October 18, 2016

This article was drafted by the attorneys of Ogletree Deakins, a labor and employment law firm representing management, and is reprinted with permission. This information should not be relied upon as legal advice.


Resolving conflict in the workplace is a key issue for employers. Legal requirements have continued to expand in terms of what courts expect employers to do in order to prevent and correct wrongful behavior.

In response, employers have increased mechanisms through which employees can lodge complaints related to their work environments.

Employees have embraced their ability to provide information to their employers about problems they are experiencing, which has exponentially increased the importance of conflict resolution.

HR and other professionals are now expected to be experts at conducting workplace investigations and resolving conflict in the workplace. In 20 years of resolving workplace conflicts, I have seen employers do many things well and have also seen employers make key mistakes.

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Topics: HR Compliance, Employment Law, Harassment Investigations

The Strategy Female White House Staffers Used to Get Their Ideas Heard

Posted by Allison Baker

October 14, 2016

A recent study found that listeners (both male and female) are biased against female speakers even if they say the exact same thing as a man.

This can be problematic in day-to-day interactions, but especially in a professional environment where women are trying to get their ideas heard. In meetings and brainstorming sessions, women can get sidelined in meetings or be downright ignored.

As you can imagine, women in the White House faced similar challenges in getting their voices heard and getting credit when they did speak up.

What did the female white house staffers do? They teamed up to develop a strategy.

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Topics: diversity, Unconscious Bias