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What Should You Consider Before Firing an Employee?

Laws About Firing Employees

There are plenty of laws at the state and federal level that pertain to firing employees. Some states have rigid guidelines and restrictions even above what’s mandated at the federal level.

Other states have more lax firing laws, but regardless, there are some general concepts to be aware of. If you or one of your supervisors or managers fires an employee in a way that could be viewed as illegal, there can be huge financial and legal ramifications. Continue reading

Are There Alternatives To Firing Employees?

If it can be avoided, it’s better to find alternatives to firing an employee. In our previous post we talked about the risks a business faces when they do fire someone. The risks range from lawsuits and legal implications to the loss of trade secrets or damage to your brand. Continue reading

The Risks of Firing Employees

In this series of posts, we’re talking about something that affects a lot of businesses, small and large: the risks associated with firing an employee. If a firing isn’t handled the right way, it can ultimately mean huge financial or legal ramifications for a business. Despite the pitfalls that can come with firing employees, it’s not an area a lot of organizations focus on regarding training or preparing. This series of articles covers recent news stories related to high-profile firing, the risks of firing employees, legal considerations to keep in mind, and how to train employees on proper protocols. Continue reading

How To Build an Effective, Modern Diversity and Inclusion Strategy

In this article series, we’ve been focusing on all-things diversity and inclusion. Diversity and inclusion are huge topics of conversation in the business world right now. From the #MeToo movement to concerns about Silicon Valley not having enough diversity among employees, it’s always in the media. Continue reading

Why Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives Fail – and How To Do Things Differently

In our previous posts, we talked about the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, the business value it brings, and how some businesses are doing it well. There’s another issue to discuss here, however. Continue reading

Companies Doing Diversity and Inclusion Right

Diversity vs. Inclusion or Diversity and Inclusion?

In our previous post, we discussed the business value of diversity and inclusion. Ideas of diversity and inclusion in the workplace aren’t simply terms that are thrown around. They should be real, specific and measurable components of a business strategy.

Before you can build an effective strategy that feels relevant and modern in 2018, some distinctions should be made between diversity and inclusion. The terms are often used together, and they do intersect with one another, but they also have distinctions that are important. Continue reading

The Business Case for Diversity and Inclusion in 2018

Why Diversity Matters

Diversity and inclusion are two terms that in the business world were more about theories and concepts than actually putting them into practices. It’s not that most businesses actively tried not to focus on diversity and inclusion. Continue reading

The Ultimate Guide to Corporate Apprenticeship Programs

U.S. employers are facing a major issue right now. They don’t have the talent they need. The skills gap is one of the biggest things driving forward business decisions, and it’s difficult to solve for most employers. Without successfully being able to source skilled talent, businesses risk falling behind in terms of innovation and competitiveness. One option to address the issue is the development of a formal apprenticeship program. Continue reading

#MeToo, Executive Training, and Employment Practices Liability: What To Know

Changes In Insurance After #MeToo

According to a recent article on Forbes.com, more CEOs and top company executives are being forced into corporate training programs following the #MeToo movement. The reason isn’t necessarily because they’re becoming more enlightened on topics of sexual harassment and hoping to better themselves. Instead, more carriers that offer Employment Practices Liability (EPL) insurance are demanding it. Continue reading

eLearning Chatbots: The Future of Corporate Learning and Training?

Chatbots are computer software programs that can engage in conversations with human users, or at least simulate a conversation-like interaction, whether by text messaging or voice chat with a simulated voice. Why is this important? In short, a lot of people are interested in figuring out how to automate interactions between customers and a company, such as in customer service. Extending the concept to eLearning could mean using chatbots to help deliver various kinds of training or learning content. Do eLearning chatbots really have a role to play in corporate learning and training efforts? Continue reading