The Mid-Year Review

June marks the halfway point in the year and serves as a great time to reevaluate our personal and professional goals and objectives, and take a step back and review where we are at, and what we need to do. Many of us start the new year out with a list of “to do” items; with an agenda filled with projects to complete, tasks to accomplish, and objectives to meet. (more…)

Nuts-and-Bolts: Summertime Wardrobes

In our last Nuts-and-Bolts post, we discussed some tips and tricks to avoid a scheduling disaster as your employees request time off during one of the busiest vacation seasons of the year. Another equally important factor that applies to dealing with summertime in the workplace is wardrobe. Heat waves are spreading across the country and employees are begging for a bit of leeway with regards to their office attire. How do you balance organizational policy and standards, while keeping your employees happy during these hot summer days? (more…)

Bring Back the Reasonableness!

A story of huge debate in recent news has been the case between an applicant and Abercrombie & Fitch, in which the clothing retailer declined to hire Samantha Elauf, an observant Muslim woman, because her head scarf violated Abercrombie & Fitch’s dress code policy of no head coverings. The Supreme Court has ruled against Abercrombie & Fitch, stating that the employee does not need to specifically ask for a religious accommodation and remanded the trial back to the lower courts. (more…)

Nuts-and-Bolts: Summer Vacation Scheduling

With summer temperatures rising, many employees and managers are thinking of warm summer days on the river, upcoming camping trips, and family barbecues. While it is healthy to take personal time and look forward to fun adventures, as employees and managers we have to make certain that work continues to progress and goals are being met. With vacations prevalent during the summer months, it is important to stay focused on business needs. (more…)