Planning for Success in 2012
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"Planning for Success in 2012" will provide a clear undertanding of how to think about and design your annual plan for effective implementation in 2012. The webinar will identify the essential elements of a good plan and provide solid usable tips about how to develop each of the elements.
2012 Workplace & Employment Law Update
News You Can Use
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With so many changes happening so quickly in today's world, how do you sort through the mess and focus on what's important?
News, not noise
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November 9, 2011
Burbank Airport Marriott
November 10, 2011
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November 15, 2011
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November 18, 2011
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December 1, 2011
Parc 55 Wyndham San Francisco / Union Square
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Looking to the latter half of 2011, there is one workplace trend that many employers are looking toward implementing – a comprehensive workplace learning strategy.
United States Supreme Court Validates Employers Group Legal Committee Opinion and Hands Wal-Mart a Big Victory
Supporting the opinion of the Amicus Brief filed by Employers Group’s Legal Committee, the high court halts Sex Discrimination suit
Employers Group’s Position Regarding the Dukes v. Wal-Mart Case
The Employers Group Legal Committee filed an amicus brief with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal arguing that each employee’s claim of gender discrimination was individualized and, therefore, class certification was not appropriate. The Committee also argued that, given the size of the potential class, the case was not practically suitable for class action status. The multiple discrimination claims against Wal-Mart can not be collective, rather to be handled on a case-by-case basis. The recent United States Supreme Court decision mirrors the opinion held by Employers Group.
So, you have recruited the perfect team. Well done! The rising stars and coming contenders of your industry are all housed under a single roof. You breath easy and take a well-deserved break.
Ten minutes later, you look out through the fogged glass of your corner office to see the best minds of your generation destroyed by fighting, complaining, and petty politics. Where you thought you had a well-oiled machine, suddenly you are stuck with a bowl of full betta fish. Enter employee team-building. Below are some ways to keep everyone on the same page.
1) Get Creative!
So maybe your office bends away from the "jock" side of the spectrum toward the "intellectual" side. If you want to get the creative juices pumping, get the employees to work together to create something fun. You could probably use a new video on your website anyway-bring a camera into the office, leave for a couple hours, then see what they come up with.
PROTIP: The video will be about you. It may include questionable content. Be prepared to have a sense of humor about yourself. If that is too difficult, consider haveing them design an in-office logo, a team mascot, a t-shirt design, or a new slogan. They'll be working together to create something worthwhile.
2) Get Classic
Three-legged races, tug-of-war, trust falls, and about a hundred other employee team building practices may be horrible cliches, but they are horrible cliches for a good reason. They are easy to set up, effective, inexpensive, and quick enough that employees who dislike horribly cliched employee team-building games won't have to deal with them for very long. A personal recommendation: find a high wall and have them work as a team to get everyone to the other side. If you have once depended on a teammate outside of the office, you will likely feel better about depending on them inside the office.
PROTIP: Use these exercises, but don't overdo it. Some less enthusiastic employees may find being hoisted over a wall to be slightly "undigified".
3) Get Sporty
Sure, you've heard this one before, but there's a reason for that. People will work better as a metaphorical team if they work together as a literal team. Add to that the natural endorphins and good health that accompanies a solid workout, coupled with a good dose of cathartic competition. Ask around and see what sport gets the most interest - some great options are: softball, soccer, flag football, ultimate frisbee, or minigolf. Whatever you choose, it all comes out to happier, healthier, team-ier employees.
PROTIP: Want some super-practical, super-effective team biulding that employees will super-appreciate? Schedule in an optional workout break just before lunch and go as a group. Sign up your whole team through BetterWorks and revel in a steep discount on the best gyms nearby.
4) Get Talking
Give employees something they want to talk about. Break everyone up into smaller groups and encourage them to share the craziest/most embarassing they have ever done. Make it competitive so the really fun stuff comes out. Then see which group has the single best story. It will break down barriers and afterwards they might not take each quite so harshly.
PROTIP: Caution: Now is not the time to talk about questionable trading practices or anything like that. Set up some ground rules as how much sharing might be "too much". We want to share, not scare!
5) Get Some Food
Since the dawn of time, meals have been a social, recreational experience. Allowing employees to eat a sack lunch behind their desk isn't just a missed opportunity for teamwork, it's against the natural order of things. According to Kyle Ewing, Talent and Outreach Programs Manager at Google, "The [group] meals create an environment for you to have conversations you wouldn't have in your office. That's how some of our best ideas have been born". Bring your team together for a group meal and see what develops from their causal conversations. Feeling ambitious? Rent out a restaurant and send the chefs home - see what your employees can cook up in the kitchen!
PROTIP: Encouraging group orders and social eating by giving out a food budget can be one of the simplest ways to encourage team-building (not to mention winning the undying love of one and all). When you use employee perks, employees are able to place group orders wtih the budget that you give them at nearly any restaurant they like.
Final words of wisdom: Bond. Have fun. Be Safe. Remember - this is employee team-building, not Spring Break!
Visit BetterWorks for more information on employee perks & employee teambuilding.
BetterWorks is a trusted vendor of Employers Group and is part of our EG Advantage program. Please visit www.egadvantage.com for more information on this valuable Employers Group member benefit.
One of the most sensitive issues to address in the workplace is body odor. This problem can be unpleasant and awkward for all concerned—the offender, other employees, and Human Resources. And it’s not a rare situation—some HR managers have to deal with the matter once or twice a year in offices as well as in manual labor settings.