What We’re Reading – September 2018

Redesigned W-4 Form to Launch in 2020
September 25, 2018
Retaliation: A Workplace Soap Opera
September 28, 2018
Redesigned W-4 Form to Launch in 2020
September 25, 2018
Retaliation: A Workplace Soap Opera
September 28, 2018

We scour the web for interesting and actionable HR news and information, so you don’t have to. Here are 10 curated stories that caught our attention this month.

Please Say Yes

In today’s tight labor market, it’s becoming increasingly common for candidates to turn down offers. There are three key changes you can make to increase the odds an offer will be accepted, such as salary transparency, a positive candidate experience, and managing your company’s online reputation.

Read more on Fast Company.

Who Thanks Whom?

It’s traditionally been the candidate who writes the post-interview thank-you note. But one recruiter offers solid reasoning for the idea that it should be the other way around. After all, the candidate is there to help the recruiter solve a staffing problem. This overall shift in mindset can also have other implications and make you a more attractive employer.

Read more on Recruiting Trends.

Managing Millennials

How do you manage Millennials? A large study says the same as everyone else. Or, more accurately, differently from everyone else, because every person of every age is an individual, and only 2 percent of their attitude is shaped by their generation.

Read more on Inc.

Generation Gaps

On the flip side, managers do report that communication differences and comfort with technology, among other things, can cause friction between workers born across multiple eras. While cautioning against following blanket stereotypes, a guide offers some strategies for bridging generational gaps.

Read more on Wall Street Journal Guides.

Employee Emotional Intelligence

There is a direct correlation between high emotional intelligence (EQ) and increased job performance. While some of a person’s EQ is innate, it generally improves with age and can be developed over time. Learn three steps employers can take to boost employee EQ.

Read more on Workforce.

Caring for Caregivers

Approximately 40 million Americans care for an adult for an average of 24 hours per week. More than half of these caregivers work full-time and report high levels of stress that negatively impact their work. What can you do to support workers who are caring for elderly parents, sick partners, or other loved ones?

Read more on HR Executive.

Medical and Pregnancy Leave Dos and Don’ts

The EEOC has filed a class-action disability and pregnancy discrimination lawsuit in federal court in New York against a group of senior care and nursing home facilities. The lawsuit provides a good roadmap from employers on what to do and what not to do to be compliant with EEOC, ADA, and FMLA rules.

Read more on Employment Labor Insider.

Temporary Worker Protections

OSHA recently released bulletins regarding the health and safety of temporary agency workers. The lines of responsibility between temporary staffing firms and host employers are at times murky, but OSHA reports it is committed to protecting temporary workers from workplace injury and illness by clarifying each party’s roles.

Read more on Business Insurance.

Seen and Heard

You interact with employees all day long, but how much of that is meaningful communication? Employees who feel seen and heard are more likely to remain at your organization. Ask these five questions to retain your top talent.

Read more on Recruiting Trends.

How the Great Recession Changed Workers

The Great Recession lasted just 18 months, but nearly a decade later, the employment landscape is still changed by it. An article by Wharton professors explains that the Great Recession accelerated some employment-related trends and arrested the development of others.

Read more on HR Executive.

About Rachel Sobel

Rachel Sobel is a seasoned writer, editor, and content strategist who produces ThinkHR’s webinars, blog, and newsletters as Content Editor for the Knowledge Operations team.

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