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Civility at Work


“All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten,” proclaimed Robert Fulghum over two decades ago in his hugely popular book of the same name. Basic principles that Fulghum learned in kindergarten include playing fair, not taking things that aren’t yours, and saying you’re sorry when you hurt somebody. While this behavior is often taught to children, numerous studies reveal that it needs to be taught to adults at work as well.


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Cell Phones and Work


Ninety-three percent of the US population owns or uses a cell phone, according to CTIA, the International Association for the Wireless Telecommunications Industry. While cell phones have many benefits, they also present many drawbacks for employers.


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Get rid of your “use it or lose it” vacation policy


Even though a “use it or lose it” vacation policy has been illegal in California for years, having such a policy made the California Chamber of Commerce’s top ten list of things employers do to get sued (released on July 19). This implies that some employers still have such policies in place and are being sued as a result. If you are an employer, here is some information about vacation policies that will hopefully help you stay out of court.


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Employers’ Response to Complaints is Critical


To paraphrase a popular saying, “stuff happens.” As the following court case demonstrates, when stuff happens in the employment world, an employer’s inept response to complaints about it can make life stuffier for said employer.


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Acting Professionally


Almost 50 years ago, local music legend Buck Owens recorded the song, “Act Naturally.” Written by Johnny Russell and Voni Morrison, the #1 Billboard Country Single tells the story of a man who is staring in a film “about a man that’s sad and lonely, and all I have to do is act naturally.” It appears to me that many people act naturally while at work, when what they should be doing is acting professionally instead.


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There’s More to Motivating than Money


“Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort,” said Franklin D. Roosevelt. Easy for him to say – he was filthy rich. However, according to lots of research on the subject, he was right. That’s good news for employers who want their employees to be happy and motivated but don’t have a lot of money to give them.


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