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November 2019
November is synonymous with at least two major calendar events — Veterans Day and Thanksgiving.
What is your company doing to include veterans in the workforce?

Hiring military veterans has proven to be a successful strategy; in addition to gaining high-performing employees with low turnover, companies generally earn enormous goodwill from customers and a public-image boost when they commit to hiring more military veterans.

And to all our veterans...thank you for your service!
Eileen's Lesson:
Happy November! It's getting a bit chilly these days. Yet, it seems like teenage boys are still wearing shorts!
My son was one of those crazy teenagers who wore shorts (and no winter coat) when it was clearly not shorts weather, even with a mother pleading for warmer attire. 

As you know, the weather in Maryland can be quite fickle. It can be 50 degrees one day, and 25 degrees the next. One 50 degree morning, my son came downstairs ready to go to school in shorts. Knowing that colder weather was on its way and that temperatures were due to drop by mid-day, I pleaded with my son to wear something warmer, and was told that I was being silly and that he was fine. 

What happened? The skies became ominous and the temperature dropped considerably. By the time school was dismissed and my son was due to walk home, it was downright yucky and 35 degrees. Clearly, not shorts weather.

I debated whether or not I should pick him up and drive him home. I really didn’t want him walking home wearing shorts and a light jacket in that weather. However, I decided against it. Guess what? My son wore long pants and a warm coat the next day.

Sometimes, no matter how many times we are told that something is a bad idea, the only way one learns is by trying it ourselves and failing. I know I could have forced my son to change for school that day. But what would he have learned?

Managing staff is no different. In order to develop a competent team, we need to let them move forward, make their own mistakes and learn. We can guide them and give advice, but once we do their jobs, or give them too much help, they won’t grow as professionals.
Need help managing your staff? Why not contact The HR Team for assistance?
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Powerful Strategies for Managing Change in the Workplace

"Change is the law of life and those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future." -John F. Kennedy For most people, the notion of change is unsettling to say the least. The possibility of failure may loom large.

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Too Much Structure in the Workplace Killing Your Creativity?

On one hand, they realize that people need room to pursue unconventional ideas, to express themselves, and to make their own decisions. At the same time, standardized procedures, guidelines and processes must exist to provide a framework.

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Industry News You Can Use
Fairer Layoffs: How Do You Decide Who Stays and Who Goes?

The trade war between the United States and China, plus the length of time that has passed since the last recession, have CEOs and HR leaders wondering when the next recession will be. Is it just around the corner? Are we entering it already?

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401(k) contribution limit increases to $19,500 for 2020

The Internal Revenue Service announced that employees in 401(k) plans will be able to contribute up to $19,500 next year. The IRS announced this and other changes in Notice 2019-59 (PDF).

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From our Facebook Page
How remote work is quietly remaking our lives

The changes remote work has introduced have happened so gradually you may not have noticed. But its growing popularity is remaking how we work, the tools we use to work, how we communicate at work, and even the hours we work.

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