Companies can harness arbitration agreements to prevent employees from pursuing class actions in labor disputes, the US Supreme Court has ruled. The court's more conservative justices accounted for the majority in the 5-4 decision.
Many company rewards programs fail to impress employees, a Bersin by Deloitte study says. Successful programs align rewards with business goals and should consider offering flexible work schedules and lower health care premiums, HR leaders say.
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Managing emotional responses in social interactions, including online situations, is key to effective collaboration, writes Bill Benjamin of the Institute for Health and Human Potential. Benjamin offers tips for responding in tense situations, including maintaining positive assumptions about other people and judging others' intentions as you would your own.
A 10% year-over-year increase in Google searches for "vacation" during April shows workers are comfortable enough financially to take time away from work, DataTrek Research co-founder Nicholas Colas says. The trend also indicates workers have enough job security to be comfortable taking vacations, Colas says.
Support mental health in the workplace by talking about it openly, setting policies to protect and accommodate employees and offering wellness programs, writes Michelle Jackson of Unum. "While technology and our always-on culture make it hard to disconnect, encourage employees to set device-off times so they can fully recharge before the next day," Jackson writes.