Harvard's e-mail scandal raises questions of workplace privacy | How the MLS increased retention among new sales associates | Employer turns unused closet into a nap room
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March 13, 2013
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Harvard's e-mail scandal raises questions of workplace privacy
Many Harvard faculty members have expressed dismay since learning that the university secretly searched the e-mail accounts of 16 deans, but court cases involving workplace privacy indicate that Harvard probably didn't do anything illegal, L.V. Anderson writes. Even if employees can show that they have a reasonable expectation of privacy in their work e-mail accounts, employers can still monitor workers' e-mails if they have a good reason to do so, Anderson writes. Slate (3/11), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/10)
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Recruiting & Retention
How the MLS increased retention among new sales associates
Major League Soccer sends new sales associates to its sales center in Minnesota for two to three months to train, MLS' Bryant Pfeiffer says. Since the program was instituted, performance has improved and the retention rate among new sales associates has increased 20%, Pfeiffer says. "Our teams needed help accelerating their recruiting processes and finding stronger talent. So we started thinking, why don't we create a program at the national level?" he says. PassionOnPurposeBlog.com (3/11)
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Yahoo's new hiring practices are getting pushback, sources say
Hiring policies instituted by Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer reportedly have caused some grumbling among employees who believe the policies make it more difficult for Yahoo to hire top talent. Mayer personally reviews every recruit, and some employees say she rejects good candidates if they don't have impressive pedigrees. Mayer's supporters say that her policies have brought discipline to the company's hiring. Reuters (3/12)
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Benefits & Compensation
Employer turns unused closet into a nap room
Employees at a New Jersey investment firm are allowed to sign up twice a week for 20-minute nap periods. The firm remodeled an unused closet into a nap room, adding a fountain, a recliner and an unused rug. "I don't even drink coffee anymore because [after a nap] you don't need to," said employee James Colleary, who pushed for the nap room. Asbury Park Press (Neptune-Asbury Park, N.J.) (3/11)
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L.L. Bean workers will get 7.5% performance bonuses
L.L. Bean says it plans to give its 5,000 full-time and part-time employees bonuses worth 7.5% of their salaries. "We ended the year with a modest gain in net sales over the prior year, but significant improvement in productivity," CEO Chris McCormick said in a statement. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model)/Business Updates blog (3/8)
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Regulatory & Legal Update
Companies attempt to invalidate NLRB decisions
Several companies, as they attempt to challenge the National Labor Relations Board's rulings, have cited an appeals court decision that found President Barack Obama's appointments to the board were unconstitutional. The large number of challenges related to the court's decision is causing delays for the NLRB, according to Lafe Solomon, acting general counsel for the agency. The Wall Street Journal (3/8)
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The HR Leader
Want that promotion? Step up your leadership game
Leadership advancement begins with wanting to advance, Jennifer Miller writes. Then, you need to cultivate advocates in senior management, be active in strategic meetings and be connected within the organization and not just within your silo, Miller says. "It's not enough for you to be ready to take on a bigger role at work; you also must be seen as being ready," she writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (3/12)
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Workplace Chatter
The tales of NYC sanitation workers
Cities need sanitation workers to survive, but they've largely toiled invisibly until now. Cultural anthropologist and author Robin Nagle studied New York City's sanitation department for more than a decade and even worked on a crew for two years -- experiences she details in the book "Picking Up." Pacific Standard magazine (March-April 2013)
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