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Inside Human Resources (Apr 3rd, 2019)

1. Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden plans to continue his campaign for presidency despite multiple allegations of being too touchy with women. Nevada assembly woman Lucy Flores wrote an essay detailing how Biden inappropriately kissed her head when they met in 2014. Biden said he is taking these allegations seriously, but denies they ever happened. – CNN

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2. Massachusetts-based HR software company PrismHR announced its acquisition of cloud-based software company AgileHR on Tuesday. The acquisition announcement comes two months after the two companies integrated and became available to customers through PrismHR’s platform. PrismHR CEO Gary Noke said the acquisition of the Kansas-based company will make their products more robust for talent managers who use their solutions. – WORCHESTER BUSINESS JOURNAL

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3. Jargon watch: Emotional intelligence— Emotional intelligence is one’s ability to recognize and manage emotions within themselves and others. It helps leaders build and deliver strategies that satisfy the needs of both employees and the task at hand. When used properly, emotional intelligence can improve workplace productivity and employee satisfaction, which can lead to greater employee retention for businesses.

The first Wednesday of each month will feature the definition of a term heavily used within the HR community.
 

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4. Federal lawmakers considered adding a clause to the Title VII bill that would offer sexual orientation and gender identity protection in the workplace. The U.S. House Committee reintroduced the possibility of enacting H.R.5, or the Equality Act, into law to protect members of the LGBTQ community from discrimination in the workplace. The bill had previous failed attempts for being enacted into law in 2015 and 2017. – HR DIVE 

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Workforce Wednesday- How sexual harassment from Mad Men exists today
By Nick Shekeryk

At its core, the popular AMC drama, Mad Men, was a show portraying the dark and corrupt world of high-powered advertising agency executives in New York City during the 1960s. The high-functioning, booze-swilling, chain-smoking, extramaritally-fornicating men of Sterling Cooper were part of a workplace culture that deemed these acts not only normal, but they were also encouraged.

The award-winning show also captured the trials and tribulations of the agency’s women who endured this unruly behavior while under the thumb of men who treated them like objects rather than people. Though society has come a long way since the ’60s, some things have remained the same— and one of them is sexual harassment of women in the workplace. But thanks to a recent increase in public awareness, many organizations are actively making a change to protect employees from this particular brand of on-the-job misconduct.

According to a 2016 report from the EEOC, at least 25% of women have experienced sexual harassment at work— and that’s just in the United States alone. This means no less than 1 in 4 women have fallen victim to some aspect of either having their job being contingent upon providing sexual favors or they have faced a hostile work environment due to sexual misconduct.

In our new, progressive world that supposedly promotes equality for all, why are so many women still being harassed in the workplace? The enforcement of zero-tolerance policies and mandatory sexual harassment training have been helpful, but we still have a long way to go. The era of Mad Men may still be somewhat present in today’s society, but if we continue the conversation about it, we can get closer to making it nothing more than a sad tale from our past.

Every Wednesday we'll feature an aspect of the workforce that is relevant to the world of human resources. We will include links to resources for learning more. If you have ideas for an interesting HR-related story we can feature, or anything else you'd like to see us cover, hit reply to this email!

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5. George Washington University in D.C. is looking to revitalize its HR department and hopes to add a new chief people officer to improve staffing and recruitment. – THE GW HATCHET

6. A survey by Unum revealed that only 25 percent of employers are trained to properly handle mental health issues, which is a stark contradiction to the 76 percent of employees who believe their manager is properly trained. – HR DIVE

7. Gig economy, or short-term projects, have become increasingly prevalent in today’s workforce. The constant shuffle of project-based employees means businesses will need to adapt to emerging HR technology to keep track of all the moving parts. – ENTREPRENEUR INDIA

8. New York-based HR tech firm Buck is looking to double its number of employees at its Fort Wayne, IN office by hiring 50 people this year. – GREATER FORT WAYNE BUSINESS WEEKLY

9. Emotional intelligence, leadership, and networking could help a company overcome a rocky growth transition. Boss Magazine offers some tips on how to find triumph in adversity. – BOSS MAGAZINE

10. According to a survey from Olivet Nazarene University, nearly 75 percent of people wish they had a mentor at work while only 37 percent admitted to having one. – HR DIVE

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Nick Shekeryk has a professional background rich in digital marketing and media. His work has appeared in The Seattle Times, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, New York Post, The Post-Standard, and on MSN.com, among others. He has a graduate degree in journalism from Syracuse University, as well as creative writing and philosophy degrees from Seattle University. He lives in Seattle, WA, and spends his spare time playing and coaching baseball, running half marathons, and seeing as much live music as possible. You can follow Nick on Twitter at @NickShekeryk.

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