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Leading Expert Reveals 2015 Corporate Holiday Party Trends

Company holiday parties are changing, and that’s a good thing

With the improving economy, more corporations will be throwing holiday parties this year. In fact, many HR departments are already deep into planning their holiday get-togethers, but it is time to consider the changing corporate culture. According to Nick Gianoulis, founder of The Fun Dept., a consulting and training company that has delivered more fun in the workplace than any other company in the world, holiday parties are evolving away from expensive traditional events held outside of working hours in which employees worry about drinking too much or doing something stupid that could scuttle their careers.

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Performance Review Failures — What Every Manager Needs to Do Before Year End to Take Dread Out of the Process

By Gayle Lantz, Workmatters …

Performance reviews create more stress toward the end of the year.

Many managers — and employees — dread the process.

Here are five common mistakes managers make when it comes to performance reviews and what you can do to instead.

1. Procrastinating. This is one of the most common failures. Managers become “too busy” to focus on employees. They keep putting off time to meet to review performance. Some even punt the appraisal process altogether. As a result, employees feel neglected, unimportant.

Performance Review Tip #1: Make delivering feedback a top priority. Commit to a specific date and time to do the employee evaluation, and make it stick. It will pay off when employees believe managers care enough to focus on what matters to them.

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Illinois Manufacturers’ Best Practices Webinar — Cyber Liability: New Exposures — November 19th at noon

Consider the following:

• Your general liability policy won’t cover web-based liabilities

• 43 percent of companies have had a data breach in the last 12 months (Ponemon Institute Study, Sept. 2014)

• As an employer, you may be liable for your employees’ actions on social media including: harassment, privacy violations and discrimination.

Register now to join Ryan Light of Manufacturers Insurance Services of Illinois for a detailed discussion of “Cyber Liability: New Exposures.”

Ryan Light is Senior Vice President, Manufacturers Insurance Services of Illinois, an Affinity Partner of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association. He is also a veteran in the risk management industry, holds a BS in Finance from Illinois State University and is a regular guest speaker for industry trade groups and associations.

Ryan will also be participating in a breakout session at this year’s IMA Annual Meeting on Friday, December 4, 2015, along with MIS’s own Brad Urhausen and Adam Hackman.

Don’t miss this important Webinar. Register here now.


Updated webpage consolidates information needed to comply with OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard

OSHA’s newly updated Hazard Communication webpage incorporates drop-down tabs to all topics related to the revised standard, including access to letters of interpretation, the standard, guidance documents and frequently asked questions. The revised webpage also includes a new international tab with access to the Regulatory Cooperation Council  information. Another new tab provides history and background on how OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard aligns with the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals.


Six Classic Hiring Horror Stories

From the G&A Partners blog …

When it comes to new employees, the majority of the discussion centers on recruitment. And perhaps rightly so — after all, if you can’t get the right people in the door, then anything else your company is doing really doesn’t matter.

But what about what happens after you manage to hire that star candidate? The recruitment process is just the beginning, and is merely a blip in comparison to the tenure an employee may have with your organization. And while the recruitment process may give you an idea of how the employee-employer relationship with a particular new hire will go, you don’t really know what you’re going to get until they actually start working for you. And occasionally, the wonderful person you thought you hired may not be who turns up on the new hire’s first day of employment.

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