Author: Empathic Workplace

The Benefits and Challenges of Working in a Multi-Generational Workforce

It turns out that most people believe variety is the spice of life, at least in terms of working in an environment that includes people of all ages. In their second quarter report on work insights for 2018, the employment agency Randstad indicated that 86 percent of survey respondents indicated that they prefer to work on teams with many age groups represented. Most respondents also stated that working with others 10 to…

Do You Work in a Toxic Workplace?

70% of people say they wouldn’t work for an industry leader if they felt the environment was toxic. 77% say they would leave. Millennials say they would take an average $7,600 pay cut if it meant moving into a healthier work environment. And studies show that a toxic work environment can cut productivity by as much as 20%. What’s a toxic work environment costing us as companies? Increased turnover? Trouble hiring?…

A Robot Walks Into a Bar, But Can It Do Comedy?

Artificial intelligence (AI) has taken the world by storm over the past several years. From smartphone applications that give us driving directions to personal assistants like Amazon’s Alexa to smart home lighting systems, robotic intelligence has become an accepted part of everyday life. People love convenience and are willing to pay what the manufacturers ask in exchange for an easier life. The arts, and in particular stand-up comedy, are one…

2018 Will Be The Year of Harassment Training

The most common requests lawyers have received are for sexual harassment training in 2018 and help with internal investigations. Strong training programs and comprehensive internal complaint mechanisms put employers in a better position to defend themselves from liability when complaints are made against them. Employers are not expected to monitor every action taking place within their workplaces, but they must take reasonable steps to prevent harassment and assault from occurring…

Still hanging on to that old sexual harassment policy?

If your firm is like many companies, someone wrote your sexual harassment policy 20 years ago. And you have likely  not updated it since then right? Well, it’s time to dust it off. It may even be time to blow it up in the wake of the new epidemic of sexual harassment. Of course, Empathic Workplace would like to help, if you need. But whoever provides the consulting and legal…

The Way to Truly Prevent Harassment Is ….

Training is a good idea, and required, but…. the way to truly prevent harassment is to create a workplace culture in which disrespectful conduct is not tolerated. An Empathic Workplace has three distinct processes: (1) culture change (long term) (2) harassment prevention training (short term) (3) investigations (immediate) This article from the Omaha World-Herald supports this approach. Read The Article