Author Archives: Sheryl McAtee

Workplace Harassment: Assessing the Burden of Proof

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Allegations of harassment can raise strong feelings of anger, guilt, defensiveness and vulnerability. Amidst this emotion, the people handling the incident must consider what the burden of proof will be when assessing what to do when someone is accused of harassing someone else. That burden can vary, depending on a number of factors. Relationship: Are…
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Beyond the Buzzwords: Recognizing Workplace Harassment

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Workplace harassment is prohibited under several Federal Acts (or laws) — these laws prohibit discrimination based on sex, age, disability, religion, disability and many other factors. Beyond the buzzwords of legal documents, however, the threshold of harassment can be sometimes hard to establish. Here are some examples: Emily is known for being demanding and direct…
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Work-Life Balance Tips: There’s an App for That!

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In today’s workplaces, more people have mobile devices and laptops — which offers new flexibilities, but also creates new pressures to be online 24/7. The traditional “9 to 5” workplace is quickly fading away. How can employees manage increased demands at home and at work?   Effective work-life balance is often about effective time management….
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Work vs. Life — The Ultimate Showdown

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Work-Life Integration: Supporting the Future of Work Life Balance The only constant is change, and how we see work-life balance is no different.  Workplaces are evolving to focus more on knowledge work than factory work, and to focus more on real-time service to customers. Here are some future-focused tips and activities for managers working in…
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Continuing Education: The Business Case

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Continuing education is an investment that benefits both organizations and employees; to sell its importance, employees need to communicate the value of that investment in a win-win way. Too often though, employees try to justify continuing education by describing its benefits to them individually —rather than by describing the benefits to the organization.  Let’s look…
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How to Love Lifelong Learning: Five Options for Continuing Education

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Continuing education is part of lifelong learning — and we are never done!  Whether you have been out of school for years, or you are looking for the next educational experience after finishing your MBA, learning opportunities are everywhere. This article reviews five different types of continuing education that professionals often choose to engage with….
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Women in Leadership

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We recently worked with a female leader who had gotten feedback from a 360-degree feedback exercise. The feedback was positive, with constructive comments on the leader’s strengths and a few suggestions for expanding her impact as the organization grew. This leader was clearly making a positive difference in her organization. Several of the feedback providers…
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Leadership Skills for the Future

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The world is an uncertain and fast-moving place, and the leadership skills needed in the past are not the ones that will get you to the future.  Here are four leadership skills and characteristics that are particularly important in this environment: Technology and Process Savviness: While a lot of leadership articles talk about the importance…
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