How to Prevent Past Employees from Degrading Your Business on Social Media

Social media allows us to stay connected and say what’s on our minds, much like having circles of friends has done for thousands of years. Unfortunately, social media has one significant drawback that a circle of friends does not: it…

The Oregon Equal Pay Act: What Employers Need to Know

Oregon’s Equal Pay Act, which takes effect in October 2017, expands the state’s laws regarding wage disparities among employees. It also changes several rules for employers. Here, we cover some of the key points of the law. What’s Changing? The…

Why Offering Paid Parental Leave Could Give You an Edge on Your Competition

The movement for paid parental leave is gathering momentum in the United States, with several states and localities passing paid leave policies in recent years. If you’re not in one of these locations, offering paid parental leave can give you…

OSHA Audit: Reduce the Risk of Workplace Accidents This Summer

From slippery snow and ice in winter to the risks of people and materials overheating in summer, every season presents its own challenges to workplace safety. But despite knowing this, many workplaces don’t reevaluate safety or assess new risks on…

Arizona’s Paid Sick Leave Law: What Your Company Needs to Know

Beginning July 1, 2017, Arizona joined California in requiring paid sick leave for employees. The new law was approved by Arizona voters in November 2016 as part of Proposition 206, which also increased the state’s minimum wage. It applies to…

Hiring for Purpose (Not Just Potential)

Many hiring managers focus on candidates’ potential or performance when deciding whom to hire. While these factors matter, narrowing your search exclusively to those candidates with good performance or the “raw matter” of potential overlooks an equally vital quality: purpose.…

8 TED Talks to Help Jumpstart Staff Innovation

"Where do you get your ideas?" Ask any innovator, and they’ll tell you, “Everywhere.” Chances to innovate are all around us, but we often miss them if we’re not in the right frame of mind for innovation. Here are eight…

The Best Leaders Have Mastered These Traits

There are many effective ways to lead. Compare great leaders from various areas of expertise, however, and you’ll see a pattern emerge: No matter how disparate their leadership styles, the best leaders have all mastered a certain set of traits.…

Midyear Check: 2017 Seattle Hiring Trends

Seattle continues to have one of the fastest-growing local economies in the country, with professional and business service jobs growing at a rate higher than that of Washington state and the U.S. in general. While this is promising news for…

6 Tips for Letting an Employee Go

“We’re sorry, but we’re letting you go.” These words are never easy to say, but you can end the relationship smoothly and create a situation in which finding replacement staff members is easier. Whether you are letting a staff member…