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2/22/2018

Save salary negotiations until after you receive an offer, say recruiters from Fortune's list of "100 Best Companies to Work For." Be targeted and strategic with your job applications to avoid wasting anyone's time, including your own.

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2/22/2018

The Unicode Consortium has added a pair of legs to its upcoming lobster emoji after Maine residents complained that it only featured eight legs. The lobster emoji is among 157 emojis planned for release this year.

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2/22/2018

British employers should raise awareness among employees about domestic abuse, train managers on how to identify victims and offer options for getting help, writes Elizabeth Filkin of the Employers' Initiative on Domestic Abuse. "Given the cost of domestic abuse to business at a time when the UK's productivity is falling, it is more important than ever that employers do more to tackle the issue," Filkin writes.

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2/22/2018

HR should strengthen policies aimed at preventing workplace harassment and discrimination and never ignore star employees' behavior, says Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Commissioner Chai Feldblum. Employers should provide anti-harassment training programs and establish a reporting and investigative process, Feldblum says.

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2/22/2018

Having the right values in place leads to better work outcomes, writes David DeSteno. "Because of the connection between these emotions and grit and social connection, managers who cultivate gratitude, compassion, and pride in their team will see increased productivity and well-being of their workers," he writes.

2/22/2018

John Stix, co-founder of Fibernetics, transformed his company's culture by focusing on happiness and encouraging workers to help each other out. "We invested heavily in what happiness meant for us, transforming our offices with a new gym and personal trainers, and we hired a naturopathic doctor to conduct physical, mental and emotional tests on our staff," he says.

2/22/2018

Company boards of directors should set up committees to oversee the risks posed by employee sexual misconduct and make sure the committee has members with an HR background, writes Subodh Mishra based on insights from Etelvina Martinez. Policies should include penalties for violators, and companies should provide incentives for executives who maintain a safe workplace.

2/22/2018

Employees who receive health and safety training are more confident in noticing hazards and reporting injuries and accidents, a New Zealand survey says. "Health and safety training not only builds skills, confidence and empowers workers to speak up, it also contributes to a happier, safer and more productive workplace," says Alison Molloy of Site Safe.

2/22/2018

Grey Group Singapore changed its workplace culture to focus on health and wellness, training and fun activities, with HR organizing the structure before turning over the programs to employees, says HR executives Rossana Quagliana and Rumki Fernandes. The result has been a workplace where nearly nine in 10 employees say they're satisfied.

2/21/2018

Late-night talk show host Tavis Smiley is suing PBS after sexual misconduct allegations led to his firing. Smiley has denied his behavior created a "verbally abusive and threatening environment" for women and says the network used the accusations as an excuse to force him out.

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