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How seasonal allergies work — and why they make you so miserable

In recent days, millions of Americans have begun to suffer from runny noses, itchy eyes, and the constant urge to sneeze.
 
Roughly 25 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies, and there's one clear culprit for them — plant sperm. ...




5 times it’s OK to fire an employee on FMLA leave

Of course, you’d never to fire someone for taking FMLA leave. But perhaps the termination had been in the works long before the person took FMLA leave. It’s still a sticky situation, but a court recently outlined when it’s safe to say goodbye to someone on FMLA leave. ...




Why onboarding is not induction

I joined Paul Matthews and Liam Butler on the panel of Training Journal’s January webinar to discuss onboarding and how and if ‘learning and development can support new arrivals to deliver immediate performance’.
 
One key learning that came from the webinar was one point about ‘although they may overlap and compliment each other ultimately an induction is not onboarding’: this was raised because it's one of the most common mistakes businesses make and as a result often costs them good people. ...




Why Social Learning May Be Key to Solving Workplace Problems

Employees have always leaned on colleagues to help solve problems at work. Employers can take advantage of that and encourage social learning to help employees do so more easily.
 
Social learning is the collection and sharing of information learned from peers and from social media. ...




5 Ways to Improve Employee Care During an Uncertain Time

Health insurance turbulence shows little is for certain. Your team will appreciate you doing what you can to watch out for their well being.
 
Last month the U.S. Senate came within one vote of repealing the Affordable Care Act, seemingly ending the seven-year effort to repeal the law but leaving insurance markets roiled by uncertainty likely to persist. ...




Bleak New Data Show Just How Long Women Around The World Will Be Waiting For Equal Pay

Global gender equality declined this year for the first time since WEF began tracking it.
Women will have to wait more than two centuries ― 217 years ― to have the same job and wage opportunities as men around the world, new data suggests. ...




Viewpoint: Sexual Harassment Training for HR

Be strong enough to stand up to company leadership that might squelch harassment investigations
 
As a longtime HR practitioner (now retired), I cannot help but notice that one of the primary causes of our current sexual harassment crisis is not being addressed: the failure of HR to stand up to power. ...




Texas colleges feeling effects of decline in international students

A Global Expo at the University of Houston-Clear Lake this week...
 
Harsh Naik has felt a cultural shift on the University of Houston Clear Lake's campus this fall.
 
Fewer students are attending cricket club, the 28-year-old Indian student says, and the annual Diwali celebration was noticeably smaller. ...




Decreasing Inequality Means Increasing Access and Opportunity

Technology and financial literacy are essential life skills in today’s world.
Imagine an elementary school curriculum that didn’t include reading or math. Imagine if we didn’t teach children how to spell, show them how to tell time, or help them learn how a calendar works. ...




Florida universities to hire more mental-health counselors

Spurred by the state Board of Governors, Florida universities will hire 56 mental-health professionals this year and a total of 105 over the next four years.
 
The Board of Governors, which oversees the university system, has been advocating for more mental-health spending from the Legislature over the past two years, with data showing more students need the services and that many students face serious psychological challenges, including stress, anxiety, depression and thoughts of suicide. ...