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How companies decide to lay off workers

Jan 5, 2023
Layoffs are often one of the first ways companies cut costs. But they don’t take them lightly because there’s a lot at stake, not least employee goodwill and public image.
Amazon is beginning layoffs again after starting staff cuts in November. The layoffs are impacting roughly 5% of Amazon's workforce.
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How will employers perceive long-term unemployment in this moment?

Aug 7, 2020
Traditionally, employers question big gaps in work history. But because of the pandemic, they may be more understanding.
A "now hiring" sign at a store in Arlington, Virginia.
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Reflecting, rebranding ... but can HR repair its reputation?

Jul 17, 2019
At the annual conference of the Society for Human Resource Management, concerned HR executives reviewed practices and traded ideas.
Delegates mingle at the 2019 SHRM annual conference.
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The role of human resources in workplace harassment

Phyllis Hartman, an HR expert, talks to us about the challenges HR faces when dealing with issues of a potentially hostile workplace.
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Tips for how to handle a toxic workplace

Organizational psychologist Karlyn Borysenko needed an out from her job. So she learned how to direct her energy on formulating an exit strategy, instead of expending it on the stress at work.
The "Office Space" character Joanna (played by Jennifer Aniston) with her boss.
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What do you do when your company has no HR department?

Nov 22, 2017
Have proof that you let your company know about an issue, even if there's no formal department to address it.
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Ask a Manager: What's the deal with food at work?

Alison Green of Ask a Manager answers your questions about office food dos and don'ts.

Ask A Manager: Is it okay to bring my kid to work?

Alison Green of Ask A Manager answers listener questions.
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Can HR tell you what not to do and say outside of the office?

Aug 18, 2017
In the wake of white nationalist rallies in Charlottesville, a discussion of free speech and hate speech as they relate to the workplace.
A crowd marches from the White House on August 13, 2017 in Washington, DC, to a statue of Confederate General Albert Pike, the only member of the Confederate military with an outdoor statue in US capital, during a vigil in response to the death of a counter-protestor in the August 12th 'Unite the Right' rally that turnd violent in Charlottesville, Virginia.