HR should consider state, federal and local laws when developing policies regarding employees' drug use, write Charlie Morgan and Christiane Nolton from Alston & Bird. "Employers will need to consider what substances to test for, including alcohol and marijuana in states that have legalized some form of use of the drug," they write.
A study suggests HR can do a better job of anticipating talent and leadership-development needs by combining talent and strategic planning and rethinking how learning and training are offered, writes Evan Sinar, vice president at DDI. "By giving leaders access to the types and ways of learning they prefer, HR can boost its status by being an adviser and accelerator of leadership growth," Sinar writes.
Chief HR officers and chief information officers should be co-managing change initiatives, including moving to the cloud and other technological challenges of a global organization, writes Ann Blakely of Baker Tilly. "Both parties need to listen closely to the other, take a lot of notes and formulate a road map," she writes.
Chief HR officers should approach the job like a CEO and align efforts to improve talent and workplace culture with business strategy, writes George Brooks of EY. "A strategic CHRO can foresee whether the business will face circumstances that impact the workforce or workplace, and then consider external or internal options," he writes.
Instead of offering impersonal praise, leaders should ask employees how they did such a good job and show them how their work helps the organization, writes Ron Carucci, co-founder and managing partner at Navalent. "Whether they sacrificed time with family, took on the emotional toil of doing something new or bore the political risks of a highly visible project, let people know that you understand the toll it took," he writes.
Flexible parental-leave policies that include reduced hours upon return and are embedded in the workplace culture help keep employees happy and engaged. "The more we can let people know they aren't alone and know that their colleagues juggle the same things, the better," says Jen Allyn of PwC.
To recruit and manage a virtual team successfully, make sure you understand people's individual needs and are communicating through multiple platforms, writes Beat Buhlmann. "In the interview process, make sure you're talking to applicants in the same way you'll talk to them on the job," Buhlmann writes.
Astronomers have accidentally discovered 12 more moons orbiting Jupiter, bringing the total to 79. One such moon, with the proposed name Valetudo, is an "oddball" moon that rotates in the same direction as Jupiter but has a bigger orbit than is commonly seen with such prograde moons.
Toxic management shreds employee morale and dismantles organizations, Marcel Schwantes writes. Schwantes identifies seven pernicious management qualities and practices to avoid, including narcissistic tendencies, stifling bureaucracies and hogging the spotlight.