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Super Bowl betting poses dangers in the workplace


So you ask what does the Super Bowl have to do with the American workplace, except for lost productivity at the water cooler the Monday after the Big Game? Why, the Super Bowl is quite possibly the best reminder about the dangers of betting in the workplace. Since the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots… Read More →

‘Athleisure’ dresses up casual-wear for the workplace

Lou & Grey

“The Business Fashionista” is AZ Big Media’s fashion blog for the business-minded. It examines the dos, don’ts and musts of the modern fashionista who wants to stay in step with the latest trends in the workplace. Leave it to the fashion industry to invent yet another broad, confusing term… “athleisure.” If you’re confused and pondering… Read More →

Event planners create altruistic team-building projects


Falling back into your boss’ arms to build trust is about as fresh as the “chicken dance.” “We are moving into an era where people need to give trust by being 100 percent engaged with their co-workers,” said Todd Davis, founder of Fun Coach USA. “Statistics say only 30 percent of 100 million workers are… Read More →

Language issues become workplace legal issues

by in Featured | Legal | Workforce

Two Whole Foods grocery store employees in Albuquerque were recently suspended after getting in a dispute with their manager over speaking Spanish in the workplace. That incident raises an employment law question that leaves many Arizona employers scratching their heads: Can employers require their employees to only speak English in the workplace? The answer to… Read More →

Arizona Employers Learn Workplace Violence Prevention

Flexible Workplaces
by in Events | Featured | Legal | Workforce

The Phoenix business community has already experienced several tragedies, with the first workplace shooting of the year in January, and the most recent incident involving a personal relationship issue erupting into another workplace shooting. Though the circumstances leading to these violent outbreaks differ, business owners and human resources professionals can learn from them and be… Read More →

How to Detect and Protect Against Workplace Bullying

by in Business News | Workforce

Stories of workplace bullying are commonplace throughout the United States. Some real-life examples: Mavis: “When I started there, I was told that someone had been acting in the position and had expected to get the job. This person continually undermined me and turned other staff against me. I endured 12 months of hell, and felt… Read More →

Pressure In The Workplace

Pressure In The Workplace

It presents itself in a host of manifestations: sleepless nights, gut-wrenching fear, grinding teeth, an angry kick to a trash can. Workplace stress has changed the environment for those who have been fortunate enough to maintain employment through the recession, but shoulder guilt and face a heavier workload because they survived the cutbacks. “We have… Read More →

Christine French Of The Nonprofit Diversity Leadership Alliance & Global Diversity Consulting

Christine French - Creates a Nonprofit & successful entrepreneurial venture. - AZ Business Magazine Nov/Dec 2010

Christine French Took Her Expertise In Diversity To Create A Nonprofit And A Successful Entrepreneurial Venture. Even as a young child growing up in Vietnam, Christine French always knew her main purpose in life was to help people from different backgrounds and experiences come together and form a whole. “When I was eight, the first… Read More →

Are You A Kind Boss?

Three business people standing together with arms around each other

Look in the mirror and ask yourself: What kind of boss are you? Do you resemble Cruella De Vil from “101 Dalmatians” – a heartless, puppy-snatcher who orders her hapless henchmen to carry out her cruel demands? Or are you more like Obi-Wan Kenobi in “Star Wars” — a dedicated, knowledgeable, soft-spoken Jedi Master with… Read More →

Five Ways To Reduce Stress In The Workplace

woman holding her head - looking stressed
by in Featured | Healthcare | Lists

Communicate:If co-workers are causing you stress, ask yourself — why? Perhaps the two of you just aren’t communicating. Put yourself in their shoes — listen to their needs and see if you can accommodate them. If you can, a source of conflict is removed and so is the stress associated with it. If you can… Read More →

2009 Mega Business HR Director Of The Year Finalists

by in Events

Name: Brian Boylan Title: Senior Vice President of Human Resources Company: JDA Software Years with company: 4 Years in current position: 2.5 Company established: 1985 No. of employees in AZ: 360 No. of employees in HR department: 12 Someone must be doing the right thing when a company’s own employees are its most effective… Read More →

Healthcare Solutions Center Provides Onsite Health Care To Large Employers

healthcare onsite for large employers

Time and money are two things few people can afford to waste, especially these days. In an effort to save both, people often put their own health concerns on the backburner. After all, who wants to take time away from work or family to go to the doctor, wait around to actually see the doctor,… Read More →

Keeping Employees Motivated In A Troubled Economy Is Critical

Motivate Employees

The Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) figures that it can cost up to one-third of an employee’s annual salary to recruit and replace that employee. For the most part, it is to the employer’s advantage to retain and maintain their skilled work force in a tumultuous marketplace. Uncertain times, family issues and unstable financial… Read More →

Office Designs Can Spark Employee Creativity

visual workspace

We have all seen, or at least heard about, “off-the-charts” office design that is not only cool, but also inspires its work force. Companies such as Google, Pixar, Herman Miller, Red Bull, and even one blogger in her vintage trailer, have been recognized for their creativity in the workplace. These companies have shown us that… Read More →