Research shows that people assume asking sensitive questions about salary, relationship status, or other personal topics is likely to make their conversation partner feel uncomfortable and worsen their relationship. But in fact, that’s often not the case. Most respondents report a similar comfort level and impression of the question-asker regardless of whether they asked sensitive questions or mundane ones, and sometimes, asking these more personal questions can actually improve relationships. In this piece, the authors describe a series of experiments that explored this phenomenon, followed by several suggestions for how leaders can foster a workplace culture that encourages people to engage in these sensitive conversations in a healthy, productive manner.
If there’s one thing you can be sure about the future of the workplace it is increased pre-and post-employment screening of all employees. The reasons behind this growing trend are raised awareness about the necessity of implementing thorough background checks and the availability of a wide range of monitoring tools. The use of social media as a valid screening tool is still very much in a gray area as there are no clear regulations on the issue and employers are under the constant threat of breach of privacy lawsuits.
Oregon voters approved two groundbreaking measures in the 2020 election season to become the first state in the nation to decriminalize personal possession of small amounts of certain controlled substances (Measure 110) and legalize the therapeutic usage of psilocybin in a controlled therapy setting (Measure 109). Many employers may be wondering what these measures mean and how existing employment policies might be impacted.
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