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Personal Relationships with Co-workers Have Benefits – and Pitfalls

Aren’t there rules about getting too close at work?

If there are, most people aren’t following them. A recent survey conducted by LinkedIn found that 95% of working professionals believe it’s a good idea to be friends with co-workers, and 63% hang out outside of the office.

Welcome to the workplace of 2019, where personal relationships between co-workers are the norm, and even romantic liaisons aren’t necessarily frowned upon. In fact, many employers actually have policies around colleagues dating, which varies from company to company.

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Changes in your business? You should plan, talk to staffers

Small-business owners who recognize the impact that change can have on employees can limit the fallout by helping staffers with the transition.

Engage's Jay Starkman is quoted by the Associated Press in an article on how to communicate with employees during times of change.

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How to ask your boss if it's OK to stay home in bad weather

Engage PEO's Angela Rochester, Assistant General Counsel and HR Consultant, advises companies and employees on what to do if you can't make it to work due to severe weather.

“If there’s not a policy in place, address the issue with your manager or with HR. We always stress to communicate sooner rather than later; also, a good employer will communicate [any policies or guidelines] to you well in advance.”

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Spotlight on workplace sexual harassment: How employers can prepare in 2019

Now more than ever, business owners need to know how to handle sexual allegations that may arise in the workplace.

The spotlight on this issue is harsh but presents a glowing opportunity for companies to do better. Employers can reinforce HR best practices that are in place, and take the lead to create new ways to ensure workplaces are free of harassment and unlawful discrimination. The time to do so is right now.

Engage CEO Jay Starkman, and co-founder Midge Seltzer, write for Employee Benefit News.

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Company Holiday Party? In the Era of #MeToo, Exercise...Caution

You don’t have to take all the fun out of your workplace celebrations, but as a business owner, you must be responsible and practical.

The fact is, the potential problems posed by hosting social events in the workplace are not new, but they are amplified in today’s climate of heightened awareness.

Engage CEO, Jay Starkman, writes for Entrepreneur magazine.

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5 Common Worst Practices Bosses Need to Abandon Now

"Put more emphasis on managing your organization’s culture than on (micro) managing your employees."

Engage's Alex Nadal, assistant general counsel and HR consultant, speaks to Fast Company about the dangers of micromanagement.

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