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Leaders Make Your Team Feel Safe and Secure at Work, Seven Work-from-Home Habits

Happy and healthy employees increase production, give better ideas, and add value to your company. Our goal

is to ensure your business is thriving by implementing best practices to cultivate a positive work environment. In

the midst of current headlines and polarization, it is important to remember what is appropriate and legal

workplace behavior. Below are quick refreshers on Discrimination, Harassment, and Bullying. For more information or trainings, please contact us at 949.900.6977.

• Discrimination Federal law protects 9 characteristics of employees. These are: age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, race, marriage and partnership, and pregnancy and maternity. Any treatment of employees, whether actual or perceived, due to distinction of these traits could be found as unlawful behavior. To ensure there is no discrimination, make sure everyone is treated equally and is judged only by their work. It starts from the top down. Contact us for focused trainings for management and supervisors.

• Harassment When an employee suffers unwanted conduct based on a protected trait and that conduct is so severe or happened so often that it created a hostile work environment, unlawful harassment has taken place. If an employee also had to endure the conduct to keep their job this is also illegal. States can add their own list of protected conditions to the federal ones. In California, genetic information and medical conditions are also considered protected traits. The most common types of harassment in the workplace are: sexual, physical, verbal, visual, supervisor, and co-worker. Help your employees understand all these

types and listen to real life examples through our online offerings. Contact us today for registration.

• Bullying In order for behavior to be considered unlawful bullying, several requirements must be met. The

behavior must have: hostile intent, an imbalance of power, been repeated over time, and found offensive to a reasonable person. These acts do not have to be tied to the protected traits listed above. A single act could be enough for discrimination and harassment, however, those behaviors must persist over time in

order to be considered bullying. Work related bullying can include overly harsh criticism, exclusion from meetings, emailed jokes and innuendos, or denial of time off without valid reason. If you feel you have been discriminated against, harassed, or bullied please contact your HR representative. If you don’t have one, consider us your friend and professional advisers. We are here to help you. Contact us for any questions or how to sign up for our virtual trainings today.

Seven Work-from-Home Habits

Many people have adjusted to working in the new normal but some are struggling to find their footing. Here are seven habits employees can build into their day for greater productivity:

Routines Rules — create a schedule typical to your work day that you can use to guide your day.

Wellness Breaks — With the lack of socializing and an abundance of screen time, its good to incorporate breaks into your day that refreshes you. Take a walk, eat a healthy snack, or connect with a friend to avoid burnout.

Designate A Workspace — The ideal space will separate you from distractions and allow you to leave the space at is when clocking out.

Get Dressed — Productive people still dress for work or going out. This tells your brain to get ready for some activity.

Connect Consistently — Leaders, teammates, and colleagues should have a daily check in routine with one another

Do your To-Do List — If you don’t have them, make them. Then follow it.

Start and Stop Consistently — Know when to end your day . Its easy to continue working when the hours blur together.

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