As a female CEO, I have a responsibility to speak out, and I am compelled to do so now. The pervasive workplace culture of sexual harassment, intimidation and the undervaluing of women must be addressed both swiftly and firmly.
For the seventh year, The Baltimore Sun Media Group partnered with Energage, formerly WorkplaceDynamics, a Philadelphia-based employee research and consulting firm, to determine the Baltimore metro area’s Top Workplaces through employee surveys.
Fair scheduling and childcare are reproductive justice issues. Unstable, unpredictable work schedules over which employees have little control too often undermine the ability of workers to provide for themselves. These issues affect responsibilities outside of work, such as childcare and pursuing an education. Childcare, already barely affordable for so many, is harder to keep with a constantly changing schedule. If a worker is asked to stay an hour over a shift, this can lead to a fine from the
Each session is two hours and the workshops are designed to help individuals to exceed employer expectations and shorten the job search. Individuals may choose specific sessions to attend or may attend all of them; there is no charge for the workshops.
As the political season heats up, Baltimore County is warning government employees that it plans to enforce a long-standing policy against "brutal or offensive" behavior in the workplace and on private time, including on social media.
There's just a week left to nominate your workplace for The Baltimore Sun Media Group's Top Workplaces list. The deadline to be considered for the sixth annual list of the region's top workplaces until Aug. 12.
The Baltimore Sun Media Group is seeking nominations for its sixth annual list of the region's top workplaces. Last year, 100 companies were recognized as Top Workplaces in the Baltimore region, encompassing the city and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties.
Why is saying "no" to extra work so hard for the vast majority of us? It's because we want people to like us and we don't want to disappoint them. We think that saying "no" will be letting someone down and we don't want to seem incapable of handling things. We might even be afraid to say "no." If we want to safeguard our time for personal pursuits and relationships, though, we'll need to learn how and when to say "no" in the workplace.
The companies that made this year's Top Workplaces list come from all sectors: information technology, mortgage lending, property management, health care, education and engineering, to name a few. But common themes emerged when employees shared why they love their jobs. Their reasons include finding meaning in one's work, answering to managers who empower and appreciate them, and having the potential to grow professionally and personally.
The internship program at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Baltimore is unlike most traditional programs; it gives students practical, hands-on experience in a workplace through job sharing. This is an innovative way to do business and help youth prepare to enter the workforce. Programs like this, if scaled up, could help boost the economy of the city by keeping jobs here and giving students the tools and experience they need to truly flourish.
The political environment, poor relations with bosses and a troubled workplace culture are the leading factors prompting senior federal executives to leave their agencies, according to a recent poll of departing U.S. officials.
Companies that make the Top Workplaces list year after year don't necessarily offer the highest salaries or the most lavish benefits. But employees stay because they feel valued and empowered. They love the work and believe it's meaningful, and also enjoy flexible work schedules, opportunities to advance and a voice in company policy. And the companies work to sustain that culture.
Strong whistleblower laws protect everyone, because by helping to eliminate workplace safety hazards, wage theft and other problems, whistleblowers not only help themselves and their co-workers, they spare their employers and taxpayers the costs, fiscal and otherwise, that accompany workplace injuries and malfeasance. It's time to make sure Maryland law protects workplace whistleblowers.
What is it about these businesses and nonprofits that helps them remain consistently among the top workplaces? How do they maintain a culture that makes them places where people like to work? One consistent thread is meaning. Many of these top workplaces offer employees a place where they can work to help others.
Domestic violence prevention programs are far from the rule in many workplaces, and the House of Ruth of Maryland is hoping that might begin to change with the help of a partnership formed with the Baltimore Ravens in the wake of the Ray Rice scandal.
The Baltimore Sun is seeking nominations for its third annual list of the region's top workplaces. Last year, 100 companies were recognized as Top Workplaces in the Baltimore area, with nursing home operator FutureCare topping the list for large employers for a second year in a row.