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APU Politics in the Workplace
29 minutes | Jul 26, 2021
Shifting Landscape of Workplace COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates | EP21
Can employers require employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine? In this episode, APU professor Cynthia Gentile talks to attorney Neil Goldsmith about legal issues surrounding workplace vaccine mandates. Learn the legal grounds employers have for mandating vaccination as well as considerations involving the ADA and Title VII. Also hear details of a recent ruling from a Texas court that upheld an employers’ right to mandate vaccination and terminate employees who did not comply with the vaccination requirements. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
Supporting and Protecting Military Servicemember Employees | EP19
What laws should employers understand when it comes to employing military servicemembers? In this episode, APU professor Cynthia Gentile talks to attorney and JAG officer Melissa Strickland about what both employers and military employees should know about USERRA and other laws that provide protections to military employees. In addition to knowing its legal obligations, she also offers insight into how employers can provide additional support by valuing military servicemembers’ unique experience, seeking to employ military spouses and veterans, and ensuring there are systems in place to support and engage military employees. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
How the Gig Economy is Changing the Employment Law Landscape | EP18
The growth of the gig economy has upended traditional employment classifications and sown uncertainty regarding labor laws. Companies like Uber and Lyft, which rely on independent contractors, face employment law challenges regarding the status of freelancers and gig workers. In this episode, APU professor Cynthia Gentile talks to attorney Neil Goldsmith about how the gig economy is changing employment law. Learn about the various tests used to determine employment status, laws like Prop 22 that change employment classifications, and other changes affecting the gig economy under the Biden administration. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
35 minutes | May 3, 2021
Efforts to Enshrine Equal Rights in the Constitution Pick Up Speed | EP17
After 98 years, the Equal Rights Amendment was finally ratified by 38 states, qualifying it for full ratification the U.S. Constitution. But will it become an amendment? In this episode, APU professor Cynthia Gentile talks to Krista Joy Niles, Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist, and founder of the ERA Advocacy Committee at the Alice Paul Institute. Learn about the history of the ERA, the anti-ERA movement that prevented ratification by states in the 1970s and 80s, and what led to the final ratification in 2020. Also learn what legal scholars contend is the path to full ratification of the ERA to the Constitution and the impacts the ERA would have regarding equal pay, equal access to healthcare for both genders, and more. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30 minutes | Apr 5, 2021
Steps to Developing Strong Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Policies | EP16
Recent national attention on systematic social injustices has caused many corporate leaders to take a hard look at their company’s approach to diversity, equity and inclusion. In this episode, APU business professor Cynthia Gentile talks to Uva Christina Coles, the founder and CEO of Inclusiva, a consulting firm specializing in workforce inclusion. Learn about the need for companies to create an open and safe space for leaders and employees to talk about diversity, steps and tools needed to build comprehensive DEI policies and procedures, and how the pandemic has helped further these conversations by humanizing employees and drawing closer the line between work and personal lives. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
36 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Task Force: Enriching Corporate Culture | EP15
Awareness of social injustices further escalated in the national consciousness in 2020. As a result, it became imperative that organizations assess their approach to issues related to equity and diversity. In this episode, APU business professor Linda Ashar talks to Caroline Simpson, Assistant Provost of Student and Alumni Services, about the creation of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Task Force. Learn about the strategic goals of this task force, its university-wide reach to staff, faculty, and students, and the work being done to ensure it will have long-term effects on the university’s organizational culture. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
Assessing and Building Corporate Culture is Sound Business Practice | EP14
Corporate culture is critical to the success of any business. In this episode, APU business professor Dr. Linda Ashar talks to Dr. Suzanne Minarcine about her work consulting with businesses to assess and improve their organizational culture. Learn about the role of leadership in establishing a positive work culture by valuing employees and customers over the bottom line. Also learn about strategies to assess culture, including conducting exit interviews for employees leaving the company, implementing clear policies allowing employees to freely report harassment or discrimination, conducting regular training sessions, and establishing zero tolerance for people who contribute to a toxic workplace. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
33 minutes | Dec 14, 2020
Ethical Challenges of AI in the Workplace | EP13
Ethics must be intentionally coded into artificial intelligence systems. But who decides on the ethical or moral standards used? How can programmers minimize bias from the system? What regulations are needed to oversee this evolving technology? In this episode, Dr. Linda Ashar talks to APU business professor Dr. Wanda Curlee about the challenges of incorporating ethics into AI. Learn why it’s so important for corporations and any entity using AI to understand the system in entirety, monitor for unintentional bias, and assess the validity of outcomes. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31 minutes | Nov 30, 2020
Managing a Remote Workforce | EP12
Working from home during the pandemic can blur the lines between an employee’s work and personal life. In this episode, Dr. Linda Ashar talks to APU business professor and entrepreneur Dr. Suzanne Marlowe Minarcine about her years of experience supervising and managing remote employees. Learn why it’s so important to establish clear expectations so employees don’t feel pressured to work beyond business hours, why everyone needs a designated work space to focus, ways to improve time management strategies, and how to build trust and communication in a virtual work environment. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
44 minutes | Nov 15, 2020
Crisis Leadership: Success in a Pandemic | Ep11
The COVID-19 pandemic forced businesses to adapt operations nearly overnight. In this episode, APU business professor Dr. Linda Ashar talks to Dan Cwalina, the CEO of Lormet Community Federal Credit Union, about his experience leading an essential business through the pandemic. Learn how everything changed on March 9, 2020 – a day he equates with 9/11 – and how communication, transparency, flexibility, creativity, unity, and strong technological infrastructure helped this financial institution adapt its business model to operating in a new normal. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
39 minutes | Oct 26, 2020
Leading Forward: Adjusting to the New Normal | EP10
In this four-year anniversary episode, Dr. Linda Ashar interviews the original host, Dr. Marie Gould Harper, Dean of the School of Business at American Public University. Learn how much has changed in the business world during the last four years including the explosive growth of social media and what that means for employers and employees; social and cultural shifts that highlight inequality and the need for business leaders to address diversity; and the heightened political divisiveness that often spills over into the workplace. Also learn how the COVID-19 pandemic has forced executive leaders to practice crisis management on a daily basis and change business operations including managing a remote workforce. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
48 minutes | Sep 28, 2020
How Artificial Intelligence is Changing the Workplace
Artificial intelligence is changing how companies operate. In this episode, Dr. Linda Ashar talks with Dr. Wanda Curlee, the Program Director of Business at APU, about the influence of artificial intelligence, or AI, on the workplace today and in the future. Learn how AI is changing the way companies interact with customers, manage projects, assess risk, collect and manage data, and much more. As AI is integrated into more work functions, learn why it’s so important for organizational leaders to understand the technology, train employees so they can effectively use the technology, and plan for the future implementation of AI into more business operations. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
37 minutes | Sep 10, 2020
The Role of Mentorship in Career Advancement
What impact has COVID-19 had on mentoring programs and relationships? In this episode, APU business professor Dr. Ashley Taylor talks to Linda Beach about her experience participating in both informal and formal mentoring relationships during her 30-year career. Learn about the most successful approaches to matching mentors and mentees, the importance of aligning personal and organizational goals, as well as common mistakes organizations make in their formal mentoring programs. Also learn how the shift to teleworking has impacted mentoring relationships and what organizational leaders must be doing to ensure this critical professional development strategy continues to help them develop knowledgeable, competent, and confident employees. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
44 minutes | Aug 28, 2020
Viability of Affirmative Action in 2020
Have affirmative action policies been effective in balancing demographics in the workplace? In this episode, Dr. Linda Ashar talks to Dr. Gary Deel about the origin of affirmative action policies, whether all companies should have a formal policy as part of their recruitment and hiring practices, and some of the common misunderstandings about affirmative action. Also learn about other ways companies can evaluate and audit their hiring practices to ensure they are fairly representing community demographics and addressing any biases. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
41 minutes | Aug 7, 2020
Understanding Millennial Employees and the Value They Bring to the Workplace
Millennials now make up the largest workforce generation in the U.S. so it’s critical for organizational leaders to understand what drives and motivates them. In this episode, host Dr. Linda Ashar is joined by Dr. Doris Blanton to explore the mindset of millennials to understand how they’re hardwired differently than past generations. Learn what supervisors can do to support millennials with a stronger work-life balance, greater work flexibility, increased engagement, recognition of their passions, and other motivating forces, to foster strong work performance by millennial employees. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23 minutes | May 6, 2020
Build Your Remote Career: Top Advice from Leading Expert Who was Working Remotely Before COVID-19 Hit
COVID-19 pandemic disrupted countless lives and livelihoods. Job seekers, employees, and workforce managers are rapidly adapting to remote life. And it may not be a trend, but the way of the future. Hear from career services and remote-work expert Christine Muncy. Her award-winning team and online university were at the forefront of remote careers long before self-distancing. As a certified career services provider (CCSP) and global career development facilitator (GCDF)—Christine shares valuable insights for professionals seeking remote jobs and strategies for managers to boost team engagement. Plus, you’ll learn about upcoming virtual job fairs and proven tips to stand out. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20 minutes | May 7, 2019
APU Politics In The Workplace - Episode 4 - Nurses Working Overtime, Is It Safe?
As the current nursing workforce continues to age at an alarming rate, current and projected nurse shortages will only continue to grow. What are the national standards for nursing shifts, and is our nursing workforce able to meet those demands? Here to talk more about the issue of overtime in healthcare is nursing expert, and the Program Director for Nursing at American Public University Dr. Stacey Kram and Dr. Marie Gould Harper, Dean of the School of Business at American Public University. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
32 minutes | Mar 22, 2019
APU Politics in the Workplace Episode 3 - Making Changes in Your Organization Without Fear
With disruptors like technology and an aging population, how can managers expect to stay motivated in the face of major organizational shifts? Is it more about self-acceptance, and do emotions belong in the decision making process within leadership? Here to discuss the intricacies of bold personalities, and generational stitching are HR and management experts Dr. Marie Gould Harper, Dean of the School of Business at American Public University, and her guest David Bugay, author of “Backbonology: Tough Decisions at Work.” See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31 minutes | Mar 22, 2019
APU Politics in the Workplace Episode 2 - Digitization and the Future of Work
Automation and AI are fast becoming competition in the workplace. Will this digitization boom continue to be a threat to professionals down the road? While the reliance on technology may seem endless, there are pitfalls to automation, as well as benefits. Will fighting automation be worth it, or should HR departments embrace technology to complement their value in an organization? Enrique Rubio, Founder of Global Hacking HR, and Dr. Marie Gould Harper, Dean of the School of Business at American Public University discuss the space that we have created for technology in the workplace, and how HR professionals can help employees and business owners navigate digitization at work. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24 minutes | Oct 25, 2018
APU Politics In The Workplace Episode 1 - The Legal Implications of Politics in the Workplace
Social media use has risen over the years, and responses on a variety of topics have spilled over into the workplace. Politics at work were once taboo, but now some employees feel free to share their political viewpoints in the workplace. How can we ensure that we provide a safe environment for these types of conversations? In this special podcast HR and management expert Dr. Marie Gould Harper, Program Director of Management at American Public University, interviews two legal experts, APU faculty member and lawyer Cynthia Gentile, and Ballard Spahr attorney Christopher Cognato, on the legal issues that can arise by bringing personal politics into a company. To learn more about American Public University, visit us at http://www.StudyAtAPU.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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