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The Growth Company publishes the following resources, authored by Dr. Lynne Curry, a recognized expert in Human Resources.

Recent Articles by Dr. Curry

Are post-accident painkillers causing a star employee to make errors?

One of my top employees, “Mary,” was rear-ended at a stop light three months ago and suffered from whiplash and excruciating headaches afterwards. Mary took off work, got help from a physician and chiropractor and returned to work. After her return, Mary worked short days and frequently complained of neck pain. I asked her several times if she wanted to continue on half days, but she said she was running out of paid time off and needed to get back to full-time work....  Full Story >>

Snoop in the office

What rights do I have when our receptionist intentionally, repeatedly invades my privacy by opening my personal mail? Because I don’t always want my husband to have advance knowledge of some of my purchases, I’m forced to use my work address. Despite the fact that most of these packages have return addresses that should clearly cue the receptionist that they’re personal, she opens at least half of them....  Full Story >>

Is my employer trying to snoop on me through online surveys?

Our employer regularly asks us to fill out online surveys through SurveyMonkey, and says they’re anonymous. Are they? If we fill them out at our work stations, they’re linked to our computers. How is that anonymous?  Full Story >>

Is Your Workplace One Big Reality Show?

From employees not speaking to one another to managers throwing objects, offensive behavior abounds in the work environment.  Full Story >>

Can I stick it out, despite having a bully boss?

Soon after I started a job as an HR generalist, my new peers came to me saying, “I don’t envy you, your boss is evil.” During my hiring interview, this boss had told me, “Your predecessor loved her job, but quit suddenly for personal reasons.” I soon learned he’d lied, that my predecessor had cried in the bathroom on a daily basis before she quit. Unfortunately, this evil boss is the director of HR and the person in charge of any complaints an employee has with a...  Full Story >>

Don't Leave Your Bedrock Exposed: Build a Solid Foundation

Business executives are among the least trusted occupations. Nearly one quarter of Americans (24%) say executives contribute a lot to society; while 42% say they make some contribution; and 28% say executives contribute not very much or nothing at all. Ratings of this occupation are largely in line with what other surveys have found, but affirms general public perception of business conduct, internal controls and corporate scandals[1]....  Full Story >>

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