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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

Should my company care that a sex offender is a construction worker at their site where kids are present?

I work in a retail store undergoing a remodel. I once worked in the same workplace as one of the construction contractor's crew. At that workplace, a young co-worker who looked 15 came to me for help because this guy gave her the creeps. She told me she felt he was stalking her. I told our supervisor about this and he said my co-worker was making this up because the man was a "good guy." Things got worse....  Full Story >>

My boss asked for feedback and I told the truth. Oops. What do I do now?

After my boss made a presentation to staff that fell flat, she came into my office, closed the door and asked me to be honest with her. “What did I do wrong?” she asked. I was floored. We weren’t exactly friends. Still, I was the only other female in the department and she was asking for help. “Come on, tell the truth,” she said. “I can take it.” So I told her what she’d done wrong. Once I got started I couldn’t stop. It was like a train wreck....  Full Story >>

How to supervise an introverted employee

Our company has reorganized and I now supervise the IT guy, along with the administrative staff. I don’t have a handle on what makes him tick. He sits in staff meetings and doesn’t say a word. When I talk with him, I have to pull information from him, and when I ask him questions he’s incredibly slow to respond. I went to Moose’s Tooth to buy the staff pizza last Friday and he came into the break room, got two slices and...  Full Story >>

Help! My work friend is emotionally blackmailing me to report our supervisor

My co-worker, “Erin,” and I had a horrible blowup last week. She invited me over to dinner, and after dinner asked me to go with her this week to human resources to complain about our supervisor. Erin asked another employee to do this as well and says that the three of us will be what’s needed to show HR our supervisor needs to be fired.  Full Story >>

When an abusive home life spills over into work

I work in sales. The economy is sluggish and I know layoffs are coming. I can’t afford to lose my job, and to keep it, I need to be upbeat every day. The problem — I’m married to an emotionally abusive husband and stay with him for the sake of my kids.  Full Story >>

My co-worker is cyber-stalking potential hires, looking for dirt

According to rumors, one of my co-workers conducts unauthorized criminal background investigations on prospective employees without their knowledge or permission. This cyber-snoop doesn’t work in human resources, but collects this information and passes it along to the hiring manager and even interrogates the employees when they get hired.  Full Story >>

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