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What Should HR Do When a Manager is Dating a Direct Report?

Let’s face it, most of us spend more time with our coworkers than at home. It’s no surprise then that romantic relationships can form beyond 9-5 small talk. While common—41% of respondents in our Love @ Work survey indicated that they have engaged in an intimate relationship with a coworker— these relationships can quickly enter murky territory. Things get particularly sticky when romantic relationships form between a manager and a direct report—which can have an impact on employee morale and put the company at compliance risk.

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8 Tips for Writing an Impressive Resume

Finding a new job is never easy. Whether you’re looking to make a big career change or just looking to find something new, finding the right job starts with building the perfect resume.

Unfortunately, standing out on paper in a sea of resumes is often easier said than done—especially when the average recruiter spends an average of just six seconds on a resume. You need to put your best foot forward and make sure your CV pops.

From catering your experience to a job posting to optimizing your resume for applicant tracking systems, there are a few resume hacks you can perform to ensure your CV gets in front of a recruiter. 

Here are eight tips for writing an impressive resume that will wow any hiring manager:

Ask HR: When Do I Have to Clock-In and Clock-Out?

We’re relaunching our Ask HR series to bring you answers to your pressing HR, workplace culture, benefits, compliance, and payroll questions!

We shared your hard-hitting questions with our team of all-star HR professionals who bring years of industry knowledge to the table. This week’s submission has been masterfully addressed by Namely’s Learning Manager, Ryan MacPherson.

Have an Ask HR question of your own? Email us at or fill out the form at the bottom of this page!

Without further ado, here’s this week’s Ask HR submission: 

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Key Q1 Dates for HR

Welcome to 2020!

Returning to work after the holidays can be challenging for any department, but HR knows they’ll be greeted by a slew of important upcoming dates. Between launching new initiatives and kicking off tax season, HR has their hands full as soon as they walk back into the office. Don’t let these dates catch your team off guard.

We’ve rounded up key holidays, dates, and deadlines for the first quarter to make sure you’re ready for the new year.


Key Q2 Dates For HR

April is that transitional month when you both can’t believe how fast Q1 flew by, yet don’t understand how it’s been the longest winter in history. Thankfully, the second quarter of the year includes the start of summer and conference season. Situated after the ups and downs of tax season and before the craze of open enrollment, it’s tempting to relax a bit during Q2. However, there are some key dates to keep in mind before the busy season picks back up.

Can Spending Less Time at Work Make You More Productive?

Can spending less time at the office actually make you more productive? Microsoft Japan thinks so

In fact, when the company tested a four-day workweek in 2019, they reported a productivity boost of 40 percent.

Still, many top-performing economies have an extremely, perhaps overly, dedicated workforce. Some Americans value work ethics so heavily they associate themselves with more with their jobs than with their hobbies—and it’s even where many find the most value in their lives. In China, many workers abide by the 996 system, which means working from 9 AM to 9 PM., six days a week. South Korea is among the countries with the longest work week, with workers in the office for an average of 2,069 hours per year.


Key Q3 Dates for HR

Q3 may seem so far in the future — but time flies, and you'll be surprised when you wake up and all of a sudden it's July. Don't let all the important Q3 dates sneak up on you. Start preparing today with all the important dates you need to know. 

In Q3, departments across your company will be working hard to put the pieces in place to reach their end of year goals. In HR, Q3 is the perfect time to focus on employee engagement and your own career development before facing down the year end/year start tasks that come in Q4.