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Is Morality a Thing of the Past?

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In the good old days, people embraced values such as hard work , playing by the rules, and living with honor and integrity. Do parents still pass those values on to their kids or are they too busy to parent?

If Your Behavior Is Contagious, What Will People Catch?

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Did you ever tell scary stories around a campfire? At first, everyone laughs at how ridiculous the story is. But then someone gets scared and, just like magic, the whole group follows suit. Don’t try to reason with them; it’s hopeless. The moment things calm down, a small noise sets them off again.


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Take the Shoe-on-the-Other-Foot Test

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Fairness affects many areas of our life. And yet, even though there’s consensus that things should be fair, it doesn’t always turn out that way.

35 Questions to Inspire Soul Searching

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When was the last time you paused to reflect on your life? You’re too busy for that, right? Wouldn’t you like to know if you should continue full speed ahead or if you’re veering off course? Here are 35 questions to inspire soul searching.

How HR Can Promote Mental Health at Work (Actionable Advice to Help Your People Thrive)

HR leaders are on the frontlines of a mental health crisis, but the topic can still be taboo—or at least something that’s only talked about reluctantly. What can HR do to help? Download our latest guide to learn the 4 ways you can support the mental health of your employees and identify warning signs of burnout.

Listen to Your Conscience. That’s Why You Have One

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It gives me great pleasure to introduce my new book — Listen to Your Conscience: That’s Why You Have One. It’s the product of a great deal of care and reflection and has been a year and a half in the making. Listen to Your Conscience. That’s Why You Have One.

Symptoms of a Victim Mentality

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How often do you say, “Other people have it easier,” “Why does this only happen to me?” or “I can’t do anything right.” Your outlook can work for you or against you…it’s your choice. Negative habits produce negative results.

What Are Your Biggest Regrets in Life?

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How would you feel if you discovered that you were chasing the wrong priorities — but the realization came too late for you to make any meaningful changes? That doesn’t have to happen. If you asked seniors to describe their biggest regrets, their answers would be surprisingly similar.

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How to Create a Win-Win Relationship

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What’s on your mind before you make a new networking connection, negotiate a deal, or entertain ways of working with someone? If you’re like most folks, you’re thinking about what you want and how to get it. It may not surprise you that the folks you’re meeting with are thinking the same thing.

Live by Example and Inspire Others to Do the Same

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What does it take to be a great parent, an exemplary role model , or a highly effective leader? Most folks would say it’s important to set high standards, remain true to your values, listen to your conscience , and live by example. But how do you translate that into daily action?

Selfish People Are Losers

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Some lessons are so important that they withstand the test of time. Remember Aesop’s fable The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg ? It’s about a countryman who had a goose that laid a golden egg each day. Unfortunately, the greedy countryman grew impatient because he wasn’t getting rich fast enough.

Paycor CFO Survey: The State of American Business in 2021

In Paycor’s latest survey, more than 2,000 Finance and HR leaders told us about their plans for 2021. Download the survey for actionable insights and tips.

15 Signs That You Need an Attitude Adjustment

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15 Signs That You Need an Attitude Adjustment. Do you need an attitude adjustment? Take the test. Here are 15 signs that you have an attitude problem: “What’s in it for me?” Are you selfless or do you focus primarily on your needs and wants?

You Be the Judge

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Everyone thinks they’re an expert. They judge style, review restaurants, grade policies, scrutinize movies, evaluate leadership effectiveness, and play Monday-morning quarterback. They even judge the beliefs and values of friends and colleagues. Why are folks so judgmental?

How to Learn from the Mistakes of Other People

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Some people learn from mistakes ; others don’t. That said, some mistakes could be avoided in the first place if people learned from the mistakes of others. As Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.”.

Are You Enthusiastic for the Success of Others?

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Some people have it all (or so it seems). They have the power, wealth, and status that most people can only dream of. How do you feel about that? Do you view these folks with disapproval and contempt or are you enthusiastic for their success? That depends on how you view the world. Stephen R.

15 Decisions That Can Undermine Your Business

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You make decisions that affect your business every day. It pays to step back every so often and gain a little perspective. Even though you’re making business decisions with the best intentions, some of them may undermine your business. When you run into a wall, think, or you will do it again.

Paycor HR Leaders Survey: The State of American Business in 2021

In Paycor’s latest survey, more than 2,000 HR and Finance leaders told us about their plans for 2021. Download the survey for actionable insights and tips.

When Rules Outweigh Common Sense

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Rules essentially tell you what you can or can’t do in a given situation. There are grammar rules to construct a sentence, rules to play a sport, and even rules to tell you which side of the street to drive on. In essence, they provide structure, stability, and predictability in life.

Teach Your Children “How to Fish”

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Teach Your Children “How to Fish”. Are you preparing your kids for the real world? As the saying goes, “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” Here are 13 guiding principles to teach your kids: Be self-reliant.

If You Can’t Be Yourself Around Others, Who Are You?

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We all play pretend when we’re young. The problem is, when some folks get older, they continue to play pretend.

25 Ways You May Be Stressing Yourself Out

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25 Ways You My Be Stressing Yourself Out. Stressed out? Where does it originate? Next time you feel a knot in your shoulders or a nagging feeling in the pit of your stomach, determine whether one of these things is stressing you out: Are These Things Stressing You Out? Wait until the last minute?

Benefits in a Pandemic: What HR Leaders Need to Know

Building a benefits program for a diverse workforce has always been a top priority, but now it’s become both more important and complex with so much change and uncertainty. Download our latest guide that features emerging benefits employees expect in 2021 and beyond.

Is Self-Reliance More Than a Buzzword?

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Self-reliance is a term that’s frequently used these days. But even though the term is tossed around, it’s meaningless if you don’t apply the principle to your daily life. Who cares?” you may be thinking. The fact is, YOU should!

Are You Coping with Success?

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People will tell you it’s brutal to start a company. They’re right. I know firsthand. I started one. Yet, if you think it’s hard to build a business from scratch, it’s considerably harder to maintain success when the business prospers. Are you coping with success?

Are You All Foam and No Beer?

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Are You All Foam and No Beer? Call it whatever you want: “All bark and no bite; All sizzle and no steak; All show and no go.” The meaning’s still the same — talk is cheap. The fact is, being all talk amounts to nothing more than hollow words. Are you, all foam and no beer?

Are You Helping or Hurting?

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Sometimes, well-intentioned plans have unintended consequences.

How Businesses are Managing the New Reality of Work: A Paycor Survey

We wanted to know how COVID-19 impacted businesses and their workforces. Did they need government funds? How many workers did they layoff or furlough? Are employees working from home now? How’s team morale? And perhaps most importantly, what are their plans for the future? This guide offers a pretty good idea of how business leaders are feeling, what keeps them up at night, and what approaches they’re taking to solve problems. Download the guide to see all the survey results and where your organization might stand comparatively.

You Should Be So Lucky

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Let me tell you a story about two typical kids you might be familiar with. One of them (we’ll call him John) wasn’t a bad kid, but he didn’t take life very seriously.

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Here’s the Good News

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Do you find bad news exhausting? The problem is, you can’t escape it. Politicians are grumbling, celebrities are bellyaching, the news media are ranting, and even social media friends are whining. You’d think there’s no good news anymore. Complaining never solved a problem, and it never will.

Get Motivated and Take Charge of Your Life

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Get Motivated and Take Charge of Your Life. Be the person who makes you proud. Follow your grandest dreams. Reach for your highest goals. Do the things that excite you and give you the greatest pleasure. Most of all, live a life that gives you purpose. This isn’t a journey for the faint of heart or for others to take for you. Accept ownership of your life rather than relinquishing that responsibility to others. It’s time to get motivated and take charge of your life. You owe it to yourself.

What Would I Do Without You?

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I’d like to give a shout-out to all the folks who read, comment, and share my blog posts each day. What would I do without you? FrankSonnenbergOnline has attracted over 3.6 million readers.

COVID & the Future of Work: Insights from Paycor’s C-Suite

In Paycor’s newest report, our Chief Executive and Group Leaders consider how your clients will recruit, manage their workforce, optimize benefits, and foster employee experience in the new normal of 2020 and beyond. For actionable insights and tips download and share our guide with your clients!

10 Critical Rules for Living a Happy Life

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Some people spend their whole life searching for happiness. While you may think wealth, power, and fame will make you happy, you may be looking in the wrong place. In fact, all the riches in the world won’t guarantee a happy and fulfilling life. You don’t have to search the globe for happiness because it already exists within you. As Glinda, the Good Witch in The Wizard of Oz , said, “You’ve always had the power, my dear. You just had to learn it for yourself.”

Living the Golden Rule

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Everyone knows the Golden Rule. In fact, numerous religions espouse it, the most familiar version being, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” The question is, if most people know, and agree, with the principle, why don’t more folks live by that standard? Do you abide by the Golden Rule? When you do nothing, nothing happens. If you truly want to live by this principle, the first place to start is to understand its true meaning and how to apply it effectively.

Is Asking for Help a Weakness?

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Do you ask for help when you need it, or do you view it as a weakness? I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that I hate to ask for directions — even when I’m lost. I’m not sure it’s because I’m embarrassed that I’m clueless or because I don’t want to admit defeat, but my refusal to ask for directions is something I live with. In fact, there was a time when I’d drive around FOREVER until sheer frustration outweighed my unwillingness to ask. Then, only then, I’d ask for assistance. Sound familiar?

Be Honorable for Your Own Good

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How does it feel to win something you don’t deserve, receive something you didn’t earn, or get what you want (in an underhanded way)? Contrast that with the exhilarating feeling of overcoming a big challenge, attaining success through hard work , or leaving a legacy that makes you proud. Do you live an honorable life? The greatest reward of success isn’t the money or acclaim; it’s the confidence and self-respect that success brings with it.

Why HR Technology Matters Now More Than Ever

When a crisis hits, HR technology gives business leaders the data, tools, and support to make important business decisions quickly. In this report, Josh Bersin breaks down the 4 key benefits of HR tech and demonstrates through case studies how business leaders can leverage it to solve problems and grow. Download this report to learn more!

Why C Students Do Better Than A Students

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Some students excel at school. They’re in all advanced classes. They skim a page and remember the subject matter — forever. And they raise their hand before the question is even asked. What’s more, they’ve been known to wait till the last minute to study for tests, and you guessed it, they still walk away with an A. Good grades come easy to them. Then there’s the rest of us.

How Do You Respond in a Crisis?

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A crisis brings out the best and the worst in us. Some people act like idiots, while others rise to the occasion and show what they’re made of. In fact, it astonishes me how some of the most unlikely people rise to the occasion by displaying extraordinary leadership, selflessness, and grace during tough times. How do you respond to a crisis? Are You Your Best Self in a Crisis? Times of crisis bring out the best in people. I hope they bring out the best in you.

How to Have the Courage to Move into A Brave Place

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Guest Post by LaRae Quy. Life can suck. There are days when things go so badly that you want a refund. We’ve all heard that acceptance is the key to good psychological health, but that does nothing more than leave us in a continual state of anxiety because what we all want is a semblance of control in the way our day unfolds around us. Since life is nothing but a series of problems, the fantasy of control gets flushed down the toilet on a regular basis.

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The Only Thing Worse Than Lying to Others Is Lying to Yourself

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There will be times when your principles are tested. The question is, how will you respond? Will you give in to temptation and compromise your standards or will you stand tall and remain true to your values? It’s easy to say what you’ll do in theory, but your actions count most when the rubber meets the road. Some folks want it both ways. They want to profit, but they also want to feel good about themselves.

Workplace Mask Policy & Return to Work Templates

Paycor’s comprehensive checklist and customizable letters will help you re-start your business and welcome your team back to a new normal.