Wall Street Highs | Cybersecurity | Employee Engagement | Future HR | Harassment Prevention | Parental Leave Trends

eESI Week’s Best for the week ending December 1 takes a look at Wall Street’s response as the GOP’s tax plan progresses through Congress. We also look at how businesses can prevent cyber crimes, improve employee engagement, and will recruit and retain hires in the future. Plus, we share pro tips for harassment prevention training and what’s trending in parental leave benefits.

This week’s HR tips and trends.

Always reliable, SHRM catches us up on this week’s important HR events and trends. First, Aliah D. Wright shares advice for handling workplace harassment training in Consider Face-to-Face Training as EEOC Makes Filing Harassment Complaints Easier. Citing HR experts, Wright explains that while video or text-based training may be effective for some areas, implementing the culture changes needed to stamp out harassment is best done in person.   


Meanwhile, discussing voluntary benefit trends, Stephen Miller reports that two leading companies, Cisco Systems and Whirlpool Corporation have added new options and features to their parental leave benefits. Miller shares the details of these corporate programs plus overall parental leave statistics for U.S. companies in Companies Add New Twists to Parental Leave.


Up, up, and away.

If numbers tell the story, then investors are pretty happy with the proposed tax plan making its way through Congress. In Surging banks lead Wall Street to highs as tax plan advances, Fox Business reports that this week saw all three indexes hit new highs. Spreading even more holiday cheer, consumer confidence is up for November, too.   


This is why we can’t have nice things.

When it comes to cybersecurity, your employees (and you) can’t be trusted. In More Training Won’t Reduce Your Cyber Risk, Harvard Business Review contributors Michael Sulmeyer and Mari Dugas explain why humans remain the weakest link when it comes to cyber risks.  Their article presents a few solutions, too. 


Are you not entertained?

In Research: Why 70 Percent of Employees Aren’t Working to Their Full Potential Comes Down to 1 Simple Reason, Inc. contributor Marcel Schwantes shares the bad news: Your employees aren’t happy and management is to blame. According to the Gallup report Schwantes cites, 82 percent of companies aren’t hiring managers who can motivate employees to do their best. The good news? When you start at the bottom, the only direction you can go is up.  Learn about what to look for in a manager in the article.


It’s that time of year.

Yes! It’s time for a new crop of Christmas ads from Britain. This top ad called #ChristmasTogether is from Waitrose. Enjoy!