Creating an Internship Program

Both businesses and students benefit from internships.

For the student, an internship allows them to learn about a potential career from a ‘real-world’ perspective and perhaps earn some money after classes or during the summer.

For businesses, however, the potential benefits are much greater: besides getting part-time workers at an affordable cost, businesses can benefit from the enthusiasm and new ideas of a college student. And if that student has a positive experience with your company, they are more likely to end up as a full-time employee of yours down the line.

The California Chamber of Commerce recently published an article that tends to focus on the fact that internships should be paid. (It’s difficult to establish all of the criteria needed to provide an unpaid internship).

And the most important thing to remember is that if an intern is paid, they are an employee – subject to workers’ compensation and all of the federal and state protections from harassment, discrimination and retaliation in the workplace.

Managing Employees Who Have Body Art

The popularity of tattoos in the “Y Generation” is certain: studies show that up to 40% of people under the age of 30 have body art.

But as this generation enters the workplace, visible tattoos can create issues in the office. According to this report via McClatchy Tribune, more and more people realize that visible body art creates a stigma – for employers and clients alike. And those employees are taking steps to cover their art during working hours.

That’s good news – but employers need to take the lead if they believe that tattoos (or excessive piercings, for that matter) are not good for business. Well-written policies should be created mandating what is expected of employees.

Some employers might say, “I don’t have that problem now – why deal with it?” The answer is because you don’t want to create a policy after your receptionist shows up on Monday morning with twelve rings in her nose, or your sales rep comes back after a weekend in Cabo with a snake tattoo on his face.

Get in front of this issue – like all issues – before it happens.