Hardware Retailing

FEB 2018

Hardware Retailing magazine is the pre-eminent how-to management magazine for small business owners and managers in the home improvement retailing industry.

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Upcoming Events HARDWARE RETAILING | February 2018 96 Newsmakers Find more details about these events and others online at TheRedT.com/calendar. To have your event added, contact Kate Klein at kklein@nrha.org. February 1-3 House-Hasson Spring Market Nashville, Tennessee 9-11 Monroe Hardware Spring Market Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 10-12 True Value Spring Reunion Washington, D.C. 17-18 Florida Hardware Spring Market Orlando, Florida 22-24 Orgill Inc. Spring Dealer Market Orlando, Florida March 4-7 International Hardware Fair Cologne, Germany 8-10 Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Expo 2018 Nashville, Tennessee 10-13 International Home + Housewares Show Chicago 15-17 Ace Hardware Spring 2018 Convention & Exhibits Dallas 23-24 Blish-Mize Spring Buying Market Overland Park, Kansas Upcoming Events It's Time to Address Workplace Harassment M any breaking news headlines over the past year have highlighted a problem that can happen in any business or industry: workplace harassment. While the Hollywood elite and CEOs of major corporations have been in the spotlight, employees across many industries are reclaiming their power at work as well, shedding light on mistreatment through social media and blogs. With the frequency of these reports in mind, every business must take harassment seriously. To ensure that you, your business and your employees are all on the same page, it's important that you not only consider legal compliance but also focus on educating your team members and fostering a safe work environment. For a better understanding of how retailers can be proactive, Hardware Retailing spoke to Patti Perez, vice president of workplace strategy at Emtrain, a company that strives to create healthier workplace cultures. However, this article is not meant to provide legal advice. If you have concerns about policies and procedures, you should always check with a legal professional. Hardware Retailing (HR): Can you tell us about your background in this topic? Patti Perez (PP): Prior to working for Emtrain, I was a licensed California attorney conducting workplace investigations for my clients, who were employers. I am a professionally certified human resources executive, and I'm a specialist in the prevention and resolution of workplace drama, an expert witness in state and federal court and a state regulator. I want to create a shift in the way people communicate and make decisions at work. HR: Can you define workplace harassment? PP: I get this question a lot, and I describe harassment in two ways. One is with a capital 'H' and the other is with a lowercase 'h.' Both make for a toxic work environment, but only the capital H has legal ramifications. However, it's necessary to prevent and address any type of harassment, even if it's not illegal.

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