EMPLOYEE RELATIONS

For 55% of workers, what they do is who they are

09/22/2014
More than half of working Americans say they get a sense of identity from the work they do, but education and income levels play a big part in the degree to which people feel that way.

The old suggestion box: How to make it work

09/18/2014
Some suggestions from our readers … and some ideas that might be charitably considered, well, unusual.

Get more done! Sign on to that conference call

09/17/2014
According to a new survey by Intercall, a phone service provider, 82% of employees polled admit to working on unrelated items while on a conference call.

Fantasy football comes at a cost

09/16/2014
Yes, it’s a morale boost, but it doesn’t come free. Employers can expect to “pay” an employee (earning a $40,000-per-year salary) $356 in lost productivity to play a season’s worth of fantasy football on company time.

Understand Gen Y to work with them better

09/10/2014
Suspend all prejudices for a minute, and try to understand why these fresh young thinkers do what they do. It's all about the economy.

Is that employee lying? Here's what to look for

09/04/2014
That colleague looking you intently in the eye as he answers your questions may be fibbing. Pamela Meyer, author of Liespotting: Proven Techniques to Detect Deception, says these are common tip-offs that someone is lying.

How to effectively manage workaholic employees

08/29/2014
Suspect you’re managing a workaholic? Here are tips to help the employee find balance, and the organization cut costs and liability.

How to do appraisals for flex-job holders

08/27/2014
What’s the best way to evaluate the work of someone who’s working where you can’t see them? Here’s good advice to pass along to your organization’s managers.

Sitting is the new smoking

08/22/2014
A new University of Southern California study says brain processing speed increases from 5% to 20% when people are standing compared to sitting.

Stay out of court: 6 steps to setting up an in-house dispute resolution process

08/20/2014
An alternative dispute-resolution program lets you identify and address problems while they’re still manageable and before they land in court. Here’s a six-step process for establishing an ADR program.

Four questions every manager should answer

08/19/2014
Employee engagement starts with an engaged manager. It’s important to know the general “wants” of employees, but it’s better for supervisors to connect with the specific needs of each worker. Consultant Mel Kleiman suggests managers need to regularly ask themselves these four questions about each of their employees.

Teach employees to ask for feedback from reluctant bosses

08/19/2014
Why is employer-to-employee feedback in such short supply? The answer is simple: Managers rank it among their most difficult duties.

Track problems as soon as troublemaking starts

08/18/2014

Sometimes, employees who sense they are skating on thin ice at work will decide they want to keep their jobs, improve their output and adjust their attitudes to comply with your expectations. And sometimes they won’t. Determine which path such an employee has chosen by tracking both work performance and behavior over time.

How employers support employee career development

08/15/2014
Most employers are willing to pay for these kinds of professional and career development activities, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s 2014 Employee Benefits survey.

Summer 'blahs' or burned out? Find out and fix it

08/12/2014
Burnout can lead to depression and diminished performance. Plus, it’s contagious, spreading through the team unless you act early and decisively to head it off. Here’s how.
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