EMPLOYEE RELATIONS

Let employee pick location for performance review

12/22/2016
When you set up performance review meetings, let employees choose the time and place.

How to identify promotable employees

12/22/2016

For many organizations, promotions are random decisions left to managers. That’s a mistake … and a common one. Use these tips to choose the right people for advancement.

Simple idea for boosting productivity: Interdepartmental job swapping

12/20/2016
Do you think productivity gains come only from grand transformations? Sometimes, small, no-cost changes generate the greatest impact.

More employers opening their books to employees

12/14/2016

A new survey shows that private U.S. employers have become much more comfortable about sharing their finanical information with employees. Here are four tips for opening your books to staff ...

Documentation key if you must discipline employee who took protected leave

12/13/2016
Document it carefully if, while an employee is out on protected leave, you discover that she has broken a workplace rule that warrants discipline.

Consistently apply progressive discipline

12/08/2016
Progressive discipline may end up becoming a trap for employers that don’t scrupulously honor the underlying purpose of the rule being implemented.

OK to discipline for bullying online posts

12/01/2016
If you have solid policy guidance on proper workplace behavior, you shouldn’t worry too much about punishing abusive or offensive online behavior that crosses the line into bullying or worse.

Absolute proof not required, just good faith

12/01/2016
As long as you conduct a fair and impartial investigation aimed at getting to the truth, courts don’t demand that you get every fact right.

N.Y. labor law updates: State salary threshold, fantasy sports

11/29/2016
New York employers could be facing higher salary thresholds for exempt workers. They are also confronting a new workplace challenge: the distraction of legal fantasy sports betting.

Treat cases independently when employee being disciplined files complaint of her own

11/29/2016
Sometimes, an employee facing discipline will fight back with allegations of her own. Handle those allegations separately from any pending disciplinary action, and be sure to carefully document each step of both processes.

Take steps to ease conflict over election results

11/18/2016
If pro-Trump/anti-Trump debates are simmering among your employees, don’t ignore them.

Every time, be ready to justify why you disciplined

11/17/2016
Generally, you should enforce workplace rules as equally as possible.

Beware hasty decisions, investigate all the angles

11/10/2016
After investigating a workplace incident but before making a final decision, consider hiring a neutral investigator to assess what really happened.

8 tips for reviews that help employees & you

10/27/2016
A good performance review process benefits employees and employers alike.

10 excuses for calling in sick when you really are not

10/25/2016
Calling in sick when you’re feeling just fine isn’t a new phenomenon, and the whacked-out rationales never get old.
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