EMPLOYEE RELATIONS

6 keys to coaxing better work from employees

03/31/2015
When a manager says, “I wish I could motivate Alex,” that usually means “I wish I could get Alex to do the job better.” Pass along these tips to bosses who want to boost their employees’ performance.

How to motivate your 'It's just a job' workers

03/30/2015
Despite all of our in-house engagement programs, mentoring retreats and conferences hosted by professional motivators, employee engagement today stands at roughly less than 50%. And the percentage of employees actively disengaged from their jobs is close to 20%, according to Gallup’s Global Workplace Engagement Survey. What's to be done?

5 ways to encourage constructive dissent

03/24/2015
Innovative companies these days are doing more to snuff out their yes men cultures.

Last-chance agreement can salvage employee

03/23/2015
If immediate termination isn’t wanted or warranted, use a last-chance agreement to retain a marginal worker who shows some promise. It will show a court that you acted in good faith before ultimately pulling the termination trigger.

Spur innovation: 3 tips from NASA HR

03/23/2015
NASA aims to create a “culture of innovation,” Jeri Buchholz, NASA’s assistant administrator for human capital management, told Federal News Radio. To that end, the space agency focuses on three strategies.

4 ways to ruin a performance evaluation

03/19/2015
Give your best employee evaluations by avoiding these common mistakes suggested in a recent CBSnews.com report.

Employee promotions increase nationwide

03/17/2015
The percentage of employees receiving promotions increased to 9% in 2014, up from 7% in 2010 according to a new “Promotional Guidelines” survey released by the total rewards nonprofit WorldatWork.

Workplace lexicon update

03/13/2015
Sadly, these buzz phrases have recently entered the vocational vocabulary, according to Forbes.

Tenure in the 21st century: Employees are staying put

03/13/2015
Employee tenure—the average length of time someone has spent working continuously for the same employer—has risen steadily since the turn of the century.

Manager quiz: How effective is your team?

03/03/2015
Genuine teamwork in most organizations is as elusive as it’s ever been, says Patrick Lencioni in his book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team. Take this quiz to see what is holding your team back from being in perfect harmony

Better late than never--if you have a good excuse

02/27/2015
Getting to work on time can be hard enough without the added obstacles imposed by bathroom mishaps, gas station stick-ups and, of course, bands of roving deer. The pollsters at CareerBuilder recently asked more than 2,100 hiring and HR managers for the most ridiculous excuses for tardiness they have heard.

Bright idea: Think outside the suggestion box

02/23/2015
Often, employees do have some great ideas. They just need the right way to deliver them to you.

Safeway adds benefits for LGBT employees

02/17/2015
Safeway is making its support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees and shoppers visible with some perks for workers and the communities where its grocery stores are located.

Even if criminal charges don't hold up, it's OK to discipline government worker

02/16/2015

When a government employee is arrested and charged with a crime related to her job, most public employers take some form of action—typically suspending the employee pending trial. If they are found guilty, they usually are terminated. Then the employee is entitled to “some sort of a hearing,” according to Supreme Court precedent. But what if criminal charges wind up being dropped?

It's cheaper to retain employees than to replace them

02/12/2015
It’s clear that reducing employee turnover is a smart management strategy. Here are six ways to do that.
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