EMPLOYEE RELATIONS

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.

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.

Leverage your workplace culture to attract and retain

02/05/2015
In an increasingly competitive market, traditional incentives such as salary scale and benefits packages alone are not going to cut it. Crafting a powerful, engaging culture not only boosts hiring, but it also helps you keep the talent you already have.

Practice quiet leadership to bring out the best in teams

02/04/2015
The key to team leadership is knowing how to pull back and let the group gel.

Don't let internal complaint derail discipline

02/03/2015
When faced with negative reviews and worried about losing their jobs, some employees file internal discrimination complaints in an effort to avoid discipline. Don’t play that game!

Feel free to survey employee attitudes--the results won't be used against you

01/28/2015
You don’t need to fear a lawsuit when asking what workers think.

10 common phrases that turn employees against you

01/23/2015
Managers are human. You’re bound to make some unfortunate word choices now and then. But employees will give you a pass on those annoying expressions for only so long. Spew these 10 phrases at your peril.

Love it or hate it, email is indispensable

01/23/2015
Email tops the list of tech tools Americans depend on to get their work done.

Start progressive discipline if there's been no cooperation

01/22/2015

Some employees resent it when their employer requests work that falls outside their usual job duties. They may resist training and generally become uncooperative to the point of insubordination. That’s when it’s time to implement your progressive discipline system.

At the tone, send me a text

01/20/2015
Forget leaving a phone message for employees at Coca-Cola’s Atlanta headquarters. The soft drink giant pulled the plug on voice mail last month.

Defend discipline with detailed records

01/13/2015

You discipline an employee for a serious rule violation, perhaps by firing the employee. Because you had good reasons for discharging the employee, you may think that you can’t be sued for discrimination. That’s not necessarily true.

Should employees get copies of reviews?

01/12/2015
Q. We usually don’t allow our employees to read or comment on their annual evaluations. Instead, we perform a performance review one-on-one and have them sign an acknowledgment that they have discussed their performance. Do we need to provide them with a copy of the evaluation?

Even unwritten rules must be enforced fairly and consistently

01/12/2015
It’s not enough to impartially and equitably uphold your formal rules. As this new case shows, even unwritten rules require fair and evenhanded enforcement.
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