EMPLOYEE RELATIONS

Discipline when dashed romance affects work

10/14/2014
Bad relationships can affect employees in surprising ways. When a romance ends, anger and frustration at home can wind up infecting the workplace. You can discipline employees if blow-back from love gone wrong harms your business.

Maybe at least the bagels and coffee are still free?

10/09/2014
Underperformers in IBM’s Global Technology Services strategic outsourcing group have been ordered to spend one day per week for the next six months in training—and take a 10% pay cut for the duration.

Employee's performance hit the skids? Find out why with this 6-step inquiry

10/06/2014

When an employee’s job performance suddenly declines, too often managers and HR wait and hope it gets better. Not smart. Whether it’s an issue with management, personal problems or a mismatch between the employee’s job and skills, it’s key to quickly find out why employees are struggling. Here are six tips for this discussion.

This Halloween, get a monster morale boost

10/02/2014
For some businesses, Halloween is not just another day at the office. These organizations see it as an opportunity to energize the workplace and build company spirit. With Oct. 31 falling on a Friday this year, the timing is perfect to end the week on a high note. Need some celebration inspiration? Take cues from these organizations.

How to make yourself into a leader, not just a boss

09/26/2014
Some people use the words interchangeably. But for many people, the traditional boss is someone who turns employees off, while a leader turns them on. That’s why it’s important to understand how to become a true leader of your team. Here are some useful guidelines.

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.

Discipline when dashed romance affects work

09/16/2014
Bad relationships can affect em­­­ployees in surprising ways. When a romance ends, anger and frustration at home can infect the workplace. That can affect performance, lead to har­ass­­ment charges and generally interfere with the employer’s business.

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.

The power of the doodle

09/15/2014
The little faces, triangles and puppies you've been sketching all these years haven't been for nought.

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.

Feds: Harrisburg leasing firms dodged payroll taxes

09/05/2014
A federal grand jury has indicted three Harrisburg area men on tax evasion charges stemming from their operation of several worker leasing businesses. The U.S. Attorney alleges that the three men paid workers more than $7 million in wages from 2006 to 2012 but never withheld or paid federal income taxes.

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.
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