EMPLOYEE RELATIONS

What to do when older workers start to coast

08/23/2016
When employees approach retirement, they sometimes go on autopilot. They may think there’s no way their employer will fire them at their age, assuming management will fear an age discrimination lawsuit. Such sudden drops in productivity can frustrate everyone involved, including co-workers and supervisors.

4 questions to ask before you issue a write-up

08/21/2016
Written warnings form the backbone of an effective progressive discipline system. They provide the documentation necessary for showing what an employee did wrong, when it happened, the circumstances that preceded the events in question and what corrective action the employee must take.

Spot warning signs of chronic absenteeism

08/21/2016
Chronic absenteeism is a chronic drain on the bottom line. Typically, the direct and indirect costs associated with absenteeism eat up 5% to 17% of an organization’s total payroll. Top brass is probably looking at HR for solutions.

Pokémon Go away! Get gamers back to work

08/16/2016
If you don’t have a policy that governs workplace gaming, now is a good time to establish one.

Rosy reviews: 99% of bureaucrats are good at their jobs!

08/12/2016
A new U.S. Government Accountability Office study of performance reviews found that 99% of federal government employees were rated as being good at their jobs, and almost two-thirds do “outstanding” work.

10 common phrases that turn employees against you

08/03/2016
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.

Are disciplinary records clear and complete? Documentation only works if it's accurate

08/01/2016
We say it over and over again: Document, document, document! But perhaps a little more clarity is in order: Document accurately, so there can be no doubt that you clearly recorded the details of violations that led to discipline.

Variable pay strategy: Teach workers to 'manage the boss'

07/20/2016
The biggest trend in employee compensation is pay-for-performance. In many organizations, less employee pay is fixed; more is contingent on performance. In reality, too few managers do what’s necessary to make pay-for-performance work. Solution: Teach the employees to “manage the boss.”

Note all details that went into your decision to discipline an employee

07/18/2016
Always record the details of your disciplinary decisions at the time you make them. Document as if you are assuming that litigation will result from every disciplinary act.

Government employees don't check their Constitutional rights at the workplace door

07/15/2016
Public employees don’t lose their First Amendment free speech rights when they take a government job. Their employer can’t punish them for speaking out on matters of public importance.

Document performance problems even if they are not serious enough to warrant discipline

07/13/2016

Sometimes, an employee’s performance problems may not seem serious enough to warrant a formal performance improvement plan. However, you should be sure to document the problems anyway. Those records will be useful if you later have to terminate someone for economic reasons.

Workplace politics fueled by gossip and rumors

07/13/2016
A new survey shows that most believe office politicking is alive and well in the workplace.

Political talk causing turmoil at work

07/12/2016
A new survey reports increasing tension, hostility or arguments among co-workers because of political affiliation.

Social media functions like today's coffee break

07/08/2016
It’s no secret that plenty of employees spend at least some of the workday visiting social media sites, either on their office computers or their smartphones.

Three investigation lessons learned from a political controversy

07/06/2016
Another day, another political scandal involving a politician accused of having an extramarital affair. Consider the recently exposed allegedly improper relationship between Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley and a top female aide.
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