EMPLOYEE RELATIONS

Caring about employees leads to more care about work, clients

10/30/2014
On their first day of work, employees of PEP Housing in South Petaluma, Calif., are greeted by a “welcome” sign on their office doors—the boss’s first effort to show the new staff member that he or she “belongs.”

A rock-star employee leaves: Now what?

10/28/2014

The hole left when an outstanding employee departs can seem big enough to swallow up the productivity of that person’s whole department. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are four tips to maintain order and productivity when a top employee moves on

5 principles for creating a culture of positivity at work

10/27/2014
Positivity is what keeps a workplace ticking. It all starts with supervisors. And all they have to do is treat employees better.

Disengaged at work? Probably a business major

10/24/2014
Recent college grads who majored in business are least likely to express strong interest in the work they do now, according to a recent Gallup survey.

Bullying: The workplace's equal opportunity problem

10/22/2014
Twenty-eight percent of workers responding to a new CareerBuilder.com poll say they have felt bullied at work. For 19%, the abuse was so bad they quit their jobs because of it.

Woo VIP sponsor as group champion

10/21/2014
No matter how productive your HR team’s performance, its real impact depends on whether higher-ups will listen. That’s why you need to recruit a team advisor to make sure your group’s work pays off.

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.

Focus on behavior when disciplining jerks

10/06/2014
Some employees behave in ways that create an unpleasant environment for their co-workers, subordinates or supervisors. There’s no reason to put up with bullies and other ill-behaved employees.

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.
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