EMPLOYEE RELATIONS

Active shooters on site? Staff trained to confront, not cower

02/04/2016
In response to the recent spike in high-profile mass shootings and ­suicide terrorist attacks, more em­­ploy­­ers are training their workers how to respond to a shooter in the ­workplace.

Supervisors' guide to progressive discipline

02/04/2016
No state or federal law requires you to establish a progressive discipline policy. If your organization has one, however, make sure all your supervisors understand and follow it.

Warn bosses: Dodge these 7 common evaluation traps

01/27/2016

When training supervisors how to conduct performance appraisals, warn them to avoid these seven mistakes that can taint the evaluation process.

What to ask before punishing insubordination

01/20/2016
An employee who doesn’t do what is asked of him or her is not necessarily insubordinate. Before disciplining for insubordination, delve a little deeper into the employee’s resistance.

Who's winning the workplace Cold War?

01/11/2016
The weather outside may be frightfully bizarre this winter, but the temperatures inside can be just as difficult for many to adjust to. According to a new Harris poll, 23% of employees say their office is too cold, while 25% are too hot.

4 ways to get busy people to read your emails

12/30/2015
There are several things you can do when writing emails to get your readers’ attention and urge them to continue reading, according to the email marketing experts at the Specialized Information Publishers Association.

Counter years of good reviews by documenting legit reasons for discipline

12/22/2015
Generally, if an employer gives an employee consistently good reviews, courts will view that as evidence that the employer was satisfied with the worker’s job performance. An employee who alleges discrimination or retaliation can then use those good reviews to show that something else must have been the reason for a sudden discharge.

Do employees feel like they 'belong'? 5 red flags

12/21/2015
When employees feel like they belong in an organization, they’ll give you their all. When they feel like outsiders, you’ll only get a half-hearted effort at best. Here are five red flags ...

Mental health concerns? Focus on behavior

12/18/2015
Worried an employee may have an undisclosed mental disability that is causing problems at work? Don’t treat him with kid gloves or suggest he seek mental health care.

Sensitive job, angry worker? OK to discipline

12/17/2015
Some workers think that anytime their employer criticizes an emotional state or suggests therapy, the employer is “regarding” them as disabled. Thus, goes the argument, the employer violates the ADA when it tries to intervene.

The 5 common myths about workplace conflict

12/14/2015
Managed correctly, conflict can be a positive source of innovation and creativity. How do you harness its power?

Remind managers: It's essential to document every disciplinary decision and punishment

12/10/2015
You never know which fired employee will sue. That’s why it’s important to make sure every disciplinary decision is based on solid business reasons. You may even want to create an internal disciplinary checklist to ensure managers and supervisors know how to document discipline.

5 ways to reduce absenteeism

12/10/2015

It may surprise you that the first item on the list of ways to get people to come to work more often is to encourage dissent. 

Beware happy employees! They might be ready to bolt

12/08/2015

It sounds counterintuitive, but happy workers may not be everything you believe. The time to check in with them is now.

Give Those Seasonal Part-Timers Your Full HR Effort: 7 Tips

12/04/2015

Today's new payroll numbers show that employers are confident in bringing on that extra employee or two, expecially at this time of year. But too often, part-timers don't get the same HR attention as full-timers. If your organization employes lots of part-timers or seasonal staff, consider these tips ...

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