EMPLOYEE RELATIONS

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.

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.

4 steps to thwart sticky-fingered workers

06/28/2016
According to a National Retail Federation survey, retail employers caught 80,366 employees stealing in 2014, a figure representing one out of every 38 employees.

Back to basics: getting a good grip

06/14/2016

A good, well-timed handshake to pair with your grin is a sure way to stand out, whether you’re at the company picnic or an industry conference. Here’s how important it is: The prospective employee with the best handshake is more likely to get the job, research shows.

New boss challenge: Balancing own, others' work

06/13/2016
New managers face a number of challenges, but which is the most daunting?

Don't let email mistakes nullify your attorney-client privilege

06/13/2016

Communication with your attorney is protected by law. But, if you or someone on your staff misdirects an e-mail to a third party, that action wipes out your attorney-client privilege.

Document all discipline, just in case of lawsuit

06/09/2016
Carefully document each and every disciplinary action at the time it occurs, complete with details on who said what and when it happened.

Keep track of disciplinary timing in case employee alleges continuing violations

06/09/2016
Employees who allege they have been retaliated against for engaging in some form of protected activity don’t have long to sue. If an employee works for a government agency and alleges that his First Amendment right to free speech has been violated, the lawsuit must begin within three years.

Make it easy for judges to take your side

06/08/2016
Generally, judges hate having to second-guess management actions. An employer’s decision typically stands if it sounds at all plausible and honest.

Investigate all claims of reverse discrimination

06/03/2016
No matter how unlikely you think the complaint may be, investigate every hostile environment claim, including allegations of reverse discrimination.

7 situations you should document every time

05/27/2016
Thorough and accurate HR documentation is what wins lawsuits.
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