EMPLOYEE RELATIONS

10 common phrases that turn employees against you

01/23/2015
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.

Love it or hate it, email is indispensable

01/23/2015
Email tops the list of tech tools Americans depend on to get their work done.

At the tone, send me a text

01/20/2015
Forget leaving a phone message for employees at Coca-Cola’s Atlanta headquarters. The soft drink giant pulled the plug on voice mail last month.

Even unwritten rules must be enforced fairly and consistently

01/12/2015
It’s not enough to impartially and equitably uphold your formal rules. As this new case shows, even unwritten rules require fair and evenhanded enforcement.

America's most depressing job: Driving a city bus

01/09/2015
More than 16% of bus drivers reported being clinically depressed in a recent study that compared rates of depression diagnoses across 55 job categories.

Time to abandon your traditional employee survey?

01/08/2015
Leaders such as Steve Ginsburgh, CHRO of Universal Weather & Aviation, say "yes." He's found that they don’t help much with the real strategic challenges faced by executives and managers.

Rephrase the questions that turn off employees

01/02/2015
Asking the wrong questions at the wrong time can demotivate and disengage your staff. Here are more effective ways to ask some common ones.

How to uncover employees' hidden talents

12/31/2014

You love your stars—the smartest, most reliable employees. It’s the other 80% you worry about. Deep down you’ve already decided they’re destined for mediocrity. Wait! Before you stamp most of your employees as average, help managers unleash their potential.

Manage attendance starting with first incident

12/31/2014
Train bosses to track and immediately warn tardy or absent subordinates. Urge them to use these preventive measures to keep absenteeism in check.

Relocating your office? Steps for success

12/18/2014

At some point, your office will likely need to pull up stakes and head out to unexplored territory, moving the staff and everything else. Your preparations will fall into two categories: (1) ticking off the absolutely-must-do’s and (2) solving the hidden issues that can trip up an otherwise orderly relocation.

How to set up a mentorship program to drive career development

12/18/2014
Sure, it's a great tool that gives employees a proactive boost—but it can also thwart career-ending mistakes.

Yet another argument against Monday morning meetings

12/15/2014
For 90 days, Google analyzed the relative search volume for “hangover cure.”

Email/Internet Usage

12/15/2014

HR Law 101: Employers have any number of legitimate reasons to monitor employees’ email and Internet usage. Beyond personal productivity issues, you risk significant loss should an employee download a virus or other damaging software or engage in illegal activity conducted on company computers ...

Just say it: I'm going home at 5:30!

12/12/2014
The best way to restore sanity to your schedule, see more of your family and still get your work done is simple, says Cal Newport, a Georgetown University business professor and author who also takes seriously being a good parent and partner.

'Sign, sign, everybody sign!'

12/11/2014

What’s one of HR’s most annoying tasks? No doubt it’s getting all employees to sign, date and return a simple document of acknowledgment, policy change or benefits choice. If you feel like you’re herding cats, make things easier on yourself by trying some of these tricks.

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