EMPLOYEE RELATIONS

How to manage your staff through a crisis

07/01/2015
Staff morale is a key factor in how engaged and accountable employees feel in their roles. But how do you keep spirits high when business waters are clearly troubled?

Why are your employees jumping ship?

06/29/2015
With the economy on its firmest footing in years, workers are looking to reap the financial rewards. Asked why they were considering seeking other employment, here's what likely job-changers said they wanted.

Tips to help bosses manage 3 kinds of problem employees

06/26/2015
There’s no shortage of negative employee behaviors that can have an ill effect on the entire workplace. The problem is when the behavior is not so bad where discipline or termination is in order, but managers must do something. And that something isn’t to drop the problem employee in HR’s lap! Help managers overcome some of the most griped about employee behaviors themselves with these tricks of the managerial trade.

Employee failed to tell us about the unsafe condition that led to her injury--can we discipline?

06/17/2015
Q: “I have an employee who told me on Monday that she was hurt on the prior Thursday. While we will certainly take care of the injury and report it and offer care, we would like to write up a disciplinary notice for her not immediately reporting both the unsafe condition that caused the injury as well as the injury itself. May we do this?” – Kary, Maryland

6 tips for turning your slugs into sprinters

06/15/2015
Dealing with underachievers requires using your judgment and some knowledge of human psychology. Here are some ways to get your underachieving employees moving in the right direction.

Top 5 kinds of employee recognition

06/08/2015
Almost 90% of employers have a formal employee recognition program, according to a new study by the WorldatWork association. Two-thirds offer three to six different programs. Here’s what’s most popular.

When an investigation is inevitable

06/05/2015
At some point the question becomes not whether you need to dig deep into a case of workplace misconduct, but who you're going to get for the task. Here are some guidelines.

SHRM survey: Employee satisfaction makes big jump

06/01/2015
U.S. workers are feeling good about their jobs again, the Society for Human Resource Management discovered in its latest Employee Job Satisfaction and Engagement Survey.

The big lie about work that no one really believes

05/29/2015
Writing in his new book The Alliance, Hoffman calls out what he calls the biggest lie employers tell employees.

Employees more engaged when the boss is a woman

05/27/2015
Only one-third of U.S. workers have a female boss, but they are the nation’s most engaged employees. It could be some companies’ hidden advantage.

6 tactics to light a fire under work teams

05/26/2015
Management consultant Laurence Haughton offers this advice to managers who want to turn ordinary groups into what he calls “hot teams.” Pass it along to managers and other leaders who direct team activities in your organization.

Just the 'blahs' or is staff burned out? Find out and fix it

05/25/2015
With today’s workers feeling the strains caused by higher performance requirements and greater responsibilities, it’s important for managers to be able to identify and deal with burnout—the loss of interest and motivation that can result from workplace pressures.

Workplace detective: 10 investigation mistakes to avoid

05/19/2015
How you look into misconduct can have huge legal implications for your company. Get the process right the first time.

Few bosses talk politics, but some twist employees' arms

05/15/2015
Only a quarter of employees polled said their managers have brought up national, state or local politics at work. However, 14% said they felt the motive was to coerce them into agreeing with the boss.

Investigating workplace misconduct: How to use your poker face & steady hand

05/06/2015
A workplace investigation is no country for amateurs. Attorney Ann Kotlarski has laid out what a reasonable one looks like and reveals why you'd better put the very best people on cases holding even a germ of trouble.
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