EMPLOYEE RELATIONS

Outrageous employee behavior? Don't fear quick-trigger discipline

07/30/2014

When faced with misbehaving employees, HR people are always counseled to avoid quick firings and hold tight to the three D’s—document, deliberate and decide. But some workplace behavior is so outrageous that employers must take immediate action.

Use tuition benefits to build home-grown skills

07/28/2014

Starbucks got a lot of attention this summer when it announced it would help its baristas—even part-timers—pay for online college classes offered by Arizona State University. That’s news for three reasons.

How to motivate your employees simply by listening to them

07/25/2014

Ken Rees takes every opportunity to ask front-line employees to share their ideas and experiences interacting with customers. “That’s where the answers are,” he says. Rees, CEO of Think Finance, energizes his staff with motivational programs that resonate with employees

Is it time to terminate your formal annual review process?

07/24/2014
Many companies—including Adobe and Netflix—have abandoned formal annual reviews, adopting a more agile approach that focuses on continuous performance management. Could this process work for you?

Personal tech rules when it comes to wasting time

07/23/2014
American employees are ingenious wasters of time. A new poll has identified the worst workplace time-sucks.

7 things leaders should never say

07/17/2014
Dave Kerpen, the author of Likeable Leadership, suggests what top managers (including execs and HR professionals) should never say in the workplace.

Away but still connected: Remote access a plus

07/08/2014
U.S. employees are upbeat about using their computers, tablets and smartphones to stay connected to the workplace after hours. Nearly eight in 10 (79%) workers view this as a somewhat or strongly positive development.

Survey: Working women more stressed than men

07/02/2014
Female employees are more highly stressed at work than men, and they’re more concerned about their health and place a higher priority on staying healthy than their male counterparts, a new survey finds.

Let them butt heads! How to inspire healthy conflict

07/01/2014
Good managers want employees to constructively challenge their ideas because it produces better decisions and problem-solving.

What workers want: Good pay, steady work

06/30/2014
The Society for Human Resource Management’s most recent “Employee Job Satisfaction and Engagement” survey asked employees which aspects of work they rate “very important” to job satisfaction. Here are the top 15.

Blue-collar workers dish on the downsides of their jobs

06/27/2014
When asked to identify shortcomings of their work environment, employees in non-desk jobs cited the following.

Even legal marijuana takes a hit among co-workers

06/24/2014
Regardless of marijuana’s legal status, 46% of U.S. workers would lose confidence in colleagues who smoke pot on their own time. That’s according to a new poll by Workplace Options, a wellness consulting firm.

Nearly one-third of employers expect workers to job-hop

06/19/2014
Does job-hopping (working for various employers for a short period of time) carry the same stigma in today’s job market? Not necessarily, according to a new study from CareerBuilder.

How to identify promotable employees

06/19/2014

For many organizations, promotions are random decisions left to managers. That’s a mistake … and a common one. Use these tips to choose the right people for advancement.

Legal strategy: GM issues recall on dangerous words

06/18/2014

According to an Associated Press report, General Motors is so worried about future litigation that it has ordered employees to stop using 68 specific terms in internal correspondence relating to safety issues.

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