COMMUNICATION

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.

NLRB probes slow response to post office data breach

04/13/2015
The National Labor Relations Board has taken the U.S. Postal Service to task over its delay in informing its employees of a cyber breach in the late summer or early fall of 2014.

The art of giving good instructions to employees

04/13/2015
The ability to give instructions is a vital skill for an HR pro or manager. And it is a skill—one you can learn and improve on. Here are some guidelines.

Workplace lexicon update

03/13/2015
Sadly, these buzz phrases have recently entered the vocational vocabulary, according to Forbes.

Bright idea: Think outside the suggestion box

02/23/2015
Often, employees do have some great ideas. They just need the right way to deliver them to you.

Don't fear surveying employee attitudes

01/28/2015
You might not always like what they tell you, but one thing you don't need to be wary of is a lawsuit.

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.

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.

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 ...

'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.

Meet the new boss: How to approach an existing team

11/25/2014
Whether you’re managing a new team as a result of a promotion, job change or an organizational restructure, stepping in to lead a pre-existing team—and the established dynamics, group norms and expectations they tend to possess—demands a thoughtful management strategy. Here are some tips on how to manage a new staff.

6 steps for getting employees on your side during cost cuts

11/17/2014
Time and again, these cuts are poorly communicated to employees. Build a strategic process to do it well.
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