PRODUCTIVITY / PERFORMANCE

Telecommuting: A search for equilibrium

07/20/2017
Even as the overall numbers of telecommuting employees rises, some companies are reconsidering their telecommuting policies. The fluid situation suggests that there is no one-size-fits-all policy that covers the who, how and when of telecommuting.

How to confront mistake-prone employees

06/29/2017
It’s never easy for managers to confront an employee whose performance is slipping or who has begun making more mistakes. Here are some key rules of engagement.

When bias charges loom, documentation proves discipline was warranted

06/28/2017
When it comes to terminating an employee for poor performance, careful documentation is essential. Make sure you can later explain exactly how you handled the employee’s performance problems.

Document performance to beat bias claims

06/13/2017
When a fired employee claims he was the victim of discrimination, be prepared to show that the real reason for termination was poor performance. That requires keeping detailed documentation of any work deficiencies.

Snapshot: Who is most responsible for giving workers what they need to succeed?

06/12/2017
HR, IT and top brass all have some effect on employee success, but none matter more than immediate bosses.

SHRM award winners show off best practices

06/06/2017
The winners of the Society for Human Resource Management’s “2017 When Work Works Award” provide insight into the practices of effective workplaces.

36% of employers lack structured onboarding

05/30/2017
Seeing less than desirable performance levels from your new employees? Your onboarding process—or the lack of one—may be to blame.

Old reviews don't trump recent performance

05/10/2017
Employees who are fired for poor performance sometimes challenge the decision by citing previous performance reviews showing that they were good workers. Courts don’t always buy it, especially if the employer can show that the good evaluations happened under another supervisor or in different circumstances.

Snapshot: Telecommuters are less engaged

04/15/2017
Forty-three percent of employees work from home at least some of the time, and 20% are full-time telecommuters.

Conflict: OK to hold boss to higher standard

04/06/2017
When a supervisor and subordinate don’t get along, most of the onus for resolving the conflict falls on the supervisor. If he or she doesn’t rise to the occasion, the appropriate course of action might be to fire the boss.

Being placed on improvement plan isn't automatic proof of poor performance

03/29/2017
Don’t expect a court to simply take your word for it that an employee was doing a poor job.

Patience makes discipline bullet-proof

03/29/2017
Courts like to see that employers gave employees a chance to improve before firing them for performance problems. That’s why it’s smart to exhaustively document your effort to correct poor performance.

Quiz: How to track employee performance and behavior

03/23/2017
Not only will good documentation help you provide more direct feedback to employees, your copious records could help save the organization in case of an employee’s lawsuit.

Performance falling short? Offer second chance with new boss before terminating

03/22/2017
The employee will have a hard time winning any subsequent lawsuit, since he had an additional chance to prove himself.

After the honeymoon, how happy are your employees?

03/12/2017
Professionals with between one and two years on the job are less happy, less interested in their work and more stressed than those still in their first year.
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