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Productivity / Performance

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It’s an epidemic! More workers fake being sick

11/28/2017

Just don’t feel like going into work today? You’re not alone, but be careful what you tell the boss. They’ve heard all the excuses.

Snapshot: Formal appraisals are still the top performance tool

11/28/2017

Most organizations continue to use formal performance appraisals to assess how employees are doing and determine how much to pay them.

Workflex in the 21st Century Act may modernize ERISA

11/22/2017

New legislation would allow employers to create an ERISA plan, known as a qualified flexible workplace arrangement plan, as a way to offer employees a combination of guaranteed paid leave and increased work flexibility options. 

4 ways to inject more oversight into flexible work arrangements

11/21/2017

Employers may perceive flex schedules as a key retention tool, but they’re no longer shy about insisting that day-to-day productivity can’t suffer because of an employee’s altered schedule.

Disability doesn’t provide immunity from discipline or termination

11/08/2017

Some workers wrongly believe a disability immunizes them. If they are disciplined or terminated, they often sue. Those lawsuits will be dismissed early in the legal process if the employer takes the litigation seriously and explains exactly why the worker was disciplined or fired.

Never tie FMLA leave to employee’s performance

10/27/2017
When preparing a performance review, remind supervisors that they should never mention FMLA leave or appear to use it as a factor in the evaluation. That can lead to a big jury award later if the review is used to justify termination—even during a reduction in force.

Help employees connect with their work & workplace

10/26/2017
Gallup has found that just a third of U.S. employees are fully engaged in their jobs. At the other end, 16% of workers are “actively disengaged” in their work.

Stifle that yawn! Everyone else is bored at work, too

10/24/2017
If you’ve ever had a case of the blahs at work, you’re not alone. According to a new survey from staffing firm OfficeTeam, the average professional is bored in the office 10.5 hours per week.

Make sure your good records are dated, too

10/12/2017
When it comes to litigation, employers that keep meticulous performance records and can pinpoint exactly when they made important employment decisions typically fare better than those who keep sloppy records.

Carefully document sudden performance slide

10/11/2017
Sometimes an excellent employee who has received great reviews and consistent raises exhibits a sudden performance decline. When that happens, be sure to carefully document the changes in his or her work.
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