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Employee Relations

Employers struggle to hire, retain white-collar staff

05/17/2022
A new survey confirms that most organizations are finding it extremely difficult to find and retain qualified workers. The survey, conducted by the Conference Board in March, reveals that hiring challenges extend beyond a shortage of manual services workers.

Investigate suspected FMLA intermittent leave abuse

05/12/2022
Dishonest employees often abuse their right to take intermittent FMLA leave. Fortunately, courts grant employers broad leeway to investigate suspicious absences.

Outsource probe into high-level harassment

05/12/2022
HR pros face a quandary when an organization’s owner, CEO or other senior executive is accused of harassment. Either investigate and risk losing your job, or bury the complaint and lose your integrity. The solution: Engage an outsider such as an attorney to investigate the allegations and determine how to address them.

Employers wrestling with covid safety, return to work

05/10/2022
Employers face a host of issues as they negotiate returning to on-site work amid a historically tight labor market, according to a Littler Mendelson survey conducted in March.

10 things your employees are dying to hear you say

04/28/2022
Only about a third of employees these days say they are “engaged” in their jobs. But in the midst of everyday chaos, it’s hard for managers to think about big-picture issues like employee morale and motivation. Here are 10 phrases or questions you can use with employees to build respect, gratitude and trust, according to a new book by Todd Patkin, Finding Happiness.

10 common phrases that turn employees against you

04/28/2022
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.

Poor employee engagement is lowering productivity

04/26/2022
Over three-quarters of employers report they are struggling to engage their employees, and 34% are seeing an actual cost to business in the form of low productivity, according to a survey conducted in March by outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

Focus on well-being to improve engagement

04/26/2022
Well-being is the watchword these days for employers committed to increasing employee engagement. The drive to support employees’ physical, mental and emotional health in a holistic way—both at work and in the rest of their lives—has been fueled by our collective coronavirus experience.

Don’t suggest retirement in lieu of discipline

04/14/2022
Take care when disciplining older workers. You could be falsely accused of age discrimination if you end up firing the employee. Even a well-intentioned suggestion that the employee may want to retire rather than face termination can be a huge mistake.

Employees are burning out. Are alternative work arrangements the answer?

04/12/2022
Alternative work arrangements may ease employees’ return to the physical workplace. Consider your options carefully.