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Worker notification in case of plant closing

04/23/2008
Q. The economy is slowing down and we may have to close one of our locations. Does North Carolina have any law beyond the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act that requires notice of large layoffs or business closings? …

Make common sense the driving force of your business

04/10/2008
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Top 5 mistakes employers make and how to avoid them

04/10/2008

Poor communications with employees isn’t just bad for business. It also creates a work environment that’s ripe for legal trouble. Stay out of the courtroom by taking time to explain your actions and make the workplace seem rational to employees. Here’s how.

6 steps for managing ‘difficult’ employees

04/07/2008
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Get employees to grade themselves: A simple, 3-question process

04/01/2008

Drafting  performance reviews is always a daunting task for supervisors, for many legitimate reasons. In reality, it doesn’t need to be that way. One simple way to reinvent performance appraisals is to shift the responsibility for initial evaluations back to your employees.

Partner with marketing to create effective benefits messages

04/01/2008
More than half of all organizations rely on employee newsletters, special mailings and other printed pieces to increase enrollment in benefits programs, says a new study from the benefits consulting firm Watson Wyatt. Those pieces might not be as effective as you think. What you really need to do is convince employees to make some changes in how they manage their own benefits …

Incorporating Self-Reviews: A Simple, 3-Question Process

04/01/2008
by Paul Falcone Drafting performance reviews is always a daunting task for supervisors, for many legitimate reasons: Judging others’ work often appears exceptionally perception-driven (vs. fact-driven), and providing honest feedback is potentially confrontational. Plus, if you overinflate grades, you create a record that may not withstand legal scrutiny if you later want to terminate or […]

Termination meetings must include civility, easy exit

03/01/2008
 Even when someone clearly deserves to be fired, terminations are the toughest tasks for managers and HR. But how you conduct the actual discharge can mean the difference between an amicable parting and a messy lawsuit. One often-overlooked decision: choosing the right setting for the discharge meeting …

Labor pains: The perils of the Employee Free Choice Act

03/01/2008
As the 2008 election cycle intensifies, organized labor is devoting substantial resources to support candidates who will advance its ambitious legislative agenda in 2009. That agenda includes passage of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA). Employers must understand what EFCA passage would mean and what they can do now to ensure that union organizers do not target their employees …

3 free tools to perk up employee teamwork

03/01/2008

If your organization hasn’t moved beyond “reply all” e-mails as its sole means of online employee interaction, promote any of these three options to spark more interaction and productivity …