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Communication

Political talk causing turmoil at work

07/12/2016
A new survey reports increasing tension, hostility or arguments among co-workers because of political affiliation.

Social media functions like today’s coffee break

07/08/2016
It’s no secret that plenty of employees spend at least some of the workday visiting social media sites, either on their office computers or their smartphones.

Giving feedback to an overly sensitive worker

06/14/2016
Fortunately it is possible to cut through emotional barriers and tell employees what they need to know about improving their performance. Here’s how.

Back to basics: getting a good grip

06/14/2016

A good, well-timed handshake to pair with your grin is a sure way to stand out, whether you’re at the company picnic or an industry conference. Here’s how important it is: The prospective employee with the best handshake is more likely to get the job, research shows.

Don’t let email mistakes nullify your attorney-client privilege

06/13/2016

Communication with your attorney is protected by law. But, if you or someone on your staff misdirects an e-mail to a third party, that action wipes out your attorney-client privilege.

How to separate vital info in email chatter

06/07/2016
Here are best practices to follow in order to avoid creating long, complicated email threads that bury important information.

Union: New cellphone rule at college violates privacy

06/01/2016
Instructors, especially adjuncts, often use personal cellphones to do their work. Those devices may now be subject to search by public-college employers in Minnesota under a new rule.

Coaching your team from the sidelines

05/16/2016
When our teams need to perform at their peak, we need to guide them from the sidelines.

The art of giving good instructions to employees

04/13/2016
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.

10 Steps to Stress-Free, Lawsuit-Free Termination Meetings

04/08/2016
Terminating an employee is probably the hardest thing an HR professional has to do—and the most legally dangerous. To handle terminations well, you need to keep calm, communicate your message without escalating the tension and stick to a plan. Here’s a 10-step course of action …