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Employee Relations

Manage your ‘unofficial’ bulletin board, too

09/22/2016

You need two bulletin boards: One for official wage-and-hour posters and notices of employee rights, and another for employees to use as the organization’s “community” center.

Train managers to build resilient teams that can respond to change

09/20/2016
The team members all understand what’s expected of them. But the group isn’t home free yet. There’s one more piece of the puzzle left: responding to change.

Compare planned discipline with previous incidents

09/16/2016
When it comes to discipline, the key is equitable enforcement. Otherwise, someone might sue.

When you can’t give a bonus

09/09/2016
Your star employee just learned that she won’t be getting a bonus this year, and she is furious. Here’s what to do and say to mitigate the damage.

Keep a civil workplace: 7 tips

09/08/2016
When managers treat employees professionally and with courtesy, bullying will never become an issue. Here are seven do’s and don’ts.

For employees to get ahead, learning beats burning the midnight oil

09/05/2016
Are those employees who come in early, stay late and work superhuman hours charting the quickest path to an illustrious career?

Can a manager ask, ‘Is everything OK at home?’

09/02/2016
Q. If an employee makes four mistakes in a short period of time, can the employer ask, ‘Is everything OK at home?’ This person does office work, not factory, so it’s not a safety issue.

3 online tools for grabbing instant feedback

08/29/2016
Don’t just guess at which benefits your employees want or where they’d like to hold the holiday party this year. Several free web-based survey tools let HR instantly take the pulse of their employees.

Consistent discipline stands up in court

08/24/2016
Employers that consistently enforce their rules fare best when they are sued over alleged discriminatory discipline.

What to do when older workers start to coast

08/23/2016
When employees approach retirement, they sometimes go on autopilot. They may think there’s no way their employer will fire them at their age, assuming management will fear an age discrimination lawsuit. Such sudden drops in productivity can frustrate everyone involved, including co-workers and supervisors.