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A user manual for every employee? Imagine the insights they would give managers

When people buy an automobile or an appliance for their house, they typically receive a user manual. Owners can turn to this document to understand the product’s capabilities, learn about care best practices and receive advice on how to troubleshoot a suspected problem. Wouldn’t it be great if employees came with such a guide? The good news is that they can.

Sink retaliation claims by engaging an outsider to investigate bias complaints

Using an outside entity to investigate internal discrimination or harassment complaints helps prevent retaliation lawsuits. That’s because there’s no reason for an outside investigator to take sides in the outcome.

SECURE 2.0: Is it the answer to both the retirement crisis and employee retention?

With HR struggling to boost retention numbers, some experts believe SECURE 2.0 provides part of the solution. “SECURE 2.0 is the most sweeping legislation we have seen in the retirement industry,” said Mike Griffin of UBS Workplace Health Solutions.

The key to running more effective meetings

While meetings are necessary for virtually every organization, they’re often a source of frustration for employees. That’s especially true if the meetings they attend are delayed, unproductive or could have been covered in an email.

How to keep new employees productive & engaged

When employees quit shortly after being hired, the departure is a gut punch to productivity and adds unnecessary costs. Plus, it can send unsettling shock waves to employees. Managers set the foundation for good employee relationships during the hiring process and in those first weeks on the job. Here are tips to keep newbies onboard, productive and engaged.

Survey: Mental, emotional stress is leading cause of employee burnout

Sixty-one percent of workers participating in a new poll by the Grant Thornton consulting firm said they had experienced burnout in the last year.

NLRB ruling: Weigh context when punishing employee for angry outbursts

The National Labor Relations Act, which is administered by the National Labor Relations Board, protects employees’ right to form and join a labor union and engage in so-called concerted activities to improve working conditions. Recently, the NLRB ruled that occasional angry outbursts—even if offensive enough to potentially create a hostile environment under Title VII—are protected activity under the NLRA.

3 ways to transform your managers into coaches

Companies looking for long-term success build managers who guide teams beyond day-to-day operations. Leaders with solid coaching skills inspire their charges to reach higher levels—and take the organization to new heights. Could your managers pay more attention to the coaching aspect of their role? Try these three strategies.

Smart strategies for surviving this fall’s open enrollment

Open enrollment for health insurance benefits is an inevitable autumn ritual that can cause great stress for HR and for your employees. It usually comes at the busiest time of the year, when HR pros—along with everyone else—are tending to year-end deadlines. Smooth the process by planning now to implement these strategies.

Want your top performers to stay? Ask these questions

Stay interviews are one of the best ways for employers to better understand their employees, take proactive measures to keep them satisfied and encourage them to stay put instead of seeking other job opportunities. Here’s a look at some useful stay interview questions to ask, organized by category.