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Document performance problems even if they are not serious enough to warrant discipline

07/13/2016

Sometimes, an employee’s performance problems may not seem serious enough to warrant a formal performance improvement plan. However, you should be sure to document the problems anyway. Those records will be useful if you later have to terminate someone for economic reasons.

Workplace politics fueled by gossip and rumors

07/13/2016

A new survey shows that most believe office politicking is alive and well in the workplace.

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.

Three investigation lessons learned from a political controversy

07/06/2016
Another day, another political scandal involving a politician accused of having an extramarital affair. Consider the recently exposed allegedly improper relationship between Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley and a top female aide.

Run this anti-theft checklist to secure property

06/28/2016
Employers must have clearly defined anti-theft policies to combat the problem. These guidelines can help you implement a no-theft policy at your organization.

… a worker’s not ready for a job he wants

06/28/2016
Here are some guidelines on how to respond to an employee who wants to take on a job you believe he is not able to do.

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.

New boss challenge: Balancing own, others’ work

06/13/2016
New managers face a number of challenges, but which is the most daunting?