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Employee Relations

How to manage grieving staff: Compassion, not silence

08/27/2020
It’s tempting for supervisors to take a hands-off approach to an employee’s grief. However, silently waiting for the employee’s emotional recovery and viewing grief as a “problem to be solved” isn’t the right strategy.

Get staff to own your plan

08/26/2020
You’ve probably found yourself in this predicament: You have what you think is a good plan to achieve a goal or solve a problem. How can you cross the ownership gap between “the boss’s idea” and “our plan”?

Work competition heats up even as teams are dispersed

08/18/2020
While many teams may be dispersed right now, a sense of workplace competition is alive and well, new research from global staffing firm Robert Half shows.

Discipline looming? Expect complaints to be filed

08/13/2020
Employees sometimes try to head off a suspected firing by filing internal complaints. They hope their employers will be so afraid of a retaliation claim that they put the termination on hold. It doesn’t always work.

EEOC opioid advice focuses on job retention

08/13/2020
The EEOC has issued two new publications designed to address issues related to employing people who legally use or illegally abuse opioid drugs.

‘Windowed work’ driving pandemic-era productivity

07/28/2020
To an unprecedented degree, white-collar employees working from home are free to decide when they perform their jobs. A significant percentage are choosing to break their workdays into two or more discrete blocks instead of plowing straight through a standard eight-hour shift.

Google extends work-from-home, others could follow

07/28/2020
News that Google will allow most employees to work from home for 12 more months has other employers reconsidering their own plans to reopen workplaces this year.

4 ways you might unintentionally be adding to employee anxiety

07/24/2020
While you can’t solve many of the challenges your employees now face, you can help manage workplace anxiety by checking in with some of your own managerial habits. Here are four ways managers accidentally add stress to their employees’ lives, and how to adjust your style to be a more supportive leader.

Restart a stalled employee

07/24/2020
When an employee says, “I can’t do my assignment,” you’re likely to be upset. That’s a legitimate reaction, but don’t let it hinder getting the job done and restoring the employee’s motivation. Ask these four questions.

Conduct a solid employee survey

07/22/2020
Employee surveys that help you understand your employees better can help you manage them more effectively. But you need to approach them carefully. Keep these suggestions in mind.