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Suspect employee theft? Skip the lie-detector test

11/14/2019
Federal law says most employers cannot require employees to take polygraphs.

‘Selling’ benefits: 5 ways to repackage perks & increase participation

11/05/2019
The two keys to greater use of your work/life benefits: constant communication and the right kind of communication. Here are five suggestions to achieve those goals.

Poor health doesn’t excuse poor performance

11/04/2019
Employees with a serious health condition are entitled to FMLA leave. That doesn’t mean poor health is an excuse for poor work.

What’s the biggest killer of productivity?

10/24/2019
Nearly 3,000 office professionals in the United States were asked, “What is the single biggest distraction that impacts your productivity at work?”

Harness the power of the thank-you note

10/11/2019
If the last time you remember penning an actual thank-you note was at age 10 when your mother insisted you couldn’t spend the birthday money Aunt Helen sent until you wrote one, you’re missing out on a simple way to connect with others—and enhance your own life.

Toxic culture triggers turnover, costs billions

10/01/2019
One in five Americans have left a job in the past five years due to bad company culture. The cost of that turnover is an estimated $223 billion, according to a new SHRM report on workplace culture.

Who are the real gossipers at work? You may be surprised

09/26/2019
More than two-thirds of white-collar workers admit to gossiping about co-workers or workplace issues.

Empower bosses to recognize employee contributions

09/23/2019
Every day at work ought to be Thanksgiving Day, according to Karl Ahlrichs, senior consultant for employee benefits at Gregory & Appel Insurance in Indianapolis. He offers these suggestions for inexpensively thanking employees for their efforts.

Keep a log of ‘critical incidents’

09/23/2019
Managers are always making judgments about their employees. On a day-to-day level, these judgments are usually informal and even unconscious. The problem is that many of those thoughts are forgotten when it comes time to prepare a formal appraisal. Try keeping a “critical incidents” log.

‘Interrogate’ without triggering legal liability

09/19/2019
Aggressively questioning an employee suspected of stealing from your workplace can be a flash point for a lawsuit. If you are part of the investigation, follow these guidelines when interviewing suspects.