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Employee Relations

Woo VIP sponsor as group champion

10/21/2014
No matter how productive your HR team’s performance, its real impact depends on whether higher-ups will listen. That’s why you need to recruit a team advisor to make sure your group’s work pays off.

DOL: Baby Vision tried to silence workers, thwart probe

10/15/2014
The U.S. Department of Labor has obtained a restraining order against BabyVision Inc. in Poughkeepsie after workers reported being threatened and intimidated by the company’s two owners.

Discipline when dashed romance affects work

10/14/2014
Bad relationships can affect employees in surprising ways. When a romance ends, anger and frustration at home can wind up infecting the workplace. You can discipline employees if blow-back from love gone wrong harms your business.

Maybe at least the bagels and coffee are still free?

10/09/2014
Underperformers in IBM’s Global Technology Services strategic outsourcing group have been ordered to spend one day per week for the next six months in training—and take a 10% pay cut for the duration.

Employee’s performance hit the skids? Find out why with this 6-step inquiry

10/06/2014
When an employee’s job performance suddenly declines, too often managers and HR wait and hope it gets better. Not smart. Whether it’s an issue with management, personal problems or a mismatch between the employee’s job and skills, it’s key to quickly find out why employees are struggling. Here are six tips for this discussion.

Focus on behavior when disciplining jerks

10/06/2014
Some employees behave in ways that create an unpleasant environment for their co-workers, subordinates or supervisors. There’s no reason to put up with bullies and other ill-behaved employees.

This Halloween, get a monster morale boost … but avoid the legal scares

10/02/2014
For some businesses, Halloween is not just another day at the office. These organizations see it as an opportunity to energize the workplace and build company spirit. Here are tips for celebrating, and to avoid legal trouble related to costumes …

How to make yourself into a leader, not just a boss

09/26/2014
Some people use the words interchangeably. But for many people, the traditional boss is someone who turns employees off, while a leader turns them on. That’s why it’s important to understand how to become a true leader of your team. Here are some useful guidelines.

For 55% of workers, what they do is who they are

09/22/2014
More than half of working Americans say they get a sense of identity from the work they do, but education and income levels play a big part in the degree to which people feel that way.

7 great meeting icebreaker tips

09/22/2014
Getting meeting participants comfortable with one another and ready to work can be a big challenge, particularly when individuals don’t know each other or have worked together only once or twice. Here are icebreaker tips to move past that awkward stage and get things rolling.