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Productivity / Performance

Keep It Legal: January ’19

12/11/2018
Employee won’t sign? Never forge a signature.

Giving feedback to an underperformer

12/11/2018
Here are some guidelines to help you issue constructive feedback when it’s not so readily accepted.

… You’re giving positive feedback

11/29/2018
Call it positive feedback or old-fashioned praise, it’s one of the most powerful tools in your team-leading toolkit. It can boost production, improve communication and inspire loyalty. Here’s how to dish out the accolades for maximum effect.

ADA: Bosses must address poor performance

11/27/2018
Sometimes, managers allow a poor performer to get by for a long time. Letting it slide seems easier than insisting on improvement or imposing discipline. But delaying action can trip you up later if the employee later claims a disability and demands reasonable accommodations.

Divorce’s effect on the workplace

10/29/2018
One of the most intense employee stressors often goes unmentioned. What sort of toll is divorce taking on someone who works for you?

Beware the 4-month slump

10/13/2018
Most people start a job with a bounce in their step and a gleam of eagerness in their eyes. But after four months or so on the job, most employees feel the job isn’t that interesting, challenging or rewarding. What does this mean for a supervisor?

Most like music at work, cite greater productivity

09/25/2018
Silence may be golden, but most workers feel they’re more productive at the office when listening to music, new research from staffing firm Accountemps shows.

Disability is no excuse for poor performance

09/17/2018
Disabled workers are entitled to reasonable accommodations that allow them to perform the essential functions of their jobs. However, accommodations must be related to the disability. They can’t serve as an excuse not to perform essential job functions.

Oh, no! They shoved a ‘weak link’ on my team

09/14/2018
An employee with a history of poor performance is transferred to your department. What do you do? Here’s a systematic approach to helping an employee with a checkered track record get up and running in your department.

Taking a chance on barely qualified applicant? Prepare to document any shortcomings

09/03/2018
You may be tempted to take a chance on hiring someone who doesn’t have the exact experience or education you usually look for. But be careful. If you end up having to terminate the employee, be prepared to show exactly why he wasn’t meeting your standards.