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Productivity / Performance

Document poor performance, reasons for discipline

01/17/2020
Always document how employees perform and how you handle discipline. If an employee isn’t doing her job to your expectations, create detailed notes describing exactly what she’s doing wrong.

Employer doesn’t have to prove poor performance

01/17/2020
When it comes to whether an em­­ployee is meeting employer expectations, courts almost never look closely at the specifics of that performance. If the employer honestly believes the worker isn’t doing her job, the court won’t second guess.

Determining staff workload

01/10/2020
What’s a reasonable workload for a given position? Your employee should be able to maintain high-quality work, produce the necessary output, and be challenged but not overly stressed. Consider these factors.

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?”

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.

Almost all managers agree: Staff are burning out

09/18/2019
According to the World Health Organization, burnout now warrants classification as an official medical condition resulting from workplace stress.

Cite poor performance to justify termination

09/13/2019
Smart employers always document poor performance with specific examples. That way, you have a ready defense for just about any surprise discrimination lawsuit.