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Productivity / Performance

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.

Burnout! Four main causes of employee stress, and what you can do about it

08/24/2018
You’ve put in the long hours to build a relationship with your team, and to better understand their strengths, weaknesses, motivators and goals for the future. While these are all key components to a successful relationship with your staff, it’s for naught if you can’t proactively prevent employee burnout.

7 steps for effective, stress-free performance reviews

08/24/2018
Performance review meetings can bring anxiety to both sides of the desk. But it doesn’t have to be that way. With the right planning by supervisors, the meeting can be a productive, morale-boosting exchange. Here are seven steps for running productive and stress-free performance review meetings.

Productivity growth hits 3-year high

08/21/2018
Worker productivity grew at its fastest pace in three years during the second quarter of 2018.

When a previously good performer starts to slide, carefully document decline

08/06/2018
When an employer fires a worker for poor performance and the worker sues alleging some sort of discrimination, the employer must be ready to explain any apparent decline in its performance appraisals. That’s especially true if the worker previously received excellent reviews.

Counseling, all by itself, isn’t an adverse action

07/14/2018
Do you use some form of counseling or peer review to help employees improve their performance? If so, make sure it isn’t tied directly to punishment such as demotion or termination.

Outrage about news could be hurting the bottom line

07/10/2018
Controversial news, such as the recent uproar over immigration policy, could cost employers $832.5 million for every 19.2 minutes workers spend discussing and reading about it at work, according to calculations by Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

Entrepreneurial spirit: How managers can inspire their youngest employees to think like leaders

06/22/2018
Here are some simple ways you can inspire employees to embrace their roles and think more like leaders regardless of their level of experience or responsibilities.