HR / Employee Relations

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Tales from the trenches: That awful first firing

January 16, 2015
Two hours. That’s how much sleep Jill got the night before she had to fire Les. As Monday progressed toward the awful three o’clock sit-down, she could feel the tension grow in her neck, her chest, even her hands …
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How would your employees grade you?

January 16, 2015
A majority of U.S. workers say their boss is doing an above-average job.
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How to make the final cut among job candidates

January 16, 2015
To choose the best one, give each of them a tour of your facility. Watch how they meet and greet your colleagues.
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Retain older employees with work flexibility

January 16, 2015
Two-thirds of organizations responding to a new survey consider the potential loss of older worker talent over the coming six to 10 years, through retirement or other reasons, a “problem” or “potential problem.”
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Looking to add a perk that will also keep staff healthy?

January 16, 2015
Pick up a few bicycles that workers can use at lunch time.
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How to stop workplace pranks

January 16, 2015

A workplace without levity can undermine morale. But too often, employees push the envelope to garner the laughs. Before such tomfoolery becomes hurtful or dangerous to other workers and spins into a not-so-amusing lawsuit, give employees a heads-up that pranks could result in personal liability.

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Keep worker bees happy and productive

January 16, 2015

Many supervisors take worker bees for granted—until they quit in bunches and the race is on to hire and train new ­people. If this pattern sounds familiar, break it.

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How to cut down on absenteeism

January 16, 2015
If you have employees with chronic attendance problems, you can’t rely on company policy to make things easier. Even if you follow the rules and mete out punishment fairly, it’ll still drain your energy and divert you from more important matters. Minimize the problem from the outset. By educating, tracking and warning people, you’ll reinforce [...]
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When Cupid strikes the workplace

January 16, 2015
It’s easy to see how workplace romances happen: Team members work together in close quarters, sometimes until late at night. Romantic chemistry is natural, and sometimes people feel the need to take things to the next level. But while both parties may be thrilled to find true love, their romance often affects others in the workplace, especially if the affair is short-lived or ends badly.
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Does your workplace pass the freshness test?

January 7, 2015
In the day-to-day grind just to keep up, it’s easy to let the workplace grow stale, and that’s how good ideas get stifled and employees get burned out. Take this self-audit to find out if your organization is pushing hard enough to keep the experience of working there fresh and open to innovation, both on a professional and personal level.
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