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Performance appraisals: 12 pitfalls to avoid

August 12, 2013
You know the drill. An employee’s evaluation meeting is approaching and you’re all set. You’ve got your detailed notes, you’ve set the time, reserved the room. You’ll establish the tone, show respect and steer the conversation. But here is a list of common traps that can trip up even the most-prepared manager.
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How many what? Google drops its brain teasers

August 12, 2013
Google ranks at or near the top of most “best places to work” lists in part because of its rigorous recruiting and hiring process. One of the company’s hallmarks has been its famously quirky interview questions. Google doesn’t ask them anymore.
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‘Back to school’ may mean ‘time off’

August 12, 2013
Now that school has started, so will the requests from employees asking for a half day here, a full day there to attend some sort of school activity. Most employers are flexible, but just how far they’ll bend depends on whether employees are nonexempt or exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act and states’ short-term leave laws.
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Don’t let compassion for staff consume you

August 12, 2013
Helping employees is part of your job. Right? What you need to recognize, however, is where to draw the line. Use the following tips to maintain your emotional distance from employees’ problems, while still remaining effective.
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NLRB ruling shows risk of Facebook discipline

August 12, 2013
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently ordered a New York City tour bus company to reinstate a tour guide whom it fired for his anti-company Facebook posts.
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FMLA absences rife in certain industries

August 12, 2013
Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) absences are on the rise and some sectors far surpass others in terms of FMLA absenteeism rates, says a new report by EAP provider ComPsych.
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Fudging pay processes? You won’t fool DOL

July 12, 2013
The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division doesn’t want to see any funny business when it comes to accurately recording hours worked or paying employees on time. Don’t even think about manipulating payroll systems. Doing so will result in double damages going back three years.
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Track what happens to everyone on a PIP

July 12, 2013
When Kris failed to meet her performance improvement plan (PIP) goals, she was fired. Kris sued for sex discrimination, claiming no man was ever fired for that reason. But the company offered an explanation: All men on a PIP saw “the train coming” and quit before the pink slips arrived …
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Social media users may be the most productive workers

July 12, 2013
Call center employees who participated in five or more social networking sites had a 1.6% higher sales conversion rate than their co-workers and spent 2.8% less time per call. That’s what the data analytics firm Evolv found when it surveyed 100,000 call center workers about their social media use and on-the-job productivity.
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Problems surface during worker’s FMLA leave: Fire or not?

July 12, 2013

PROBLEM: Tammy, a long-time employee and keeper of the office’s filing system, takes FMLA leave for surgery. In her absence, her co-workers reorganize the filing system and get her work done in a fraction of the time Tammy usually took. The co-workers attribute this to the new filing system plus her absence; they tell you that Tammy was really a disruptive force that destroyed morale. Should you fire her for poor performance when she returns?

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