HR / Employee Relations

Throw away your interview questions and think ‘I versus E’

October 11, 2018
What can’t job seekers fake in an interview? The answer is attitude, a person’s tendency or way of reacting to obstacles. It’s the #1 predictor of future job performance.
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4 questions to ask yourself before you call someone on leave

September 23, 2018
The wheels of business stop for no one, and when an employee goes out on leave—FMLA or otherwise—it’s surprising how quickly the inconveniences mount. The urge to pick up the phone or dash off a quick email to ask a simple question just to keep the wheels moving is powerful, but pause for a moment before you do it and ask:
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Reference checks: What to ask

September 19, 2018
Chances are your job applicants provided a contact number from their former boss. That’s a great place to mine for information on the prospective employee.
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Poll: Deal-breakers that instantly sink applicants

August 28, 2018
A new CareerBuilder survey asked HR pros to name recent applicant flubs that immediately earned Thanks-But-No-Thanks status.
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Salaries flat in ’19, budgets increasing less than 3%

August 21, 2018
As the job market continues to tighten, you’d think employers’ wallets would loosen up. But that’s not happening, at least not for broad increases in salary budgets.
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How to avoid a wrongful-discharge suit

August 15, 2018
How can you discharge or discipline an employee without ending up in court? Here are seven key tests of whether there was “just cause” for your action.
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The telltale traits of a bully

July 25, 2018
Do you know anyone in your workplace who has the following traits? If so, they just might be a bully.
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Health and wellness perks help attract and retain staff

June 26, 2018
Employers are responding to today’s tight job market by offering better health and wellness benefits, according to new research released by the Society for Human Resource Management.
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Do we need a workplace dating policy to address a recent problem?

June 18, 2018
Q: “We don’t currently have a workplace romance/dating policy, but are seeing the need for one since we are now aware of a relationship between a supervisor and employee. Can we adopt a policy now and enforce it immediately (such as transfers or separation of the two employees)?” – Amianne, Maryland
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Patience and good records beat frivolous lawsuits

May 22, 2018
Some poor performers don’t view their prob­­lems the same way supervisors do. They often fight back with frivolous lawsuits. Be prepared for those legal salvos by constantly maintaining documentation of employee performance.
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