HR / Employee Relations

Working from home is the new normal: Projected trends for the future

May 7, 2020

By now, organizations and teams have adjusted to working remotely amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Some came to this point more grudgingly than others. Astute organizations will come out stronger and with a different view on how to approach the work experience. Here are some other trends likely to emerge.

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Emergency law grants paid sick, FMLA leave

March 19, 2020
Many employees affected by the coronavirus pandemic will be eligible for paid sick leave and some will be able to take paid FMLA leave under legislation signed into law March 18.
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Widen the scope of reviews

March 13, 2020
We usually judge employees’ work by the traditional standards—quality of work and amount done. However, since no employee works in a vacuum, add these factors to your evaluations to create a more accurate picture of a worker’s contribution to your group.
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Misconduct? Keep your cool

January 23, 2020
You need to act when employees break company rules or fail at their tasks, but you should never become abusive or slanderous. Here are a few suggestions for treating a bad situation as positively as possible.
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7 things not to say when firing

January 2, 2020
It’s inevitable: At some point in your career, you are going to have to fire someone, and it’s up to you to lead the termination meeting. When you do, make the situation less horrible for both of you by avoiding the following seven phrases.
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Keep a log of ‘critical incidents’

September 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.
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How to document employee infractions: 4 ‘musts’ to include

July 27, 2019
In his recent Business Management Daily webinar, Documenting Employee Performance, author and HR executive Paul Falcone explained how much (and what kind) of details should be included when documenting employee performance and behavior problems.
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OK to fire by email?

June 19, 2019
Q. One of my employees works from home. Can I terminate him via email or do I need to call him in?
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Head off a lawsuit with an apology?

June 19, 2019
Some attorneys now advocate that an often-overlooked option of simply saying “I’m sorry” in certain situations may actually soothe feelings, and even defuse legal action.
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Positive tests for pot hit 14-year high last year

April 16, 2019
More workers are testing positive for marijuana than at any time in the last 14 years, according to data compiled by Quest Diagnostics.
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