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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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Decrease sick leave abuse

December 10, 2014
Try this tip to extract a little honesty from people calling out sick.
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What are employees really doing on conference calls?

December 10, 2014
Answer: They’re getting other work done.
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Bank stops chitchat in Spanish, pays $295k

December 10, 2014
A Minneapolis Wells Fargo employee, who is Hispanic, complained to the bank’s human resources department that her supervisor told her not to speak Spanish during her non-duty time, according to a lawsuit filed by the EEOC.
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Before you hand out those W-2s to your workers …

December 10, 2014
You might want to consider a tactic that will prevent those all-important documents from getting damaged in employees’ washing machines or chewed up by their hungry pets.
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Employee calls in sick after you deny her the day off

December 10, 2014
Your department has a big meeting Wednesday that requires every staff member to be present. Several days before that meeting, one of your employees tells you she needs Wednesday off to tend to some personal business. You tell her that attending the meeting is mandatory and that she can choose another day to take off. Wednesday morning, she calls in sick. What would you do?
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