Don’t imply to staff that benefits are permanent

May 8, 2014
When a group of retired county workers in California saw their health premiums increase, they learned that the county had separated retirees from the larger active-employee pool to calculate rates. That meant the older workers paid more. They sued, alleging they’d been promised rate pooling for years.
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Give new hires a positive start

May 8, 2014
Have you checked your orientation program lately? Is it dry and impersonal—where newcomers sit in a dark conference room watching a dull slide show or video about the organization? If so, you are failing to provide the employee with a warm welcome, a crucial step in incubating a good worker.
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How to hire smart: 5 ways to reduce turnover

May 8, 2014
Filling a vacant position—especially for the second or third time—can take away from other important tasks. Here’s how to get hiring right from the beginning.
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Workplace humor or veiled discontent?

May 8, 2014

Normally, people who laugh and tell jokes are happy, and humor can make the workplace more satisfying for everyone. But when jokes take on a cynical tone, or are directed at the organization and the way it operates, it’s time to stop laughing and asking questions.

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Before you ‘write up’ an employee …

May 8, 2014
Whenever you discipline an employee in writing, you’re adding a permanent stain to the individual’s personnel file. It’s a wise move when other steps fail because it underscores the seriousness of the employee’s behavior. But if you rush to write up staffers, the cost in ill will and distrust may outweigh the benefits.
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Are you burning out? 25 questions to gauge your mental state

May 1, 2014

In the middle of winter, with the holidays a distant memory and spring still months away, motivation begins to flag. It’s the time of year when the seasonal blues can turn into a full-blown job meltdown. Take this self-assessment find out if you’re edging toward the crispy end of the burnout scale.

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4 warning signs a star employee is getting ready to leave

April 11, 2014

Most managers have experienced a situation in which a rising star in their department suddenly resigns. If you know how to look for the warning signs of employee discontentment, you can often see such “surprise” resignations coming … and take quick action to prevent a good employee from becoming an ex-employee.

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New from the EEOC: Tips on background checks

April 11, 2014
The EEOC has released a technical assistance document explaining how employers can legally conduct background checks for employment purposes.
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Leadership Tips: Vol. 314

March 31, 2014
Do more five-minute favors … Learn three lessons from the CEO of Warby Parker … Reverse the odds with a bold act.
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The pitfalls of using social media to screen job candidates

March 17, 2014
Screening out job candidates who look tipsy on Facebook may seem like an obvious way to avoid hiring irresponsible workers. But there are pitfalls to this approach.
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