Planning for productivity: What time of day are workers at their best?

September 15, 2010

If you plan important meetings for 3 p.m. or host brainstorming sessions after lunch, it’s time to reconsider those strategies. Late afternoon is the most common time for workers to hit the productivity wall, a new study says.

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Interviews: The legal way to ask 5 risky questions

August 4, 2009
Job discrimination claims are running at record-high levels in the past two years. Way too many problems start when hiring managers ask the wrong questions during job interviews. Here’s how to ask five key questions without risking a hiring discrimination charge. (Plus 16 questions no one should ever ask.)
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Onboarding: 15 questions to ask employees in their first 60 days

May 22, 2007

With the economy on the rise, employees are finding it easier to leave jobs in which they’re not completely comfortable. That’s putting more pressure on HR and managers to improve the onboarding process for new hires.

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25 off-limits interview questions

April 27, 2007
Job interviews present a minefield of legal problems. One wrong question could spark a discrimination lawsuit. That’s why you should never “wing it” during interviews. Instead, create a list of interview questions and make sure every question asks for job-related information that will help in the selection process. To avoid the appearance of discrimination during interviews, do not ask the following 25 questions:
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Avoid these 5 telecommuting liability pitfalls

April 1, 2007
As telework’s popularity grows, so do legal concerns for employers. To lower your risks, devise a telecommuting policy that protects you on these fronts.
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Employee fraud: Know whom (and what) to look out for

January 1, 2005
You may be surprised to know that U.S. businesses lose an average of 6 percent of their annual revenues to employee fraud and theft, and smaller businesses are even more vulnerable. So, instead of just trying to shield your organization from outside intruders, you may want to focus security efforts equally (if not more) on […]
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Steer the interview back on track if applicant strays

May 1, 2004
You know that certain questions are off-limits in a job interview. Just one wrong query, say about a candidate’s marital status or ethnicity, could run afoul of federal sex, age, race, religious, disability or national origin discrimination laws. But what do you do when a candidate volunteers such personal information?
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Weed out applicants with ‘silver bullet’ interview question

September 1, 2003
Issue: Interviewers often have one pet question they use to test an applicant’s quality.
Benefit: The right question can separate the contenders from the pretenders …
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When an appraisal is long overdue

May 1, 2003
If you haven’t found the time in a long while to review your people’s performance, should you just forget about it? Not at all, but as you embark on long-overdue appraisals, keep these points in mind.
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