Ten Human Resources Steps that WILL save you!

As I was teaching my HR certification class on Saturday we talked about the issue of how HR is to respond to an employee revealing information about actions that could be damaging to the company, but then asking HR to keep it confidential. Of course, HR cannot do that. They have an obligation to investigate. …

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Why Honesty is the best policy in terminations

  I have often run across companies that want to soften the impact of firing someone by offering them the opportunity to “voluntarily resign” rather than have a termination on their record. In other situations employers are “eliminating a job” or having a “layoff” or some other action to blunt the perceived impact of firing …

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Does LOVE Work as an Employee Relations Method?

  At the SHRM- Atlanta December meeting the speaker talked about the concept of LOVE as an effective employee relations strategy. He mentioned that with the emphasis in most businesses on the bottomline many managers are skeptical of such an approach. At the outset you could count me among them. After listening to him I …

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Have an Attendance Problem? Try this!

All of us have had an attendance problem. I mean that we have had an employee who is habitually late. How do you handle it? Focus on the behavior Rather than finding fault with the employee you handle attendance problems by determining what the problem is and getting the employee to take ownership of the …

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A Short Lesson to Improve Your Work

Author Rory Vaden writes in his e-book The Secret to Self-Discipline that there are three types of procrastination. I have known HR professionals who have suffered from each, as have I. So I wanted to give you this short lesson in hopes it will improve your work. First is classic procrastination, something we have all …

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Association Is Not A Protected Category or Is It?

  Most of us know that employees that for work private sector companies that employee 15 or more workers is covered by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and its various amendments. This law defines various protected categories of workers, such as race, gender, religion and disability. But what about people who …

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Tracking Employees By GPS: Better Have a Good Policy

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision made it illegal for police departments to track people by use of a GPS device. (United States v. Jones, No. 10-1259). Naturally with that ruling the question of whether employers can track employees by the use of a GPS, especially in a smart phone, was raised. The consensus of …

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Good Documentation and Good HR Practices Count

It is important to occasionally revisit why good documentation and good HR practices count in making sure your company is well run and stays out of trouble. A decision handed down in March of 2011 by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) demonstrated why companies should ensure that they promptly investigate ALL complaints …

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Behaviors That Can Get You Fired

 I have no intention of creating a list of behaviors that can get you fired. If you want to see that go read your employee handbook. This post is more of a reaction to another list that was published on January 10, 2012 in CBS  Money. The article is entitled 5 behaviors that can get …

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Being Anti to Anti-Bullying Laws

I am no fan of any new workplace legislation that can already be handled by current mechanisms in place. That is why I am “ANTI” to anti-bullying laws being passed. There is a lot of press time being paid to bullying and hazing these days. It certainly needs to be stopped; however, legislation is not …

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