From the archive: The importance of having the right supervisor

I have been receiving emails from workers who have read my blogs asking me what they can do about a horrible supervisor. That prompted this repeat of a post from 2016/ As a long time HR practitioner I have learned that most companies get in trouble not for what HR does or for what employees …

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Avoiding lawsuits is as simple as a little bit of training

An office cleaning company found out that just providing supervisors with a little bit of training would have been a much cheaper solution than paying a $16,000 settlement because of discrimination. Scoliosis gets in the way According to the EEOC a Michigan based company that provides corporate cleaning services will pay $16,000 to settle disability …

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Lack of Supervisory Training costs a company $277,565

As an HR consultant I often find that companies often provide the least amount of training to the one group of employees who most need it, supervisors. I am not talking technical skills I am talking people skills. Most people are promoted into supervisory positions because they are often technically talented. By giving them the …

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Three reasons supervisory training is so important

  My consulting practice is geared toward small and midsize businesses. One issue I find that is common to many of those companies is a lack of supervisory training. Of course that is unfortunately all too common with larger companies as well. We promote people to those positions often without any preparation. It is as …

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According to the Supreme Court a Supervisor IS….

  In the last week of June, 2013 the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) rendered two employment related decisions that it is important for employers to note. One of these dealt with the subject of retaliation claims. I will deal with that one tomorrow. The other one dealt with the definition of “supervisor.” …

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Knowing Your Employees is more Important than You Think

  I have written on the importance of knowing your employees beyond their company existence. This means you know the communities the employees live in. This means you know your employees families. This means you know their wants and desires. You may ask “Why do I want to do that?” The answer lies in what …

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In 2013 Supervisory Training will be Critical

  If you saw my post on my HR Predictions for 2013 you have some idea why supervisory training will be critical in 2013. The government is going to be very active in watching for potential discrimination, overtime violations and safety violations and where the “rubber meets the road” is in the actions of supervisors. …

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Steps to Stay Out of Trouble Caused by Supervisors

  As I wrote about yesterday supervisors are a hotly contested issue. But we have all known that for quite a while. Supervisors are the closest managerial representative to the employees. The have significant influence over employees, hopefully for good, but not always. So here are steps to stay out of trouble caused by supervisors. …

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When is a Supervisor Really a Supervisor?

  Who is a supervisor is a VERY HOT topic these days, so hot in fact that the Supreme Court of the U.S. (SCOTUS) just heard a case about the definition in relation to Title VII discrimination claims. The SCOTUS has decided this several time already in some very famous cases that all certified HR …

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