Forty nine thousand reasons for supervisory training

Have  you ever heard the statement that “ignorance of the law is no excuse?” I heard that when I was younger as an admonition to not do something that was potentially illegal because even if you did not explicitly know it was illegal, you could still be found guilty. As I grew up and got …

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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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You can train them now or you can train them later but later may cost more

Teaching a class the other day, I was covering the subject of training, particularly supervisory training. I referenced a blog post I wrote in September entitled Lack of Supervisory Training costs a company $277,565. It is unfortunate that those cases are more frequent than they should be. I have come across yet another example. $750,000 …

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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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Is bullying in the workplace legal?

I got an email the other day from someone who was asking what they can do about a bully boss. Generally my advice is not geared toward individuals; rather I deal with helping companies. I told the person to talk to their HR department. Upon reflection that was a rather incomplete answer so I wanted …

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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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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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Great Teams Need Great Managers

A study of sales teams and the need for great sales managers has revealed what I consider a truth about all teams: great teams need great managers. A blog post on the Harvard Business Review by Zoltner, Sinha and Lorimer entitled To Build A Great Sales Team, You Need a Great Manager discussed the experience …

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In HR and Management Opinions Can Get You in Trouble

I am certain it is no shock to anyone that having an opinion and expressing it can get you in trouble. It has happened to most, if not all of us, at some time. As a result of that experience many people avoid expressing their opinions to avoid conflict while others embrace the conflict and …

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