Nearly everyone has opinions—and complaints—about performance management. The annual performance review in which employee and supervisor fill out a form and sit down for a talk is rapidly going out of style. Although that system addresses an employee’s strengths and weaknesses and may even include a discussion of goals for the future, it’s increasingly seen [...]
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Maybe an employee’s performance has gone downhill or someone’s prickly personality is making coworkers miserable. Or maybe a personal hygiene problem requires action. Any number of situations that land in HR’s lap can trigger the need for a difficult conversation.
No pat set of instructions exists since each situation is unique, but keeping a few principles [...]
A survey showing most U.S. office workers have negative feelings toward traditional performance reviews may not be earth-shattering news. It’s hardly a surprise to learn that large numbers of employees consider such reviews stressful, tiresome time-wasters with fallout often coming in the form of tears and resignations from disappointed workers.
Despite widespread disapproval, traditional reviews [...]
by Lauren E.M. Russell
Employment attorneys are frequently left to clean up the mess after a difficult termination. But engaging with your employees in a professional and respectful manner can go a long way toward simplifying termination cases. The following article provides some hard-won advice on the do’s and don’ts of employee [...]
by Jason Ritchie
It’s imperative that you train your supervisors on key workforce management topics. Here are three compliance areas that should top your training list.
For being a subject many people dread to think about, performance reviews have been getting a lot of thought lately. Business publications have been relating how big name companies like Microsoft, Adobe, Deloitte, and most recently Accenture have scrapped traditional rankings and once-a-year reviews in favor of new thinking. Tired of the possibly ineffective and [...]
Human resources professionals know well the mantra: Document, document, document. But just writing things down isn’t enough. HR needs to recognize and avoid common documentation mistakes.
Susan G. Fentin, a partner with the Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C. law firm in Springfield, Massachusetts, recently outlined common mistakes as part of a Business & Legal Resources webinar [...]
No employer wants impaired workers on the job, and most take steps intended to prevent drugs and alcohol from causing harm. But despite carefully considered policies, problems often occur. Statistics reported in the June 2 Wall Street Journal are giving employers more to worry about.
Statistics from Quest Diagnostics Inc., a major administer of workplace [...]
by Susan Llewellyn Deniker
According to one of Billy Joel’s many great songs, “Honesty is such a lonely word, everyone is so untrue. . . . Honesty is hardly ever heard, but mostly what I need from you.” Sure, honesty is admirable and virtuous, but it’s also the best policy for handling [...]
Employment policies: Do they keep organizations running smoothly? Or are they trouble waiting to happen? The answer to both questions is: sometimes.
Human resources professionals spend a lot of time working on policies they hope will lead to productive, fair workplaces. Often, though, policies can cause more problems than they solve. Adding to the dilemma, HR [...]