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    Enforcing Company Policies

    Enforcing Company Policies
    A reader writes: I recently started managing a department of approximately 15-20 people. I have found that there are a lot of rules and procedures in place but most are not being enforced. Obviously I've started to have all of these rules enforced or adjusted so what we are telling people to do matches what our written policies state. The problem ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Part II: Hiring and Orienting a New Employee

    Part II: Hiring and Orienting a New Employee
    Be Aware of Employment Laws! The interview process and application forms, in today's arena, are land mines waiting to be stepped on! There are more employment laws today than ever before and questions you used to be able to ask are now grounds for discrimination lawsuits. If you aren't familiar with these laws, you must become so, and the sooner the ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +7
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    Checklists

    Checklists
    • Alcohol Control Program Checklist • FLSA Recordkeeping Checklist • Employee Termination Checklist • Hiring Checklist • Employee Discipline “Just Cause” Checklist • Anti-Harassment Procedure • Guidelines for Preparing a Workplace Investigation • Employee Orientation Checklist • Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA): How To Draft A Waiver of Rights • Characteristics of a Proper Workplace Investigation • Company Communications ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +3
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    What is HR's Role in Employee Termination?

    What is HR's Role in Employee Termination?
    When it comes to terminating employees, HR can help shape the process, guide the conversation and minimize potential damage to both company and employee. But it can't assume the responsibility nor make the task pleasant for anyone involved. Still, "HR should always be a significant part of any termination in any company," says Amy Schrameck, regional director of human resources for ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +10
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    How to Motivate Your Team in Stressful Times

    Your company's third round of layoffs is imminent, your boss is barking out demands with heightened urgency, and your staff is tired, tense and afraid they're next in line to be laid off. It's your job to motivate them, continue to meet ever-increasing demands and bring your projects in under budget and on time. This all too familiar scenario is now ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    3 Ways to Turn Your Staff Into a Team

    Teamwork\'tém-werk\ n (1886): Work done by several associates, with each doing a part but all subordinating personal prominence to the efficiency of the whole. Does this sound familiar? If so, your team is on the right track. But if your team is a loosely organized group of individuals who get together once in a blue moon sporting nametags, you have ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rate This
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    My Manager Wants to Be My Best Friend

    My Manager Wants to Be My Best Friend
    A reader writes: I have great relationship with my manager and we used to be peers before she became my boss. When we were peers, we used to tell each other everything about our personal life outside work. The problem is she still wants me to tell her everything that I do in my personal life, like how I spent my ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Career Competent Employees

    Career Competent Employees
    Every day, it seems like a new depressing story pops up about the unemployed. Some employers won't hire them or think being unemployed is a scarlet letter. Others who are disproportionately impacted because of their age, race, disability or veteran's status tell stories of months without an interview. Still others who are stuck in the never ending cycle of submitting a ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Employment Applications Are For Everyone

    Employment Applications Are For Everyone
    A few weeks ago I wrote a post about anti-harassment training and mentioned the time that I read about one of my employees in the newspaper — specifically their alleged inappropriate conduct. There's another piece of that story I wanted to share with you because I learned a very valuable lesson with the situation. Everyone needs to complete an employment application. ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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    6 Illegal Interview Questions You Shouldn't Ask

    6 Illegal Interview Questions You Shouldn't Ask
    Need a refresher on which questions you can and can't ask when conducting a job interview? There's no shame in reusing the old standbys, such as "Where do you see yourself in five years?" and "What's your greatest weakness?" And the more colorful questions, such as "What animal best describes you?" and "If you were stranded on a desert island, what ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    5 Essential Tips for Managers

    5 Essential Tips for Managers
    Back in November 2007, someone challenged me to list five pieces of advice I'd give to managers on my deathbed. I'm re-running that post because I like it. 1. Look for trouble. Assume things will go wrong and poke around to find out what they might be. You'll often uncover problems this way and have an earlier chance to fix them. ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    4 Key Practices for Developing Global Leaders

    4 Key Practices for Developing Global Leaders
    I never thought I'd see this day. One of my colleagues is taking the week off to - get this - watch the World Cup. Now, if you live in Europe or Asia, this is expected behavior, but I live in the U.S., where the World Cup has historically been about as popular as a case of the croup. This got ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Leadership Lessons from "Kings Speech" Director Tom Hooper

    Leadership Lessons from "Kings Speech" Director Tom Hooper
    The King’s Speech tells the incredible true story of Prince Albert, known familiarly as ‘Bertie’ but known to history as King George VI (and father of Queen Elizabeth II). A reluctant leader thrust on the throne after his brother’s abdication, Bertie’s challenges are magnified by a debilitating ‘stammer,’ a speech impediment widely perceived as rendering him unfit to be King. Now ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rate This
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    Why Talent Management Metrics Suck

    Why Talent Management Metrics Suck
    I know he stole it from the great Peter Drucker, but for years now I've heard this constant refrain from my boss: "What gets measured, gets managed." I always want to respond, "Stop already! I get it! I got it the first thousands times, too!" The crazy part is that sometimes I still ignore that advice. Managing people is, after all, ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Updating "Classic" Management Theories

    Updating "Classic" Management Theories
    I was in a meeting recently and we were discussing the potential impact of a new management initiative we were about to launch. I made a reference to “the Hawthorne Effect”, and half the room, mostly the gen Xers and Ys, had no idea what I was talking about. The crickets were deafening. Now THAT was a senior moment. It did ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Employment Law and Leaders

    Employment Law and Leaders
    Employment law is my forte. On some days, there's nothing better than reading a recent ruling, grabbing the salient points and being that much more equipped to advise and guide. Employment law is an area that employee relations HR pros need to pay attention to on a regular basis because it is under constant refinement.I am attending the21010 Upper Midwest Employment ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Hustle, Not Talent

    Hustle, Not Talent
    I believe in hustle. Hustle to me is a state of mind. It is a combination of working hard and working quickly. You make mistakes quicker, you make adjustments quicker and you have success quicker. Not only that but once you find success, you sustain that success through continuing the cycle. Hustle doesn’t take a college degree or pedigree. You don’t ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Why You Need Distributed Leadership

    Why You Need Distributed Leadership
    Here’s a guest post I wrote a few weeks ago for Right Management’s Talent@Work blog: In a recent article in The Washington Post, Deborah Ancona, a professor of management at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, wrote about a concept called “distributed leadership”. She used the term to respond to a reader’s question: “How can a senior leader encourage junior leaders to ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Defusing the 5 Trickiest Workplace Situations

    Defusing the 5 Trickiest Workplace Situations
    The workplace can be a political minefield. While you may all work as a team, you're all most concerned with your own job,right? How your bosses see you can determine a raise, a promotion — or even if you keep your job. Navigating office politics is not an easy task, but avoiding potentially negative situations should be your first priority. If ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    How to Manage a Global Office

    How to Manage a Global Office
    Undercover Boss has become a new hit show, largely because it demonstrates the value of a basic management principle, first proposed by Peters and Waterman known as “managing by walking around”. But today’s global business world taxes a manager’s ability to apply this principle. Most of us don’t have corporate jets to fly us all over our company but it is ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This

Poll: How do you feel about crying at work?

Poll: How do you feel about crying at work?