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Are Your Managers Giving Staff the Silent Treatment?

Are Your Managers Giving Staff the Silent Treatment?

Human resources professionals are in the communication business, when it comes down to it. Like other managers, a big part of the job is sharing information with their staff, providing guidance, and listening to their input and concerns. Sadly, that’s an area where...

Paid Sick Leave: Give Your Company a Check-up

Paid Sick Leave: Give Your Company a Check-up

Human resources managers, here’s a scenario you probably know all too well. One of your employees staggers into the office, hacking and wheezing, with barely enough energy to drag themselves to their desk in the morning. They spread the flu or whatever bug has knocked...

Performance Management: Power to Your People!

Performance Management: Power to Your People!

Hey, human resources manager—stand in the center of an office and yell, “Who loves performance reviews?” I am willing to bet one American dollar that you won’t get one hand raised in response. Most workers and managers see performance reviews and management plans as...

At-Will Employment: Three Notable Exceptions

At-Will Employment: Three Notable Exceptions

Human resources professionals know that "at-will employment” is a concept that covers more complex ground than the seemingly straight-forward phrase implies. At face value, it appears to imply a company can bid farewell to a worker for any given reason—or even no...

Sorting Out FMLA Employee Eligibility

Sorting Out FMLA Employee Eligibility

HR managers—even the most seasoned ones—can find navigating Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) rules and requirements out. People get sick, families grow, and other life events happen in employees’ lives—FMLA is a labor law that requires companies (if covered) to...

What to Do if Workers Falsify Their Timesheets

What to Do if Workers Falsify Their Timesheets

Payroll management, in an ideal world, would be smooth, easy and accurate. Tracking systems would never glitch, no one would ever have an oops and forget to clock in or out, and employees would always be 100% honest about their timesheets. Sorry to be the one to break...