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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...

Company Culture: What It Is and Why It Matters

Company Culture: What It Is and Why It Matters

Businesses often have regulars—customers that stop in fairly often, spend their money, and stick around longer than the brief moment the simple transaction requires. They might linger for hours, make friends with other regulars, even get to know the employees by name....

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...

Winning Ways to Coach Your Employees

Winning Ways to Coach Your Employees

Human resources management—and everyone else in the upper levels of a company—are charged with helping employees do their best. One of the ways to bring about improved performance is coaching. What is coaching? Let’s turn to the words of one of the most celebrated...

Dealing With Workplace Harassment in the #MeToo Era

Dealing With Workplace Harassment in the #MeToo Era

Human resources management shouldn’t ever have to deal with sexual harassment—unfortunately, it’s one of the issues a good HR pro should be prepared to wrestle with. Thanks to Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Bill Cosby and other fallen stars, we’re seeing myriad...

Cutting Down on Employee Absences

Cutting Down on Employee Absences

Human resources managers can’t expect staff to be at work all the time, day in and day out. Whether it’s to recuperate from an illness, or to recharge the mental batteries with a vacation, a few days away from the office are good for staff health and morale....

Good Exit Interviews Can Boost Employee Retention

Good Exit Interviews Can Boost Employee Retention

Human resources management professionals unfortunately are prone to overlooking one useful item in their HR toolbox: the exit interview. True, the event can be awkward and uncomfortable for the folks on both sides of the table. However, if executed intelligently and...