Its the beginning of the New Year and many companies may be getting ready to produce their employees' annual performance reviews, so I'm sure the topic of whether or not its worth the time has started to come up. There are a lot of different opinions out there as to whether or not companies… Continue reading Performance Review Time – Should You Keep Doing Them?
Are Your Employees Planning a Mutiny?
Think about this… Are your employees showing up to work late consistently? Are they more “on edge” or angry all the time? Are they making more mistakes that usual? Are their “attitudes” now affecting how they handle your customers? Are they just getting through the day so they can go home? These are all RED… Continue reading Are Your Employees Planning a Mutiny?
Jumping on the “Employee Engagement” Bandwagon: Part 3
You’ve talked to or surveyed your employees to find out what they would like to see around the office that would make them feel more appreciated or part of the “team.” You researched different Employee Engagement programs to find out which ones could be implemented right away and at little to no cost to the… Continue reading Jumping on the “Employee Engagement” Bandwagon: Part 3
Jumping on the “Employee Engagement” Bandwagon: Part 2
In Part 1, we talked about first getting to know what your employees would like to see. Here in Part 2, we will talk about some general ideas to consider integrating into your workplace. While there are plenty of different options available, sometimes its best to start with some simple ideas and let the company… Continue reading Jumping on the “Employee Engagement” Bandwagon: Part 2
Medical Marijuana: How Does It Affect Your Workplace?
Today officially marked the first day that medical marijuana is now available for sale in the state of Illinois…so now that it is really a reality, what does that mean for employers? Will there be this huge influx of issues to address and deal with? How does this affect our workplace safety? Do we have… Continue reading Medical Marijuana: How Does It Affect Your Workplace?
Bring Back The Pink Slips!
Back in the days of the Personnel Department, the “pink slip” was a notice included with the employee’s paycheck notifying them that their employment had ended, either by termination or layoff. No one knows when this practice came into being, or how it was even labeled with the color pink. Even Peter Liebhold, a curator… Continue reading Bring Back The Pink Slips!
Are All “Employees” Really Created Equal?
I recently had a discussion with a manager as to whether or not the Temporary Staffing employees we use during our busy seasons should be entitled to the same benefits as our long-term employees…and I was shocked at our opposing points of view on the matter. First, what are “Temps? Wikipedia defines it as: Temporary… Continue reading Are All “Employees” Really Created Equal?
Do Not Use Overtime as a “Performance” Award!
Whether you are a seasoned or new manager – repeat after me: “Overtime is not an award for performance.” Reality: “Overtime” is that necessary evil businesses have to face when a critical job simply needs to get done and it can’t be done within a normal allotted period of time. Yes – employees like overtime… Continue reading Do Not Use Overtime as a “Performance” Award!
Employees Skipping Breaks – Why You Should NOT Encourage It
The dynamics of the workplace have changed from employees simply punching a timeclock to this world of “working until the job is done”…regardless of the number of hours it takes. As employers, we push our employees to give 100% and employees, in turn, have had it burned into their brains that they need to give… Continue reading Employees Skipping Breaks – Why You Should NOT Encourage It
“Cough…Cough… I’m Sick” – But Are They Really?
Whether its because the weather is just awful outside and they don’t want to leave the house, they are feeling stressed from the job and tell themselves they need a “mental health day” or they truly have personal issues that need to be taken care of but are afraid to reveal to you, absenteeism in the workplace… Continue reading “Cough…Cough… I’m Sick” – But Are They Really?