Benefits, Employee Relations, Human Resources, Leadership, Performance

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?

Benefits, Employee Relations, Human Resources, Leadership, Performance

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!

Benefits, Employee Relations, Human Resources, Leadership, Performance

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

Benefits, Communication, Employee Relations, Human Resources

“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?

Benefits, Employee Relations, Human Resources, Leadership, Performance

Wellness Programs….They Do A Company Good Too!

It’s not the latest corporate “fad” or a substitute for performance raises.  Wellness Programs truly are a tool for companies to use to increase productivity among their employees and decrease health care costs…and more should be embracing it! Baseline Magazine did a recent study with the following facts (and the numbers might surprise you!):   70%… Continue reading Wellness Programs….They Do A Company Good Too!

Benefits, Communication, Employee Relations, Human Resources, Performance

Employee Reviews Are Useless??

“They aren’t important…it’s all about the money anyway.” As much as I hate to admit this – yes, there are managers out there who believe this to be true!  After hearing these words come out a manager’s mouth when I asked when he was going to get the performance reviews for his department completed, I decided to sit… Continue reading Employee Reviews Are Useless??

Benefits, Employee Relations, Human Resources, Leadership, Performance

Creative Employee Benefits: Positive or Negative?

For the small businesses that have continued to struggle in order to survive in this market, there has been a focus on providing new and various “benefits” in place of the annual raises that many can’t afford.  They are realizing that many of their employees are either already looking for higher paying positions or soon… Continue reading Creative Employee Benefits: Positive or Negative?

Benefits, Employee Relations, Human Resources, Leadership, Performance

Unlimited Vacation Time: Newest Perk?

One of the hardest things for a HR professional to track is vacation time, especially when it comes to salaried employees.  There’s always the argument that because salaried employees aren’t require to track their working time that we can’t really track their vacation time…so why do we “award” them a specific block of vacation time… Continue reading Unlimited Vacation Time: Newest Perk?

Benefits, Employee Relations, Human Resources, Leadership

Employers: Grief is NOT a “Stage”…It’s a Process

According to Psychology.com, bereavement is: the process of grieving and letting go of a loved one who has died. Talk to anyone who has lost a loved one and they will tell you the author of this definition has no idea what they are talking about. There is no timeframe on “getting over” the loss… Continue reading Employers: Grief is NOT a “Stage”…It’s a Process