Benefits, Communication, Disciplinary Actions, Employee Relations, Human Resources, Termination

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!

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Communication, Employee Relations, Human Resources, Leadership, New Hire, Performance, Recruiting

Onboarding New Employees: Doesn’t Stop Their First Day of Work

After weeks or months are trying to find the "perfect candidate," you finally hired that new employee!  On Day 1: they came in, did their paperwork and you whisked them off to their new department to become familiar with their new position and new employees. Your job is done, right?  Sure, if all you wanted… Continue reading Onboarding New Employees: Doesn’t Stop Their First Day of Work

Communication, Human Resources, Recruiting

Why Your Company Should Not Use an ATS in Recruiting

Every time a new piece of software comes out, everyone is quick to check it out and jump on the bandwagon of “ooooh, we need this!”  A company will spend thousands of dollars to buy the new software, customize it to what they think is their needs and then train everyone on how to use… Continue reading Why Your Company Should Not Use an ATS in Recruiting

Communication, Employee Relations, Human Resources, Leadership, Performance

Because Its “Tradition” Doesn’t Make It Okay

Last week, a flight attendant made the news in Chicago for taking a picture inside the engine of the plane she was working on and airline employees were all up in arms over the situation because, as they put it, “It’s been a long-standing tradition in our industry.” Translation:   They saw nothing wrong with it.… Continue reading Because Its “Tradition” Doesn’t Make It Okay

Communication, Human Resources, Recruiting

A Psychic Side to Every HR Professional

When some people think of HR professionals, they think “paper pushers” or “company rule enforcer.”  Others, nickname us the “counselor.” An effective HR professional needs to be – as Mae West put it – fluent in body language as well as a good listener.  We have all come across friends and family that “tell us… Continue reading A Psychic Side to Every HR Professional

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, 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??

Communication, Employee Relations, Leadership, Performance

Don’t Be The “Too-Nice” Boss

Whether you are a brand new manager or have worked your way up the ranks into a management position, don’t fall into the trap of being your employees’ friend.  Remember – you all are at work to complete a job.  You can be friends off the clock, but while you are on the clock –… Continue reading Don’t Be The “Too-Nice” Boss

Communication, Employee Relations, Human Resources, Leadership, New Hire, Recruiting

#HRHorrorStories – Day 5 – And The Award Goes To….

If you have been following the #HRHorrorStories that were shared on #DTHR last week, you were probably thinking "yep, I've had that happen to me" or "I've had a similar experience." Those of us that have been in the field for a while think that we've heard it all! Well, get ready cause I'm willing… Continue reading #HRHorrorStories – Day 5 – And The Award Goes To….

Communication, Employee Relations, Human Resources, Leadership, New Hire, Performance, Recruiting

#HRHorrorStories Day 3 – Extra Pay & Bad-Mouthing Co-Workers

Continuing the series of #HRHorrorStories on #DTHR, we talked more about some of those common everyday mistakes employees - and managers - can make that can cause real headaches! We have all had that dream....and even joked with the Payroll Manager about doing it...of finding those mistaken "extra zeroes" at the end of your paycheck.… Continue reading #HRHorrorStories Day 3 – Extra Pay & Bad-Mouthing Co-Workers