Benefits, Communication, Disciplinary Actions, Employee Relations, Performance, Termination

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?

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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

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?

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

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, 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??

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

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?