Benefits, Communication, Employee Relations, Human Resources, Performance

Performance Review Time – Should You Keep Doing Them?

  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?

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Benefits, Human Resources, Payroll

New Federal Overtime Rule Effective December 1

Effective December 1, a new rule updates the regulations governing which executive, administrative, professional, and highly compensated employees are entitled to the minimum wage and overtime pay protections of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Current Rules The current federal rules provide an exemption from both the minimum wage and overtime pay requirements of… Continue reading New Federal Overtime Rule Effective December 1

Benefits, Employee Relations

Election Day is November 8th–Are Your Employees Entitled to Voting Leave?

With Election Day quickly approaching, private sector employers should be aware of their obligations under state law to provide voting leave for their employees. While there is no federal law that requires private sector employers to provide employees with time off from work to vote in a national or state election, numerous states require that… Continue reading Election Day is November 8th–Are Your Employees Entitled to Voting Leave?

Benefits, Communication, Employee Relations, Human Resources, Leadership, Performance

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?

Benefits, Communication, Employee Relations, Human Resources, Performance

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

Communication, Employee Relations, Human Resources, Leadership, Performance

Jumping on the “Employee Engagement” Bandwagon: Part 1

Last Friday, I had the opportunity to lead a session at #HRU’s first Chicago conference focused on Employee Engagement.  (For upcoming dates in other U.S. cities, check them out here at: http://www.globalhru.com) Employee Engagement is the latest “buzz” phrase in HR with so many companies now realizing that they have to step up and do something… Continue reading Jumping on the “Employee Engagement” Bandwagon: Part 1

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, 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!