Employee Relations, Human Resources, Leadership, Recruiting, Uncategorized

Supporting Your Employees During Layoffs

Logging onto LinkedIn these days can be as depressing as listening to the news.  Each day, there seems to be yet another company announcing massive layoffs.  We knew a lot of layoffs were occurring in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19 and it still seemed to hit more of the smaller companies and family-owned businesses… Continue reading Supporting Your Employees During Layoffs

Employee Relations, Human Resources, Leadership, Performance

Culture is Not an HR “Function”

Companies have more of a focus on their defined “culture” and, naturally, turn to their HR Department to lead the design and implementation of a culture program, but that does not make it a “function” of the HR department.  First things first: What do we mean by “Culture”? Culture is a combination of behaviors and… Continue reading Culture is Not an HR “Function”

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?

Human Resources, New Hire, Recruiting

As the Interviewer: Stages of the Interview

There are so many different ways that companies are conducting interviews these days that it begs the question: Should there be different steps in the interview process? Some will say the process depends on the size of the company…others will say it depends on the level of the position.  But too many times either a… Continue reading As the Interviewer: Stages of the Interview

Employee Relations, Human Resources, Leadership, Performance

Are You Grooming A “Mini-Me”?

“Talent Management” is one of those buzz words flying around lately and everyone will have their own definition of what it is and how they approach it in their company, but in my view Talent Management is just the upgraded version of Mentoring. Mentoring to me isn’t assigning an experienced employee to a new employee… Continue reading Are You Grooming A “Mini-Me”?

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, 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, 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….