Here we present a leave-related workplace scenario—inspired by an actual court case—that’s intended to help HR professionals better understand an employer’s responsibilities under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). In this scenario, the employer fired an employee for “unresolved, previously discussed performance issues” —but they did it right after the employee returned from leave. […]
It’s now widely agreed that the more autonomy and ownership employees have the more motivated they’ll be. At the same time, there has been little talk about how exactly managers can implement this in practice.
How much do you really know about your employees’ professional goals? With the fast pace of today’s business world, many managers opt for a simple “how are you doing/how’s the workload going” weekly, biweekly, or even monthly check in. Even if you’ve cultivated an open door policy, encouraging employees to come to you with concerns, […]
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Faced with the challenge of satisfying a more demanding employee population, managers will be responsible for using this technology to infuse the workplace with a greater feedback culture. Why is feedback important for managers?
Gamification is about driving motivation, with the hope of engrossing us and mesmerizing us just as games do. In business, gamification isn’t about games developed for businesses, but the prudently calculated use of prevailing game design methods (design, action, fun, and competition) and procedures (leaderboards, points, and badges) to achieve a business outcome.
There is so much written about Millennials and their supposed character traits: a sense of entitlement (e.g., expecting a promotion without “paying their dues”), a questionable work ethic (e.g., coming in late and leaving early), and a lack of loyalty (i.e., being job hoppers). Not all organizations are actually having these experiences with Millennial employees. However, I suspect that some hiring managers have a misconception about Millennials based on what they are reading versus actually experiencing it for themselves.
The Northern California Human Resource Association (NCHRA), and Waggl—the most human way for organizations to crowdsource feedback—released new data from its joint “Voice of the Workplace” pulse on the subject of diversity in the workplace.
Employee burnout is a dreaded phenomenon—it can make even the best employees more likely to look for a new job, and, even if they’re not looking, productivity can suffer. Employees suffering from burnout are more likely to call out sick and are less likely to be satisfied with their job.
Creating a company culture that motivates and attracts high-performing employees is what everyone knows they need to do, but executing on that is where, many times, good intentions turn into questionable executions. The world’s greatest organizations get this and see true return on investment (ROI) by investing in their culture and people regularly. But, too often managers listen to other managers and executives in their quest to engage and build high-performing teams rather than going straight to the source—their employees.