We have an “aggressive” employee who seems to make her co-workers uncomfortable by loudly criticizing them; we think we have a bully on our staff. Is workplace bullying illegal? Do you have any tips for us to recognize and prevent bullying at work? Thanks. — Sara R., Oakland Bullying exists on school playgrounds, but […]
I think that all documentation should be kept in the HR department, but supervisors like to have copies for their desk files. What are the pitfalls of allowing supervisors to keep employee files at their desks? What practices can you recommend?— Stanley, HR Manager in Santa Barbara
We are in the process of reworking all of our selection and hiring paperwork. I’m trying to insist on strong at-will language throughout, from application to offer letter to handbook. But our management is trying to improve retention and wants to brand the company as “a great place to work.” They think the at-will language […]
Bullies may be causing more harm in your workplace than sexual harassers, according to a new study, “Outcomes of Aggression and Harassment.” Although both bullying and harassment have negative consequences, the study concluded that employees who experienced various types of workplace aggression—bullying, incivility, or interpersonal conflict—were more likely to quit their jobs, be less satisfied […]
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What makes an organization a terrific place to work? We set on the path to find out with the Employer Resource Institute’s 2006 Great California Workplaces Award contest. As we discovered, keys to a great workplace include unique, innovative, and effective programs that combine to create a relationship of respect and trust between employer and […]
A recent survey of 150 executives shows that most employers—76 percent—are acting on feedback given by departing employees during exit interviews. The survey was conducted for staffing service OfficeTeam by an independent research firm. When asked how often they acted on information gathered during exit interviews with departing employees, 19 percent of executives polled said […]
We dutifully do our performance appraisals, but the information they generate doesn’t seem to be very meaningful. We want to feel more confident about our appraisal system because we rely on it for our compensation program. Do you have any suggestions?
According to the results of a new poll by Accountemps, most employees get distracted and are less productive during the holiday season. The poll included responses from HR, finance, and marketing executives at the country’s 1,000 largest companies. Forty-four percent of executives polled said their employees are less productive the week before a major holiday, […]
Performance appraisals are an important tool to help managers and employees meet and discuss organizational priorities and set performance and production goals. Appraisals can also provide important benchmarks for employers for use in employment decisions such as those involving compensation, promotions, or layoffs.