Tag: productivity

Evaluations: How Can We Encourage Honest Performance Appraisals?

I’ve been reading about how important it is from a legal standpoint to give accurate performance appraisals, and when I look over ours, I know we’re not doing that—basically everyone is “good” or “excellent,” even though managers complain about poor workers. I know we’re going to get in trouble if we fire any of these […]

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Employment Law Tip: 10 Strategies to Limit Turnover

If employee turnover rates at your organization are high, it’s probably time to focus on what you can do to increase employee retention. Why? Frequent turnover can have a host of negative consequences for your company, including lost productivity, costs associated with hiring a new employee, the cost of temporary employees or overtime to cover […]

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Employment Law Tip: Four Cures for Workplace Stress

Employee job stress can take a heavy toll on your business—in high turnover, frequent illness, increased workers’ comp premiums, and reduced productivity. Fortunately, there are steps employers can take to ease job stress. The solution often lies in making organizational changes that will improve working conditions. Here are four ideas:

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Workplace Violence: An Ex-Spouse Is Threatening Our Employee; What Do We Do?

Recently, the abusive ex-husband of one of our employees entered our facility and threatened the employee and several of her co-workers. No one was injured, but the employees are now looking to us to do something. Should we encourage employees who are victims of domestic violence to notify us if there’s a possibility of this […]

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Telecommuting: What Are the Pros and Cons?

We have a few employees who want to work from home. While their work is the type of thing that can be done from home, we’re unsure if there are any legal risks we need to watch out for. Also, we’re concerned that their productivity will suffer. Do you have any advice for us? — […]

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Depression: Can We Fire a Depressed Employee Who’s Not Up to Par?

We have an employee who just got divorced, and lately he’s been coming to work late and cutting out early. His work is suffering, too—he’s making lots of careless mistakes and has been short with our customers, not to mention picking fights with his co-workers. While he used to be a better employee than he […]

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Employment Law Tip: Keeping the Focus During the Holidays

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, […]

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