Category: HR Management

There are dozens of details to take care of in the day-to-day operation of your department and your company. We give you case studies, news updates, best practices and training tips that keep your organization fully in compliance with ever-changing employment law, and you fully aware of emerging HR trends.

Clarify and Coach, the Two Cs of Performance Management

Too often, managers avoid giving honest evaluations. Maybe they fear causing hurt feelings or maybe they don’t know what to do, but the result is the same—a lost lawsuit. The solution? The two Cs—Clarify and Coach. You know you should be coaching Terry, but you’re busy, and Terry’s doing OK. Well, OK is overstating it, […]

Small Decencies: King Wenceslas’ Job and Yours

At this time of year, we remember King Wenceslas, the 10th-century monarch who took food and firewood to the poor. That small decency was long ago, but author and company CEO Steve Harrison reminds us that small decencies, day after day, still build great companies. A CEO is the business leader, but a CEO is […]

8 Best Practices for Fending Off EEOC Investigators

EEOC is rattling its unconscious/systemic discrimination saber—and if they target you for an investigation, it’s going to be expensive and annoying, whether you are innocent or guilty. Here are 8 steps you can take to forestall the attack. What are the best practices for keeping the EEOC at bay in a time they’re begun to […]

Is There ‘Unconscious Discrimination’ at Your Workplace? EEOC Wants to Know

Does your workplace discriminate “unconsciously?” Courts aren’t sure, says Fortune magazine. But the EEOC isn’t waiting to find out. Despite years of the government, courts, and society in general fighting it, patterns of discrimination still exist at many businesses. Workers seem to be held down based on race, gender, or other factors. But while some […]

Laugh Your Way to Wellness, Part 2: What You Can Joke About

Humorist David Granirer says that humor helps us stay well but that several topics are verboten in the workplace. Today we look at topics you can joke about. As noted in yesterday’s Advisor, humor at work can lead to both healthier employees and a healthier bottom line. But there are some forms of humor that […]

Laugh Your Way to Wellness? Expert Says ‘Yes, You Can’

Wellness is a serious topic, says corporate humorist David Granirer, but a little humor might be just what the doctor ordered. We’ve all been trained that “work isn’t supposed to be fun” and that “no pain, no gain” should be our motto. However, says corporate humorist David Granirer, blogging on, we’re starting to realize […]

HR Lawsuits Get Personal (Part 2 – What to Do)

The threat of individual lawsuits is growing, and HR managers are right in the thick of it. Here are tactics for avoiding such suits … and an antilawsuit tool you should be using regularly. Yesterday’s Advisor reported on a troubling increase in plaintiffs in employment law cases filing suit against individual managers as well as […]

HR Litigation Gets Personal – Will YOU Be Sued?

It’s bad enough dealing with lawsuits against your company—now individual managers are being named as defendants as well. Here’s what’s happening and how to fight it. An increasing number of executives and managers are being sued personally for work-related decisions, right alongside their employers, says Tresa Baldas, writing at the website, What’s fostering the […]

Is "Feelings" Training Next for Your Managers?

No one needs training to feel emotions around the Thanksgiving table, but how about around the conference table? Has the time come for emotional intelligence testing and training? “I wish I had a decoder for each relationship at the office.” “When one of my direct reports starts talking to me about her medical problems, I […]

Gee. Boss, I Used Up All My PTO, and Other HR Hassles

Paid-Time-Off (PTO) programs can greatly simplify your attendance programs, but they can also be complicated. Our expert tackles “spendthrift” employees, and we also preview two upcoming BLR audio conferences, on December 5 and 12, that could answer all your PTO questions. What do you do with employees who use up all their PTO leave early […]