Category: Learning & Development

Employees are valuing career development more than ever—it’s a sign that the company is willing to invest in their future. How are businesses approaching training today? What are their pain points, and what topics are being addressed in training?

How Do You Train the Graveyard Shift?

If you keep the lights burning 24/7 for round-the-clock service or production, you know that providing adequate training for your shift workers is a formidable challenge. Your key to success? Accessibility. Pull Them Off Work or Pay Them Overtime? The first question is whether to train during the shift or outside shift time. If you […]

Lawyer Repellant–Apply Liberally!

In yesterday’s Advisor, attorney Wendy Warner explained how employers make things worse for themselves when lawsuits threaten. Today she shares ideas on how to make things better. Warner usually represents employees, but changed hats at a recent Society for Human Resources (SHRM) convention. Here are her simple steps employers can take “to keep lawyers like […]

Shooting Yourself in the Foot—How Employers Make Things Worse

When confronted with lawsuits, employers are often their own worst enemies, attorney Wendy Warner told attendees at a recent Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) conference. Although she usually represents employees, Warner agreed to deliver tips on how employers can avoid lawsuits. Warner is a partner with Moody & Warner, P.C., in Albuquerque, New Mexico. […]

Discipline—Don’t Let Supervisors Go It Alone

Don’t let your supervisors discipline employees on their own, says attorney Jeffrey Wortman. Keep HR involved. Supervisors and managers about to impose discipline are often frustrated, angry, and at the end of their ropes. That’s not a good place for clear thinking and rational discipline. Wortman, a partner in the Los Angeles office of national […]

New Supervisors Too Eager to Be ‘Real Boss’?

New supervisors are eager to show that they are “boss,” and they may think that harsh discipline is the way to establish themselves. That is often not the best way to get individuals moving and to keep up department morale, says attorney Jeffrey Wortman. Achieving fairness in discipline is a balancing act, and new supervisors […]

Another Bad Hire? Train Your Managers to Avoid Common—and Disastrous—Hiring Mistakes

Yesterday’s Advisor  featured six of Susan M. Heathfield’s top eight “rookie” mistakes that even seasoned hiring managers make. Today we’ll cover the final two mistakes plus introduce a unique new training system that helps all your managers avoid expensive miscues. If you have not identified your critical needs, and how to screen for them, you’ll […]

Retaliation Lawsuits? Not If You Follow These Rules

Yesterday’s Advisor covered how HR can take a proactive role in preventing retaliation. Today, our expert gives tips for ending retaliation, and we introduce a unique lawsuit prevention program.. Our expert is attorney Judith A. Moldover, from the New York City office of law firm Ford and Harrison LLP. Her comments were made at the […]

Retaliation–You Can See It Coming!

HR managers get blindsided often enough, but that shouldn’t happen with retaliation claims, says attorney Judith A. Moldover, because you can see them coming. Who feels good about someone complaining about them? No one, so it’s simply human nature to retaliate, says attorney Judith Muldover of the New York City law firm of Ford and […]

More Easy-to-Make, But Hard-to-Defend Supervisor HR Mistakes

In yesterday’s Advisor, we shared common mistakes supervisors make. Today, more tips and an introduction to a supervisor training system that teaches supervisors how to discipline—and do 49 other tasks. In addition to those presented yesterday, Jonathan Segal, a partner with Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen in Philadelphia, offers two more common mistakes supervisors make, […]

Supervisor Writers’ Block: 6 Common Mistakes That Weaken Documentation

Everyone agrees that supervisors need to document their HR actions, but many have writers’ block. Just remember, says attorney Jonathan Segal, you didn’t hire them for this skill. Here are common mistakes, and ideas for doing it better. The hardest part of writing a discipline memo is writing the first sentence, so give your supervisors […]