Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave is a more complex topic than it may seem. Basically, for any eligible employee at a covered employer, up to 12 weeks of leave must be provided each year for a qualifying event or events. This may seem fairly straightforward, but administering FMLA leave can be fairly complicated.
The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally upended so many aspects of everyday life, including work life, that it’s hard to put together a complete list of the impacts employees and their organizations have faced. Some of the most obvious impacts include the widespread shift to remote work and the need to juggle work and parenting for […]
In most organizations, managers wear many hats; of course, they need to manage their teams, but many also have nonmanagerial duties, such as working on projects or championing company initiatives. It’s becoming increasingly expected that managers also serve as coaches for their teams. Although the manager-as-coach paradigm is relatively new, interest in that role has […]
Regular and constructive feedback is essential to the success of any staff member, as well as to the success of his or her team and the broader organization. When you think of employee feedback, you might think of formal performance reviews conducted at a set date annually or quarterly. But feedback should be provided consistently […]
Now more than ever, employers are facing difficult decisions about workforce operations. In addition to the time and attention-consuming obligations of on-site safety protocols, remote workforce policies, information and data security, and what to communicate to employees about vaccination rules, savvy employers are keeping up with their evolving expectations on the civil rights front. Last […]
Over the past year, Netflix has provided the world with hours of binge-worthy content—from the likes of Tiger King to Cobra Kai. So, who would have guessed one of the largest subscription streaming services in the world is now also providing us with a very useful employment tactic?
Everyone experiences stress from time to time, both in their everyday life and at work. It can be an unpleasant but necessary part of the job. In fact, many managers engage in behavior that increases stress in their workforce in an attempt to keep their organizations operating at a high level. This can be done […]
The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically shifted the nature of daily work for millions of Americans. While working remotely was a privilege enjoyed by relatively few pre-pandemic, Gallup has reported that just over half of Americans were “always” working remotely in April 2020 during the height of COVID workplace restrictions. That proportion has fallen to about […]
From an early age, most people learn to be humble. Those who brag about themselves and openly boast about their accomplishments are frequently looked down upon and considered arrogant. But as a manager, you’re likely to encounter situations when it’s actually beneficial and advisable to toot one’s own horn.
One of the biggest concerns during the large-scale shift to remote work in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the productivity of companies’ remote staff. For many, their work fears around lost productivity have not materialized. In fact, they’ve found productivity has stayed the same or even increased on average across their organizations.