• 6 Tips for Writing Employee Evaluations

    Writing Effective Employee Evaluations

    Employee evaluations are tools that are often seen in the business world as “necessary evils.” For most part, they are only really pushed by human resource professionals who need paper trails for employees who are performing adequately, or poorly.

  • Employee Code of Conduct

    Employee Code of Conduct – Definition and Design

    I would define an employee code of conduct as a general guideline for workplace performance that enforces key work ethics and severely discourages unethical, immoral, or illegal behavior. A code of conduct can be either an introduction to the employee handbook or, in some cases, a completely separate document that is reviewed and signed at the time of hiring.

  • Employee Dress Code Policy for Summer

    Tank Top Trouble: Tips for Employee Dress During Summer

    As the weather warms up, you may find that more and more people are crossing the line of what’s appropriate to wear in the work place. From low-cut blouses to too-short of shorts, this situation can create a need to talk about a summer dress code and how your organization wants to manage employees who need to either cover up or go home and change.
  • Conversations that Change Employee Behavior

    Conversations that Change Employee Behavior

    Whether it’s explaining new medical benefits or why a team isn’t getting raises, HR professionals and business owners have difficult conversations of all kinds with employees. But, probably one of the most difficult is dealing with a behavior issue. Want to tell an employee that their team is frustrated by their attitude? Probably not. Confronting difficult employees is rarely a favorite task of an HR professional.
  • Employee Performance Feedback

    Steps to Giving Effective Employee Performance Feedback

    In a previous post, "Confronting Difficult Employees," we discussed how to work with the managers at your company to ensure that critical employee performance feedback is given to your employees in a consistent and fair manner. Now we’ll review, step-by-step, how to prepare effective employee feedback and then when and where to give it.
  • Confronting Difficult Employees

    How to Have Tough Conversations with Employees

    Your employee was twenty minutes late to their shift on Monday and now it’s Thursday and it’s 15 minutes after they were supposed to arrive. They’re not around. You like this employee and have enjoyed their contributions. How can you have a conversation with them that will get them back on track and in the company’s good graces? This is a moment where knowing how to communicate effectively with staff and confronting difficult employees can help you get your job done.

  • Strategies for Managing Stress in the Workplace

    Stretching Strategies for Managing Stress in the Workplace

    Are your employees feeling stressed in the workplace? Hopefully, you are starting to lay the groundwork for a corporate wellness program but, in the meantime, your employees can access free stress management in the workplace articles and reliable website resources now.

  • How to Run an Effective Meeting

    7 Tips for Running Effective Meetings

    As an HR professional or business leader, you’re likely in charge of a number of meetings every year. From explaining health benefits to reviewing the company’s financial health, running a successful meeting is a skill you need to have.
  • Workplace Behavior Ethics

    How to Promote Positive Ethics in the Workplace

    Ethics is a fundamental business term because it can and does apply to all workplaces. Regardless of the organizational function, employees who fail to maintain an ethical standard in their workplace can raise the possibility of not only organizational corruption but also legal liabilities. In any role, it is vital that employees conduct themselves in accordance with both workplace policies, as well as applicable state and federal laws. The fallout of ethics failures can be seen daily on the news, i.e. Enron, and those colossal failures remind us that the collapse of workplace behavior ethics has the potential to damage and even destroy organizations.
  • Meeting Facilitation Training

    Motivation Beyond the Meeting: How to Make Training Last

    By Staff Writer

    How do you maintain the energy created by a training session and help your employees stay enthused? If you’ve ever been frustrated by a drop in employee morale after an project or event is over, one expert would like to suggest that you take a closer look at the example you are giving on how your approach your work, the physical environment you’ve created and more.

  • Tips for Employers Hiring Veterans

    Tips for Employers Hiring VeteransTips for After You Hire Veterans and Ex-Military Employees

    The two major times when people enter the military are usually right after high school or right after college. Regardless of their level of education, the majority of these soldiers are never exposed to many elements of corporate culture in the typical business setting, and most likely only worked at a steak house part-time, like yours truly.

  • HR Articles: Compensation Today 2009 Review

    HR Articles 2009A Compensation Today 2009 Review

    By Staff Writer

    In the year of 2009, Compensation Today started publishing compensation and HR-related articles – over 110 of them, at our current count. To make it easy for you to see all of the issues we covered, we’ve created a list with many of our posts bundled by topic – starting with the signing of The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act back in late January. Hopefully, these lists will provide you a handy guide to the information that you need. Enjoy.

  • Top HR Issues for H1N1 Defense

    HR Issues for H1N1 Guidance for HR Professionals During the Influenza (H1N1) Pandemic

    As we are in the midst of influenza pandemic or global epidemic, a day does not go by without some sort of media coverage regarding its impact on our local education and health care systems, businesses, as well as just how our government is planning to respond to all of this. Hearing this information and sorting out all of the details can be overwhelming.

  • Ethics in the Workplace

    Ethics in the Workplace Encouraging Positive Workplace Behavior: Ethics on the Job

    Have you ever experienced a situation at work in which a highly performing and highly skilled employee was accused of some inappropriate behavior in the workplace? You probably watched, along with other employees, to see if the person being accused would be confronted if their behavior was indeed determined to be unethical. Maybe you were disappointed because your organization overlooked the unethical behavior due to the fact that the accused employee was such a “good” performer?

  • Voluntary Benefits Plan

    Voluntary Benefits Plan The Advantages of Offering More Voluntary Benefits

    It doesn’t seem that long ago that the extent of voluntary benefits plans for employees was limited to “buying up” extra insurance on the company’s group plan, or increasing short-term (STD) or long-term disability (LTD) benefit coverage from 50 to 66 percent. In 2009, it seems like every organization is looking for ways to reduce benefits costs and voluntary benefits plans are, often, the only way to expand offerings for employees.

    The easy conclusion to be made of this situation is that employers are simply unwilling to add any additional costs to their budgets. While this is certainly true, it does not make this deal automatically negative for employees.

  • HR Guide to Leadership Training and Coaching

    HR Guide to Leadership Training and Coaching Leadership Training for Senior Management

    It’s a new week at the office. You just found out that corporate is kicking off a new leadership training and coaching program and you will be participating. You know that it never hurts to receive leadership training on how to be a better manager. But, you’re skeptical.

    You’ve been through leadership training exercises before. You’ve had high hopes that the training would help you to be a better manager. But, upon returning from the training, you settled back into your usual ways. Your boss has given you specific feedback on how you need to be a better manager. And your employees would really like it if you managed them better. You really do have the desire to be a better leader but how do you make what you learn “stick” this time?

  • Employer Benefits for Hiring Veterans

    Employer Benefits for Hiring Veterans The Employer Benefits of Hiring Veterans and Ex-Military

    During the period of time when I was preparing to exit the military and re-enter the civilian workforce, I read countless articles on what to expect while entering the workforce. Resumes tips, tricks on how to put a strong spin on military skills, so forth and so on. Unfortunately, I had a sinking feeling that potential employers weren’t reading similar articles about what to expect from job candidates that have a previous background in the military.

  • Changing Role of HR Technology

    Changin Role of HR Technology Talent Management Software: Why Free Trials Are a Smart Choice

    Having been in the HR technology field now for 14 years, it’s refreshing to see more free trials for talent management software offered than ever before. This option gives organizations an opportunity to try before they buy. Yet, despite its value, many companies don’t take advantage of the offer or, when they do, they don’t involve those who will be directly impacted by the talent management technology. Maybe it seems like too much work upfront.

    Based upon my experience, organizations need to look at the upfront work done to review a new HR technology system at their company as a smart investment. For many companies today, the investment in HR technology review by a variety of employees doesn’t seem worthwhile. Yet, the process can improve employee engagement in the software over time and lay the foundation for a widely adopted talent management strategy.

  • Effective Employee Communication

    Effective Employee Communication Effective Employee Communication Part 2: How to Avoid Trouble

    Clear and effective employee communication is an element of everyday work operations and is absolutely vital to all aspects of business interaction. And, keeping it both accurate and efficient can be tricky.

    Most of us were taught about the challenges to accurate communication as kids. You likely played the game at some type of youth camp where everyone sits in a circle and the game begins with a whisper. The first person whispers a word or phrase into the next person’s ear and can only whisper it once. Each person subsequently whispers into the next person’s ear until the very end. Usually, a phrase like, “I have two cats,” ends up being something akin to, “I live boo rats.”

    The following is my advice on how to avoid an “I live boo rats” outcome at work.

  • Tips on Employee Communications

    Employee Communication Employee Communications Part 1: Some Do’s and Don’ts

    A key influencer of the bottom line in any workplace is communication. Be it with customers, internally or even with the media, communication can and does affect any business model at every level. Even the military views a unit’s ability to operate efficiently as having the ability to “shoot, move, and communicate.”

    In my time in the workforce, both military and civilian, and I have seen some methods of communication – particularly employee communications internally from management - that are indeed either powerfully efficient, or dreadfully ineffective.


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