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Negativity

Getting Rid of Negativity

Just one bad apple is all it takes to infect the entire workforce and demoralize everybody. Don’t let things go too far — learn how to put a strategy in place to combat negativity. When confronted with employees who complain, criticize or try to stir up trouble, managers often feel frustrated and helpless. They may […]

Appreciation

Appreciation Goes a Long Way

Let’s be truthful, all of us like to be appreciated for what we do. We’re not speaking of hearing our praises sang throughout the office, what we are talking about is being appreciated. Maybe Jane is ‘doing her job’ when she answers the phones and routes the calls, but without her being at the phone, […]

Current Job

Can We Ask an Applicant Why They Are Leaving Their Current Job?

Question: Can we ask an applicant why they are leaving their current job? Answer: Yes, you may ask a candidate why they left a previous job or why they are looking to leave their current job. It’s fine to ask this question during the interview, but we recommend you collect this information ahead of time by […]

Company Wage Guidelines

Are We Required to Show Employees Our Company Wage Guidelines?

Question: An employee has requested company wage guidelines. Are we required to show these to them? Answer: No. Some employers choose to disclose the salary ranges for jobs, but you are not required to show an employee your company wage guidelines, nor do you need to share with them what other employees make or what criteria you […]

Race Discrimination

EEOC Alleges Race Discrimination at a Houston Manufacturer

Downhole Technology, a Houston manufacturer of fracking equipment, faces charges it failed to address a racial discrimination complaint and then retaliated against the employee who complained. The EEOC claims the company fired a black employee after he complained that a white co-worker taunted him while wearing a white KKK-style hood. According to the EEOC, the […]

unlimited vacation

Is unlimited vacation actually an invisible collar?

Are you considering offering the trendy employee perk of leave without limits? Prepare for one odd side effect: An unlimited vacation policy can make ambitious high performers wary of appearing to be more absent than the person in the next cubicle. This can lead to a deadlock in which some of your dedicated workers won’t […]

Drug Testing

A Guide to Drug Testing and Drug-Free Workplaces in the Era of “Legal” Marijuana

With medical and recreational marijuana use becoming legal in more states nationwide, you may be wondering what kind of drug-testing policy your business should have. The answer to that question depends on several factors: the types of jobs that are done and the degree to which they’re safety-sensitive, legal requirements that may apply to your […]

Average Employee

The Number of Years The Average Employee Spends At A Job

Did You Know…. The average number of years an employee spends at a given job isn’t any shorter than it was 20 years ago. In fact, average tenure has increased from 4.0 years in 1996 to 4.2 years in 2016 (after a drop from 4.6 in 2014). Those with higher levels of education have longer […]

daily work tips for managers

Daily Work Tips For Managers

If you want hard work – work harder. If you want openness – be open with others. If you want honesty – tell the truth. If you want loyalty – build the company and others up. If you want timeliness – be at work and on time. If you’re getting attitude – how is yours? […]