29

Aug

2017

Performance Management and Proper Documentation - HR’s Golden Rules

Author: Anthony Kaylin

One of the biggest disciplinary issues HR encounters is a lack of performance or discipline documentation on an employee that a manager wants to terminate.  It is very difficult for HR to proceed with a termination request when the employee has only stellar performance reviews in her file.

25

Apr

2017

Do’s and Don’ts of Employee Appreciation

Author: Heather Nezich

Employee appreciation is a key element to achieving high levels of employee engagement and retention.  Employees that feel appreciated have increased productivity and tend to feel better about their work.  But if approached the wrong way, it could backfire.

21

Mar

2017

When May an Employer Inquire about an Employee’s Medical Condition?

Author: Michael Burns

When strange behavior or certain performance issues are very subtle, should an employer inquire about a medical condition? On one hand, an employer may feel constrained in asking about whether an employee is experiencing a medical problem when an employee exhibits a change in behavior or is not acting the same as usual. Is observable fatigue, irritability, or poor performance just a bad day or is it a medical condition that will raise disability issues. On the other hand, failing performance...

28

Feb

2017

How to Do Away Annual Performance Reviews and Why

Author: Heather Nezich

A recent survey revealed that 58% of executives think that their current performance management approach does not drive employee engagement or high performance.  More and more companies are doing away with annual performance reviews all together.  But how are they doing it successfully?

21

Feb

2017

Stop Putting Employees in A, B, or C Silos

Author: Heather Nezich

What good has ever come from labeling others?  Does is seem to right to label a student “stupid” or “lazy” or “average”?  If we label them that, aren’t they likely to only perform at that level?  Do we unconsciously not encourage them to do better once we’ve labeled them?  It’s the same with employees.  Labeling your employees as “A”, “B”, and “C” players can be very detrimental...

31

Jan

2017

Do Performance Reviews Lead to Improvements or Tears?

Author: Sara Pebbles

A study completed by Adobe last month found that performance reviews are not having the affect that managers may think. After surveying 1,500 employees in the United States they found that almost 90% have regularly scheduled performance reviews. Of those employees, more than half said that the reviews have little to no impact on how they perform their job and even went so far as to say that the reviews are just a needless HR requirement.

10

Jan

2017

Are Meritocracy Systems Fair?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

It is thought that in the war for talent, having a system that rewards performance, a meritocracy, is one that highly talented individuals would gravitate to.  In other words, employees would want to work in an environment where rewarding and promoting employees is based on their merit.  However, implementing meritocracy is not that simple.  One of the major issues many organizations deal with today is how to develop and implement an appropriate performance management...

20

Dec

2016

HR Trends to Expect in 2017

Author: Heather Nezich

2017 is right around the corner, and the HR industry is ever changing.  The war for talent continues to evolve, performance reviews as we know them are disappearing, and just when we figured out the Millennials, Generation Z is entering the work force.  Let’s look at some trends being predicted for 2017.

29

Nov

2016

Be Your Own Cheerleader

Author: Heather Nezich

As an HR professional you focus most of your day on other employees.  But when it comes time for annual reviews, in particular the self-review, it’s time to focus on you.  This is your time to show the difference you’ve made over the year and how it has benefited the company as a whole.  HR is more than processing benefits, payroll, documentation, etc.  It’s about making a difference in the business and the everyday lives of that business’s...

30

Aug

2016

The Survey Says...

Author: Jason Rowe

The American Society of Employers (ASE) 2016/2017 Salary Budget Survey results have been compiled.  Despite economic growth and continued low unemployment, 3% remains the amount Michigan employers are budgeting for employee pay raises in 2017. However, Michigan employers are not alone, according to WorldatWork’s 2016/2017 Salary Budget Survey across the nation most organizations are only budgeting for a 3% increase.

23

Aug

2016

Bully or High Demanding: A Fine Line for Bosses

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Manager styles are varied and what works at one organization may fail miserably in another.  But when does a manager’s behavior cross a line?  As Steve Jobs once said “…if something sucks, I tell people to their face. It’s my job to be honest.”  Steve Jobs is considered one of the great American business leaders.  Robert Bies, professor of management at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, reflects on Jobs in his recent...

16

Aug

2016

My Boss Criticized Me—That’s Harassment!

Author: Anthony Kaylin

In today’s politically correct environment employee feedback has become a challenging proposition for managers.  Having a tough conversation is even more difficult when the employee is not receptive and thinks he has done no wrong.   At performance review time, the wrong words and/or intonation could lead to a lawsuit.

31

May

2016

Build and Implement a 9-Box Talent Grid to Assess Employee Talent

Author: ASE Partner McLean & Company

In the past, examining experience and past performance was sufficient enough to assess an employee. Today’s volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous business environment is requiring that organizations begin to not only examine past performance, but to look forward as well. According to Harvard Business Review, a key indicator to employee success is, in fact, potential. Talent assessments able to identify potential, along with the strengths and weaknesses, are now more important than...

12

Apr

2016

Stick to Your Guns; You Can Fire an Employee on FMLA Leave for Misconduct

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

The old saying “timing is everything” could not be truer than when it comes to handling tricky FMLA and ADA cases. It happens often enough that an employer discovers employee performance problems or misconduct while the employee is on a FMLA leave or is receiving protections under ADA.   

12

Nov

2014

Attention People Leaders: Experiences Count More Than Things Do

Author: Anonym

For people raised on the spiritual values laid out in all of the world’s great religions, the question was answered and the issue settled literally thousands of years ago: Money cannot buy happiness. But that hasn’t stopped science from asking the question repeatedly and trying to tease out greater insight into it empirically.  And recent psychological research has uncovered certain insights that may contribute to a more nuanced understanding of the basic...
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