6

Nov

2018

When Employee Rights Collide in the Workplace

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Terry Bonnette, Partner, Nemeth Law PC presented on this topic at our Annual HR Conference last March.  It is an important issue today as a number of factors have risen, making HR shake their heads in confusion.  As seen in the news, the most vexing issue for employers today is how gender identity and sexual orientation rights are competing with religious beliefs and rights.  With these issues spilling into the workplace, it is important for HR to have a game plan when these...

29

Oct

2018

A Solution for Managing Millennials – Stop Stereotyping Them

Author: Heather Nezich

Wondering how to manage Millennials?  Some suggest to stop thinking of them as Millennials as a solution.  A study published in the Journal of Managerial Psychology shows there are many more attitude and behavioral differences within generations than between them.

16

Oct

2018

Why So Many Managers Have Poor Listener Syndrome

Author: Heather Nezich

The same qualities that describe a good listener, describe a good leader: respect, concern, an openness to new ideas, empathy, compassion, curiosity, trust, loyalty, and receptivity.  However, one of the lowest rated behaviors in 360-feedback surveys for managers is listening.

9

Oct

2018

The Effect of Workplace Drama on Your Bottomline and How to Stop It

Author: Heather Nezich

Drama – every workplace has it.  It can be annoying, but it can also cause bigger problems, including a loss to the bottom line.

9

Oct

2018

Employee Arbitration Agreements are Back

Author: Michael Burns

With last Spring’s Supreme Court Epic Systems Corp. ruling that upheld class action waivers and arbitration as a legal dispute resolution process, employers are once again free to require employees to sign alternative dispute resolutions agreements.

2

Oct

2018

Tips for Managing Workplace Gossip

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

According to a study from the University of Amsterdam published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 90% of office conversations qualify as gossip. That means we all have probably been guilty at one point or another of either participating in or being an enabler of workplace gossip.  When we think of workplace gossip, most of us imagine hallway or watercooler type conversations, but surprisingly research at the Georgia Institute of Technology concluded that gossip even makes up...

18

Sep

2018

Can Managers be Problem Employees?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Although cross functioning teams are the rage, and at times rightly so, it appears that too many bosses are like the adage too many cooks.  According to a Gartner survey, more than two-thirds of employees around the world say they have to consult with more than one boss to get their jobs done.  What does that mean?  It means that these employees waste significant amounts of time waiting for guidance from senior leaders.

18

Sep

2018

Compassion Goes a Long Way in the Workplace

Author: Heather Nezich

A recent study published by Binghamton University, State University at New York revealed that showing compassion to employees improves workers’ performance.  On the other hand, authoritarianism leadership has the exact opposite effect – negatively affecting work performance.

4

Sep

2018

Three Steps to Increasing Employee Engagement Through Internal Communications

Author: Heather Nezich

Organizations with high levels of employee engagement experience higher revenue, less employee stress and absences, higher customer satisfaction, and higher quality and safety.  It affects every aspect of the company.  According to research from Willis Towers Watson, effective internal communications can have a significant impact on employee engagement.

28

Aug

2018

Toxic Employees – Know How to Handle Them So You Don’t Lose Your Best Employees

Author: Heather Nezich

Toxic employees continue to wreak havoc on the workplace. However, instead of confronting them, other employees tend to do little to address them directly, according to a 2017 survey by Fierce, Inc., leadership development and conversation experts.

19

Jun

2018

Employees Taking Revenge on Each Other?

Author: Heather Nezich

Remember The Office episode where Jim puts Dwight’s stapler in Jello?  Well, apparently workers taking revenge on each other happens in real life too.

 

29

May

2018

Work Doesn’t Have to be a Drag This Summer – Make it Fun!

Author: Heather Nezich

School might be letting out soon, but most workplaces continue throughout the season with no break.  With summers being so short here in Michigan, some employers offer special, summer-only perks to add some fun over the summer.

15

May

2018

Unexpected Ways to Increase Workplace Collaboration and Productivity

Author: Heather Nezich

When you think of wayss to increase collaboration at work you might consider bringing remote employees in-house and creating open work spaces.  But surprisingly, these methods could backfire.

3

Apr

2018

The Detrimental Effects of Micromanagement

Author: Heather Nezich

Micromanagement can destroy employee motivation, creativity, and job satisfaction, and it is the biggest complaint workers have.  If not addressed, employees are likely to leave.  And if there is no exit interview performed, an organization might not even realize it’s happening.

27

Mar

2018

Harassment by Emojis – The Newest Headache for HR

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

Several weeks ago, in EverythingPeople This Week!, we reported on studies that showed that when an employee uses emojis in their work communications it can actually make them look less competent.  Aside from the impact to an employee’s reputation, there is a more sinister issue HR needs to be aware of.  Emoji use has now become another potential avenue for sexual harassment.
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