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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...

12

Nov

2014

What is the Level of Trust in Your Organization?

Author: Wendy LoCicero

How important is trust in your organization?  Research suggests it is critical.  The Interaction Associates Building Workplace Trust Report found that more than half of employees surveyed indicated they didn’t trust their boss. But is trusting the boss important?  In a forum leadership pulse survey , 91% of employees reported that trust in their leaders was highly important. But do leaders underestimate the importance of trust? Apparently yes; only 48% of...

5

Nov

2014

Opioids Now the Drugs of Choice in the Workplace

Author: Anonym

he numbers are scary. They show in unmistakable terms that while workplace drug use has declined overall, the use of prescription opioid drugs used as painkillers (such as Dilaudid and Oxycodone), as measured by the frequency of positive employee drug tests compiled by the testing company Quest Diagnostics, nearly tripled between 2003 and 2013. The use of heroin (another opioid) by employees has also increased of late (82% in the three years ending in 2013). But heroin is an illegal drug;...

29

Oct

2014

Critical Thinking is Critical to Organizational Success

Author: Anonym

Critical thinking remains the top of the list of needs for employers today.  An American Management Association survey that asked 768 managers and executives found 72% of respondents agreeing that critical thinking skills are critical to the success of their organization, but half (49%) responded that their employees’ critical thinking skills were average at best.  Why is critical thinking important and how can you improve your critical thinking skills? Employers...

22

Oct

2014

Do You Have the Right Managers in Place?

Author: Ed Holinski

Organizations are beginning to invest in management development again, recognizing it is a “force-multiplier” for employee engagement and organizational productivity. At the same time, many organizations hesitate to make that investment because they are not yet sure they have the right people in management roles. Let’s take a step back to consider how HR might help managers determine for themselves whether they are right for management or not. If you can help them ask the...

1

Oct

2014

Aggressively Managing? Or Taking Unfair Advantage?

Author: Anonym

Bosses at all levels recognize that unhappy workers eventually can turn the tables on their employers in any number of ways. Most commonly they simply “fire their boss” and leave. Or they may choose to seek out a union for protection. Some may bring lawsuits over adverse employment actions such as a loss of an expected promotion or raise. Proactive employers train their managers to supervise well and work to create a culture and work environment that is supportive of...

26

Mar

2014

Do You Have a Broken Performance Evaluation System?

Author: Anonym

You might believe it if you read the latest research data by Deloitte Consulting in the Human Capital Trends 2014 report. Seventy percent of companies surveyed indicated they are in the process of, or will be soon initiate, revamping their once-a-year process of assessing employee performance using a rating or ranking scale. In the same report, only 8% of companies reported that their performance management process drives high levels of value. Conversely, 58% of companies reported their...

23

Oct

2013

Once Again, Lack of Documentation Rears its Ugly Head

Author: Anonym

How many times has this happened? HR is approached by a manager who wants to discipline or terminate an employee because the employee is a poor performer. HR investigates and finds that the performance reviews are not just good, but excellent. Yes, it happens often. Employment-at-Will is the general proposition in Michigan, but employee handbooks always lay out a process for dealing with poor performance, because management consistency and transparency will almost always reduce turnover and...

21

Aug

2013

Take That, Twenty-Somethings!

Author: Anonym

According to a recent study published in the journal Psychological Science, researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin found that older workers are more consistent and reliable than workers in their 20’s.  Not only will this be welcomed news by our readers who are getting on in years, but this research may also have some important implications for HR and OD professionals. What the study revealed was that older people (those over 65 years old)...

14

Aug

2013

The Dark Side of Talent: The A-Rod Effect

Author: Anonym

Did you feel A-Rodded out last week? No one could blame you if you did. For most of us sports fans, it is tragic when a heroic and well-respected athlete is revealed to be a certifiable scoundrel (e.g., Tiger Woods) or even a mere sinner (e.g., ”Johnny Football” Manziel). But when that athlete had managed, long before his climactic plunge, to nauseate not just the national press but 95% his own team’s fans and most if not all of his teammates, it is not tragic. It is...

10

Jul

2013

Most Employees Want to Change Careers

Author: Anonym

A recent University of Phoenix® survey uncovered the disturbing fact that 55% of employees have an interest in changing careers. Even more disturbing is the data that shows just 14% of employees are in their dream careers. Consider for a moment that second number. If your employees are like those surveyed, it means that 86% of them are in jobs they don’t actually want to be in.  Hold that thought and then add this to the mix: Gallup's 2013 State of the American...
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