As more and more companies are finding that layoffs may be their only option for getting through these tough economic times, employees wonder whether they're next on the chopping block. The office grapevine thrives on this fear, and it is often fed by overheard conversations that were not meant for public ears. Sometimes the conversations are overheard accidentally; other times, employees purposely listen in. Either way, HR personnel need to take care to keep private conversations private and to not feed the rumormill.
Close the door. It seems like an obvious statement that private conversations should be held behind closed doors. But it doesn't always happen. What often happens is that the orginal topic of conversation does not necessitate a closed-door meeting, but it leads to topics that do. For example, a discussion about the company's mileage reimbursement policy turns to talk about c...(register to read more)