In an effort to promote your organization’s online presence, you encourage employees to use social media such as blogs and Facebook. Think again.
If you give staffers unlimited freedom to use these tools at work (or outside of work using company-owned computers), you expose your employer to myriad liabilities. Employees may reveal confidential or proprietary information—and write harassing or defamatory messages that offend key constituencies.
Enlist an employment attorney to help you draft a policy that stipulates to what extent employees can use social media. And urge everyone to think and reflect before they hit the “send” button.
Time-tracking software doubles as performance tool
Effective supervisors tell employees what’s required of them and distinguish between top-priority tasks and secondary assignments. They also set a clear deadline for each project.
Time-tracking software makes the process flow more smoothly. The best software enables managers to estimate the number of hours a project requires, update project status and monitor progress in meeting deadlines. Employees can use the same software to log their time spent on a task so that everyone has a transparent tool to manage performance.