Last year, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings was Fortune's Business Person of the Year. Now, he’s getting slammed for what he acknowledges are a series of poor decisions and mishandled customer communications. Three lessons to learn from that:
The time to confirm employees’ Social Security numbers is when they’re hired, not when you’re slapped with a lawsuit for unpaid overtime and minimum wage violations. A federal trial court has ruled that an employer was out of bounds in requesting this information.
According to a recent poll, Americans are unsatisfied with their work and their lives. People of all ages, and across income levels, are unhappy with their supervisors and not engaged with what they do. What, if anything, can you do about this dismal state of affairs?
Studies show how hesitant people are to challenge offensive or sexist comments. But psychologist Heidi Grant Halvorson says there are at least three good reasons to confront someone making lewd or sexist comments—despite the fear of retaliation:
Some employers mistakenly believe that women can't take FMLA intermittent leave when they become pregnant. That’s simply not true. Women may take intermittent leave for normal prenatal care and any “incapacity” during pregnancy.
As a hedge to the stock market volatility, some investors are turning to gold and other precious metals. But watch out for the tax consequences. Absent special reasons, it's best to invest in gold inside your retirement plan so you can dodge a tax disaster.
Most employers would prefer employees focus on work and not the state of the world when they are on the clock. So how can you quell political arguments in the workplace? You must balance employees’ interest in speaking freely with your interest in maintaining order and productivity:
Talent-based interviewing asks questions about real-life situations that are phrased in a unique way to elicit a candidate’s first (natural) response. This is a better assessment of future performance than simply checking whether the candidate has previously worked in a similar role (experience).
At-will employment is the rule in most states, meaning you can terminate employees at any time and for any reason (except an unlawful one), as long as you don’t promise them a job for a specific length of time. Don't risk their at-will status by using the term “permanent” or “probationary period.”
Failing to effectively communicate with your employees isn’t just bad for business. It also can create legal trouble. Here are five of the most common errors that land employers in court. As you’ll see, communication lies at the heart of all of them.