Hiring

When hiring employees, negligent hiring practices can doom the process. Learn from your colleagues’ successes – and avoid their pitfalls.

Smart interview questions, well-written job descriptions, and sharp interviewing result in hiring employees that work out well, AND make you look good in the process.

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Noncompete agreements are easier signed than enforced. So your noncompete restrictions must give the person a "reasonable opportunity" to pursue a livelihood in his or her chosen field.
What's considered ...
THE LAW. Regular attendance is obviously a key job function for most of your employees. But despite your freedom to set and enforce attendance rules, you also face key legal ...
As a manager, you need to let employees express their religious beliefs while, at the same time, making sure those expressions don’t infringe on the rights of co-workers or the organization. That task is more difficult than ever. Why? Employee claims of religious discrimination in the workplace have nearly doubled in the past decade. The [...]
Chances are, at least one employee you know suffers from a drug or alcohol problem. In fact, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 6 million people regularly show up for work while under the influence. If you suspect one of your employees has a problem, don’t immediately confront the employee or insist that [...]
Issue: Cheap new products make it easier to thwart workplace drug tests. Risks: You could inadvertently be adding more substance abusers to the payroll. Action: Thwart drug-test cheaters with ...
When an employee gives you a Social Security card or other document to complete the I-9 Form, how far must you go to prove that the document is genuine? ...

If your company hasn't offered severance pay before, now's a good time to add it to your benefits lineup.

Ever feel like a surrogate parent with certain young, entry-level workers? You're not alone.

As a college president, Leo Higdon is seeing higher education absorb some of the same pressures that have slammed business, from the shortened tenures of its leaders to some unprecedented financial pressures.

Issue: New managers need your help, especially in their first three months. Benefits: Smoother management transitions, and they'll see you as an asset rather than as a nuisance. Action: ...
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