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One important way to judge your success as a manger is by the success of your employees. An effective manager isn’t just a boss who can extract the most productivity from his people, but the one who produces great future managers. How can you be sure that under your leadership managers will blossom?
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When it's time to present next year's HR budget, get the C-Suite's attention with these six talking points. They'll show you mean business.
Federal employment laws can be terribly confusing, particularly because they often have different definitions for the size of a business that is exempt from the law. Use the following list to make sure you’re not spending time and money complying with laws that only apply to larger businesses.
Talking to a group of employees about their complaints can be uncomfortable, but it’s part of being a good manager. Allowing grievances to go unaddressed can hurt employee morale and productivity. Here are guidelines to planning and conducting group meetings for employees to express their concerns openly without fear of repercussions.
Aw c’mon. An employee is obviously pregnant but you can’t even say the “p” word? Does the mere use of the adjective translate into legal liability? One court recently said “relax.” It’s OK to say a woman is pregnant; just don’t make any employment decisions based on it or comment negatively. Still, it’s a bit tricky, as this case shows …
Which of your workers are eligible for overtime pay? Which are independent contractors versus employees? It soon won’t be good enough to guess … get ready to document and show proof. The DOL issued a proposal last month that would require employers to prepare detailed records on every worker’s status under the FLSA. Then you’d have to keep that information on file and be prepared to show it to the DOL upon request.
You’re leaving for vacation, so you dutifully set up the classic “Out of the office, will reply to your message when I get back” e-mail auto-responder. But the auto-reply message doesn’t get rid of the nagging feeling that you’re missing something. Before you go on vacation, set up a custom auto-reply system that will make it easier for you to relax.
David Brown finally admitted that his employee-of-the-month program, while easy, wasn’t working. The perfunctory $25 gift card, e-mail and mention on the intranet just weren’t doing it for anybody. People needed some genuine thanks. Brown, founder and president of Datotel, now sets aside part of his morning phone call and weekly meeting with managers to praise excellent work.
Imagine typing only about half of what you do now. Keyboard shortcuts may seem like more trouble than they’re worth. But once discovered and practiced, shortcuts can prove to be valuable timesavers. The key is not trying to learn them all...