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Think twice before giving employees personal advice

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business women talkingIt happens all the time: An employee approaches someone from HR to ask for help. Most of the time, that’s no problem.

But occasionally, HR pros find their work conversations veering dangerously toward inappropriately personal topics—from how to handle retirement investments to life-and-death health care decisions.

Should HR professionals give employees personal advice? Think twice before you do. It can be difficult for most employees to separate the personal you from your role as an HR manager, so your “friendly advice” can be perceived as an employer directive.

This doesn’t mean you can never give personal advice in your professional capacity. It does, however, require listening to your head before speaking from your heart.

It “depends on the situation and the culture of the company,” says Patty Wingard, HR director for Castle Worldwide, a test-development firm in North Carolina. “I have offered an employee personal advice....(register to read more)

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