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A progressive discipline system is the best way to correct employee performance problems. It’s also the best way to protect against wrongful termination lawsuits. It allows you to ensure that any employee fired because of inferior performance was treated fairly and in accordance with your company’s policies. Here’s a five-step model for progressive discipline:

We all tell lies and are lied to on occasion. Many times they’re insignificant untruths that can be ignored, but what do you do when you catch a co-worker in a whopper?

Now’s the time for HR to ask: Is your organization vulnerable to a bombshell complaint? What’s the status of your anti-harassment training—are you just going through the motions?

You and your co-workers probably don’t say what you mean sometimes, and that can lead to poor communication. Here are some common phrases people use when they’re hiding what they really mean.

With the economy on the rise, employees are finding it easier to leave jobs in which they’re not completely comfortable. That’s putting more pressure on HR and managers to improve the onboarding process for new hires.

It’s nearly inevitable that you and your team will deal with a change in business strategy, roles or responsibilities at some point. Here are some ways all managers can help their teams remain focused.
To succeed, you need employees to buy in to your goals and commit to putting in the effort to hit them. The last thing you want to do is alienate them by committing these leadership sins.

When you’re faced with a serious problem that you have no idea how to solve, you should reach out to your boss. Just make sure you follow this advice so that you get the help you need without looking incompetent.

While the legal requirements to retain records are complex, you're probably safe in dumping those 1984 vacation-day requests. Still, knowing which records to save or toss can be critical to your business, particularly in defending against a lawsuit.

At the heart of every productive conversation, there are two roles: storyteller and listener(s). While the storyteller’s role is important, the listener’s role is critical to the successful outcome of the conversation.
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