Monitor boss for retaliation after complaint

  • January 17, 2010

Supervisors sometimes get angry when employees accuse them of some form of discrimination. But if that anger spills over into increased scrutiny, more job tasks and...

How can we muzzle the office gossip?

  • January 12, 2010

I need help putting a muzzle on one of our workers who is an awful gossip. Recently, one of our best salespeople got help with paperwork duties so she could concentrate...

Managing a disrespectful employee

  • November 25, 2009

Question: “I am a fairly new manager. One of my employees thinks he knows everything and frequently talks back to me. Every morning, I have a short staff meeting,...

The 5 steps of progressive discipline

  • November 12, 2009

A progressive discipline system is a way to deal with employee performance problems. It's also the most reliable way to avoid wrongful termination charges.

Know what’s free speech, insubordination

  • September 20, 2009

Employees who work for government agencies have a few additional rights that privately employed workers don’t enjoy. One is the right to speak out on matters of...

Suspend employee who makes veiled threats

  • December 21, 2008

Could a stressed-out employee who makes veiled threats be a danger to himself or others? It’s the kind of quandary that keeps HR pros awake at night. And because...