HR Basics

HR Basics, HR Management

Putting Out the Fire: Dealing With Conflict in Your Workplace

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How many times have you witnessed conflict between employees create uncomfortable tension at work?

No matter how hard you try to avoid it, the fire continues to burn, greatly affecting the atmosphere, which in turn affects everyone’s productivity.

The truth of the matter is that on-the-job conflict is unavoidable. Fortunately, there are ways to find a resolution in a quick and professional manner. Read more…

HR Basics, HR Management

Four Steps to Less Dreadful (and Stressful) Performance Reviews

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If your role involves managing employees, you most likely have something in common with just about every other manager — you dread performance review time.

On the other side of this is your employee, who probably looks forward to the process being over just as much as you do.

It’s a similar scene for many companies; create the annual review for each employee and ask them to fill out a self-evaluation form as well. Set a time to meet, and awkwardly discuss each other’s feedback. And we wonder why no one seems to embrace the annual performance review process. Read more…

HR Basics, Recruiting and Staffing

Rejection Letter Dos and Don’ts: How to Treat People With a Little Decency

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A number of years ago I got rejected for a job.

I know, I know, you are probably as surprised as I was. The funny part is, I got the hard copy, snail mail rejection letter 18 months after I had apparently applied. I went back into my email to try to figure out what really happened.

You see, as a Recruiting Pro, I wouldn’t actually apply through an ATS, especially for an executive position, which this was. My email confirmed that fact; I had sent the Chief HR Officer of a large organization my resume directly. This rejection letter was from that contact. Read more…

HR Basics, Talent Management

You Shouldn’t Ignore Criminal Records When Checking Candidates

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The scenario may seem familiar, whether through a real life experience or something you saw on TV.

You interview a candidate and it appears as if they would be perfect for a position with your company. But then, it’s revealed through their admission or a criminal background check that they had a past run-in with the law.

In every other way, the interviewee absolutely shines and would be a credit to your organization. You might be tempted to brush the information aside and hire him or her anyway. Read more…

HR Basics, HR Management

Email Policies to Help When Email Goes Terribly Wrong

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It starts out innocently enough.

One of your employees receives an email from a co-worker with a hilarious description of a difficult client. Amused, they forward the email along to the other members of their team.

Quiet laughter fills your office as the email spreads like wildfire. Then, your phone rings. Read more…

HR Basics, Recruiting and Staffing

Can You Reject an Applicant For Falsifying Their Job Application?

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Most job candidates know that falsifying a job application is grounds for being denied employment.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t always stop them from doing it, however most understand the consequences if they get caught.

Conversely, most employers are conditioned to believe they are well within their rights to deny employment on the basis that someone lied on the job application. In fact, I recently conducted a webinar and was asked if it is easier to deny employment based on an application omission or fabrication discovered on a background check rather than going through the adverse action process. Read more…

HR Basics, Legal Issues

Why Your Handbook Needs to Be Clear on Taking FMLA Leave

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By Eric B. Meyer

A few missing words in your employee handbook words may open your FMLA floodgates, and you wouldn’t want to make the same egregious mistake as a Michigan employer recently did.

The Family and Medical Leave Act permits eligible employees to take up to 12 weeks off in a 12-month period for, among other things, a serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the functions of the position of such employee.

To be eligible for FMLA leave, an employee must work for a covered employer and: Read more…

HR Basics, Recruiting and Staffing

Hiring Wisdom: A New Job Is a Really Big Deal – For Them AND You

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Whether it’s a first job, the tenth job, or a promotion (even a lateral one), a new job is a big deal.

That’s why a new employee’s first day is the perfect opportunity for you, as the manager, to leverage the power of first impressions and ensure the company gets a positive ROI on the time and money it took to recruit, select, and train your new hire. Read more…

HR Basics, HR Management

HR 101: To Background Check or NOT to Background Check

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When it comes to making hiring decisions, the more information you have about a candidate, the better.

More information makes it easier to decide if the candidate will work out, but could too much information be a bad thing?

Many companies conduct some type of background checks, but may wonder if it is legal to delve into an applicant’s personal information. How extensive should these inquiries be? And at what point in the hiring process should they be done? These are very important questions to ask before embarking on background checks. Read more…

HR Basics, Talent Management

How to Help Get Your Performance Review Process Back on Track

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Performance reviews can be a source of frustration for many in the business world.

If you’re a part of the group of people bogged down by a dysfunctional review process, take comfort. This is a great time for a fresh start.

Unfortunately, if you are looking for advice, you may be in for a shock. Every day on the Internet, for each article written with ideas for solutions, there are another five dedicated to the problem itself. Read more…