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HR Basics, HR Management

HR Basics: How to Fire an Employee With Dignity and Respect

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By Mark R. Waterfill

Would you rather get your teeth drilled or fire that problem employee?

It is easily the most painful part of the employment process. The case law of employment claims is ripe with horrible stories of terminations gone wrong.

Here are some guidelines which can help to make the tooth drilling process a little easier — both for you and the terminated individual: Read more…

HR Basics, HR Management

The “Real” Reasons Why HR Still Does Exit Interviews

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The exit interview process is much like most organization’s employee referral process.

You believe you should have a process. You design the process. It’s going to be great! It starts out great. At some point, soon after starting the process, it dies a slow horrible death!

Exit interviews are something every HR pro believes are important, but very few actually do a great job at. The problem with most exit interview processes is that they are very HR dependent and take a ton of follow through. Read more…

HR Basics, HR Management

HR 101: The Fine Art of Mediating Workplace Conflicts

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When co-workers are caught in conflict, do you know how to re-open the lines of communication without getting trapped in the conflict?

Do you care — or do you just stay clear?

As a leader, here’s what you can do to help minimize the grumbling, reduce the stress, and resolve the issue: Read more…

HR Basics, Legal Issues

Why You Need to Be Careful Emailing Employees FMLA Paperwork

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By. Eric B. Meyer

Remember, over the summer, when I wrote about how sending Family and Medical Leave Act paperwork to an employee via first class mail is a big mistake.

Why? Because if the employee claims not to have received the paperwork, then you have no proof of delivery, and possible FMLA interference issues if the employee is somehow precluded from taking FMLA leave.

So, I offered three alternatives: Read more…

HR Basics, Talent Management

You Need to Stop Going Through the Motions on Exit Interviews

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The exit interview — Has it become one of those going through the motions actions in your organization? –just another box to check off in a folder before you give the latest employee the old heave-ho?

It shouldn’t be. Despite their inherent awkwardness, exit interviews are becoming even more common (due to the shortening duration of most employee relationships) and can be very valuable from a risk management standpoint (not to mention keeping your brand as intact as possible during layoffs, terminations and difficult transitions).

Although exit interviews represent several opportunities for both parties, exiting employees are very often reluctant to divulge honest information about their experience with the organization. Read more…

HR Basics, HR Management

5 Keys to Avoiding Wrongful and Discriminatory Termination Claims

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While most employers would hope to avoid terminating employees, it’s a reality for most at some point.

Whether the business needs to make the decision for financial reasons, or because of performance issues, any termination needs to be handled appropriately to avoid potentially costly consequences.

We are living in an increasingly litigious society, where it has become easier, and seemingly more popular to sue. Even if a lawsuit is not filed, an ex-employee reporting their termination to the EEOC or department of labor could end up being more costly to the business, if found at fault for wrongful termination or discrimination. Read more…

HR Basics, HR Management

Why Onboarding Has Become a Strategic Priority

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We all remember that feeling you get before the first day of school — nervous, excited, and very concerned over which outfit to wear. For new students, there is also the added pressure of finding your way around, meeting your teachers, and making friends.

The first day of school can be rough, but thankfully we’re all adults now and don’t have to go through that again. Or do we? The answer is yes.

Onboarding at a new job is the adult equivalent of the first day of school, and it can be just as nerve-wracking for us grown-ups. Read more…

HR Basics, Legal Issues

Why You Need an Essential List of Job Functions When Approving FMLA

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By Eric B. Meyer

Under the Family and Medical Leave Act, an eligible employee has the right to take up to 12 work weeks of covered leave for, among other things, the employee’s own serious health condition.

The FMLA prohibits an employer from interfering with an employee’s FMLA rights. This includes the right to return to work from leave to the employee’s prior position (or an equivalent one). Read more…

HR Basics, Talent Management

4 Ways to Make Performance Reviews Work Better

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Performance reviews are an effective way to improve employee performance while also maintaining transparency between management staff.

Unfortunately for many small and mid-sized businesses, delivering an effective performance review is more of a concept than a practice.

Below are four tips for delivering a performance review that is effective, appropriate and will help keep your employees engaged. Read more…

HR Basics, Legal Issues

HR Basics: Here’s the Absolute Wrong Way to Deliver FMLA Notices

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By Eric B. Meyer

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.

But, if you send Family and Medical Leave Act paperwork to an employee by first class mail, then you’re asking for trouble.

Did you read the headline and think to yourself, “FMLA notice? You mean there’s a notice? You mean, like in our handbook, right?” Read more…