Articles tagged 'termination'

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

How Off the Clock Use of Social Media Can Still Impact Your Workplace


By Eric B. Meyer

Last month I was speaking about social media and the workplace to a fabulous audience at the 2014 SHRM Annual Conference and Expo in Orlando. (Email me if you want a copy of my slide deck).

One of my session themes was that there is no such thing as employees using social media “off the clock.” That is, even if an individual tweets or updates her Facebook status outside of the four walls of the workplace, that communication can still impact the workplace.

Dan Davis at IBM’s Social Business Insights blog recently wrote about this, and another Twitter user described it as the “24/7 social media conundrum” Two recent incidents described below bear this out. Read more…

Classic TLNT

The Top 10 Reasons That Your Employees Really Quit


Editor’s Note: Readers sometimes ask about past TLNT articles. That’s why we republish a Classic TLNT post every Friday.

Ever wonder why your employees really quit? A study of nearly 20,000 job quitters reveals some rather intriguing facts.

The data

The myth: 89 percent of employers believe that employees leave because of money.

The reality: 88 percent of employees leave because of things other than money. Read more…

Legal Issues

Court: Employment at Will Trumps 2nd Amendment Gun Rights

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By Eric B. Meyer

In every one of the United States, except Montana, employment is at will. This means that, absent a contract of employment for a specific period of time, you may fire an employee for any reason or no reason at all.

(Not to be confused with “right to work” — more on that here.)

Well, I suppose that there are some exceptions. Like, you can’t discriminate. And many laws make it illegal to retaliate as well. Read more…

Classic TLNT

Five Things to Ask Before You Finally Kick That Employee to the Curb

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Editor’s Note: Sometimes readers ask about past TLNT articles. That’s why we republish a Classic TLNT post every Friday.

Firing an employee is a task that no manager enjoys, but one that often appears inevitable.

Yet it’s a proven fact that hiring a replacement employee will cost a great deal more than retaining than the one you have, if that individual can be deemed salvageable.

That’s why it’s imperative to have a checklist of questions you ask yourself prior to pulling the trigger on your expensive turnover revolver. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Talent Management

Weekly Wrap: The Tell-Tale Signs an Employee Is Getting Ready to Quit

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There were a lot of short-sighted things done to workers by their employers during the Great Recession.

I thought that once the economy improved and the job situation returned to normal again, well, the tables would be turned and that large numbers of employees would remember how they had been treated and bolt at the first opportunity.

Well, that shows you what I know.

The Great Recession turned into the not-so-great jobless recovery, and despite the overblown talk about employee shortages and a skills gap, it’s still pretty much a buyer’s market when it comes to talent. Read more…

HR Basics, HR Management

Top Troubles With Terminations (What You Really Need to Avoid)

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As promised in my webinar last week, here are my official Top 11 “Termination Troubles” that organizations frequently run into.

(Please note: Most Top 10 lists only go to 10. Ours go to 11. We reallllly want you to get your money’s worth.)

  • No. 11 — Not telling the real reasons. Always, always, always tell the truth. It doesn’t do you or the departing employee any favors if you either (1) sugarcoat or (2) over-exaggerate the reasons for the termination. Either approach can kill your case in court. Read more…
HR Insights, Talent Management

Giving Notice: What It Should Tell You When Workers Don’t Give Any

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A few weeks ago, a man on LinkedIn questioned “Why burn bridges?” He was objecting to the behavior of a past employee, a young woman, who’d quit without notice.

I’ve been following the conversation intently ever since. As one commenter put it, “Quitting a job with no notice is certainly an interesting and controversial topic.”

My view of the issue is pretty simplistic, I’ll admit.

It’s “at-will employment,” folks! What’s good for the goose should be good for the gander, right? And I’ve quit a job, or two, without notice. I won’t criticize someone else for doing the same. Read more…

HR Basics, Talent Management

Why You Need to Be Brutally Honest With Poor Performers


Allowing poor performers to remain on the payroll is a form of dishonesty that harms the entire organization.

Yet managers claim giving poor performers negative feedback either to help them improve or to warn them of the consequences of not making changes is one of the toughest conversations they face. As a result, those conversations often don’t happen.

But, here are five good reasons to motivate yourself to have those conversations — even if they feel uncomfortable. Read more…

HR News & Trends

Survey: 21% of Workers Say They Plan to Change Jobs This Year

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Question: How can you tell that the long, sluggish post-recession recovery seems to finally be picking up speed?

Answer: When a large number of employees say they’re planning to go find themselves another job.

The latest national survey from CareerBuilder, conducted online by Harris Interactive from Nov. 6 to Dec. 2, 2013, found that “21 percent of full-time employees plan to change jobs in 2014, the largest amount in the post-recession era and up from 17 percent in 2013.” Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

A Noble HR Myth: The Forced Resignation That Avoids a Tough Talk


This week, I read a story on about how Mack Brown, longtime coach of the University of Texas Longhorn football team, is going to resign this week:

The source reiterated Brown would not be coaching at Texas in 2014.

By the end of the week, that will be the outcome,” the source told ESPN. “That will happen. It’s a shame after 16 years he’s not able to do it on his own with dignity and grace.” Read more…