Employee Management

How Employers Can Reduce the Time and Stress of Employee Reviews

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Employee reviews or performance appraisals are important components of labor management. They are not just the means to rate employees’ work record, but can also improve the employer-employee relationship and productivity; all of which are important to the bottom line. Employee reviews can also be time-consuming and stressful, as any employer is likely to have a small percentage of employees that will receive mediocre or poor reviews. Excellent preparation for each employee performance appraisal is the key. That starts with a detailed review process that could consist of the following...

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Fortune 500 Companies and State Governments Are Leading the Way to Protect Rights of Transgender Employees

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Various reports reveal that more than 40% of Fortune 500 companies and 12 states and the District of Columbia have responded to the call for more diversity and inclusion in the workplace by implementing policies that protect gender identity and/or gender expression. The most progressive companies aren’t waiting for federal mandates on this issue, although no legislation has been passed or signed. Those employers that are affected by existing state laws (and many that aren’t), regarding the rights of transgenders, have instituted specific policies with strong language....

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Employers Should Be Blog-Savvy to Protect Their Businesses and Reap the Benefits of the Blogging World

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Blogging is just one of many ways the Internet has proven its value as an important information source and communication channel. One consumer-research firm estimates that 42% of the general population has read at least one blog; and this number includes those without computers or many computer skills. Another significant finding for employers is that most bloggers are younger than 19, which means they will be bringing that experience and knowledge into the workplace. The challenge for business owners/employers is to define what is quickly becoming a fine line between how blogging can hurt...

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New Federal HIRE Act May Not Increase Employment

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When the federal Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act (HIRE) became law, its purpose was to provide tax incentives to employers to hire more of the high number of unemployed. Employers (including nonprofit organizations) will be exempt from paying their share of Social Security taxes on wages paid from March 19 through Dec. 31 for new employees hired after Feb. 3, 2010. An important fine-print point is that, to qualify, those new hires must have worked 40 hours or less during the 60 days prior to their hire date. Employers also receive a $1,000 credit on their business income tax...

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Cell Phones: Every Employee Has One. Do You Have a Use Policy?

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It seems that everyone has a cell phone; and, according to one industry report, more than 90 percent of your employees have them. Just because cell phones are virtually ubiquitous doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have an employee cell-phone-use policy. For some companies, safety is the paramount benefit: drivers and delivery personnel being involved in accidents because they were on their cell phones. For other employers, it’s the protection of sensitive data and the bottom line as well as the company’s image that make an employee cell-phone policy so important. There are...

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Employer Concerns about Employees’ Access to Social Networks Leads to Stricter Policies

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The findings of a spring 2010 Robert Half survey reveals that many of the respondents (chief information officers) are troubled at how much social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter, distract employees during the workday. This has led to 38 percent of those surveyed stating that they have implemented stricter rules relating to employees’ access to social network sites during the workday. The new survey as well as a similar Robert Half survey in October 2009 found that the number of CIOs with policies that don’t allow any access to social network sites has remained same at a...

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