Workplace Management

Increasing Productivity with Group Rewards

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Americans are the most productive workers in the world. On average, we produce more than twice the annual wealth per worker than any other industrialized nation.  We also work more hours than other workers, have less paid time off and shorter vacations and holidays. Efficiency is a priority with businesses of any size, as stockholders demand more returns on their investments.  Top managers are always looking for ways to increase productivity through efficiencies. The more efficient the worker, the more he or she earns for the company. With the drop in prices for computers and other...

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The Benefits of Employee Handbook Practices for a Family-Run Business

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Does a small business owned and operated by a family need the professional employee handbook management practices used by other small to mid-sized companies? The short answer to that question is “yes,” but most family business owners would disagree. After all, we are talking about family, here. Do you really need protection practices like a handbook, safety policy, notification compliance and employment documentation to work with your wife, children, brother or other family members?

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Protecting Employees Against Identity Theft

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Employee identity theft can occur by simply being employed. As an employer, you are responsible for implementing systems and procedures that both allow you to use sensitive employee information efficiently and carefully and protect that information from those who would use it illegally.

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Employee Absenteeism Is Best Managed with a Clear Policy

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As with all labor management issues, absenteeism can be legally and more easily managed when employers start with a clearly documented policy in their employee handbooks. In most workplaces, employee absenteeism has a direct effect on the bottom line. Productivity can be hindered, so workflow doesn’t move at a required rate, and employers are faced with paying more overtime and possibly hiring temporary workers. The following details are what make an absenteeism policy clear and consistent. State exactly how much absenteeism is allowed before it affects employees’ wages and/or...

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The Pros and Cons of Telling Employees That the Business Is Being Sold

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In a free-enterprise economy, businesses of all sizes are bought and sold with regularity; it’s a perfectly natural occurrence in a dynamic business environment. Employees, however, don’t typically view the sale of the company for which they work as anything but “natural.” Their reaction is more likely to be stunned, confused and even angry. That leads to a dilemma that many business owners face, especially small-business owners: When should employees be told that a business is being sold? According to one business broker, strict confidentiality is the best strategy....

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Employee-Owned Laptops Not Protected Against Discovery by Employers

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As employers and employees wrestle with the issue of employees’ rights to privacy in a digital workplace and world, the New Jersey Supreme Court has clearly ruled in favor of the employee in a recent case brought before the judges. Although the ruling cannot be applied in other states, many legal experts expect many other states’ supreme courts to agree with the principle if they are presented with similar cases. In this particular case, client-attorney privilege was the legal issue being disputed. The employer, or plaintiff, used her company-issued laptop to communicate with her...

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