Myths about Severance Pay

By Michael Haberman I get occasional calls from clients asking me about severance pay. What is required? What is customary? Should there be a release or not? Of course the simple answers are nothing, nothing and maybe. Straight forward enough for you? Ok, I will provide a little more detail by clearing up some myths about severance pay. Myth #1 Companies must provide severance pay to employees they terminate. Many of you know the...

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Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations

“As HR professionals conducting workplace investigations, we have to sort through the two stories, determine the most likely chain of events, and take action accordingly.” By Stephanie Hammerwold Early in my HR career, an employee came to me saying that her supervisor had cornered her in a hallway and demanded a kiss. Most of the harassment complaints I have dealt with involve situations where joking gets out of hand or...

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Bullying – How Women Deal with Corporate Jerks

Grace under Fire “I’ve dealt with co-workers stealing my ideas, trying to slash my reputation with management, and open “mean girl” jabs. It totally sucks.” By Marye Audet I have been on both sides of the career fence – a stay at home, homeschooling mom, and then a stay at home working mom. I was apparently a career prodigy in my teens and held management positions as well. By the way, I have noticed that the grass is...

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Social Media: Workplace Issues Now Grow on “Vines”

Why Employers Need a Policy More Than Ever (Editor’s Note:  Daniel’s article is a real “OMG” for employers.  Still think you don’t need a procedure to deal with social media?  — Mary Wright, Editor) By Daniel A. Schwartz As I said in an earlier post, I’ll be speaking about Social Media and the Workplace, as part of WESFACCA’s “Day of Privacy” presentation later this week. One of items I hope to...

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Why don’t efforts at employee engagement work?
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Why don’t efforts at employee engagement work?

“Despite corporate initiatives to improve engagement and more and more training of front-line leaders, engagement in most organizations just doesn’t improve.” By Kevin Kruse Effective leaders care about employee engagement because they know that engaged employees give more effort–not just the required effort to do their jobs, but the discretionary effort needed to excel. Engaged sales people sell more, engaged service reps...

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What to Do When Your Employees Get Romantic

Workplace Romance It’s practically inevitable that, sooner or later, two of your employees will get together and start a relationship.” By Sheryl Nance-Nash Birds do it. Bees do it. And, yes, co-workers do it, too. In fact, it’s practically inevitable that, sooner or later, two of your employees will get together and start a relationship. In a recent CareerBuilder.com survey, 39 percent of respondents said they’d dated a...

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How to Protect Your Global Workforce: Seven Items For Your Checklist

“As you know, going global exposes an organization to a broad range of unfamiliar legal, financial, and regulatory risks that can prove costly to both reputation and revenues. What are you doing to protect your international business?” By The Corporate Law Report As you know, going global exposes an organization to a broad range of unfamiliar legal, financial, and regulatory risks that can prove costly to both reputation...

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Create a Workplace that Meets 3 Powerful Human Needs

“The greater the feeling of safety (both emotional and physical), the more people will feel connected (“We’re in this together”) and the more they’ll feel that they personally matter, make a difference and are contributing to the greater good. And all of that leads to greater success for the company.” By Christine Comaford Employers may be clear on what they need from their employees: hard work, efficiency, innovation,...

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