All You Need to Know about Employee Relations

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Employee relations can make or break the workplace climate. In this article, we’ll take a look at the key pillars of employee relationship management, examples of employee relations gone wrong, and we’ll share some best practices.

Make Training More Impactful With Peer-Based Learning

HR Bartender

I know this will sound really weird coming from someone who designs and delivers training for a living but, all learning opportunities do not have to be training. In fact, training can have a greater impact when it’s delivered in concert with other learning opportunities. It’s about bringing the right methods together to create the best experience for the learner. I’ve never worked somewhere with a formal training department.


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Coaching Your Ambitious Direct Report to Not Be Hated.

The HR Capitalist

Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in. If you're asking that question, you're concerned with the wrong things. Just celebrate the execution that comes with ambition and stop thinking so much. Bill Bradley.

7 ways a PEO can help you manage your employee-related to-dos


The more time you spend managing employee issues, the less time you have to run your business. But by ignoring your employer responsibilities to employees, you could cause a rift in your workforce and create potentially costly legal battles. Your simple employee relations issue just escalated. Other employees are now complaining that Joe is very careless around equipment in the warehouse. An employee requests leave.

From Shop Steward To Today’s Employee Relations Specialist – Indirect Route Into HR.

New to HR

Often, people get wrapped up in turf wars which are destructive to both sides, rather than trying to figure out roles for both sides and create a win-win employee situation. Paul Luffman started his career in the operational side of a business and was also a Shop Steward, this quite the special HR story. Paul is also a coach and that is noticeable in the way he speaks and shares his information with you. Communication, awareness and training.

Isn’t It Time We Get Employee Relations Issues Out of the Closet?

TLNT: The Business of HR

The title gave me pause, but I had to spend a bit of time figuring out why. I’m bothered by the reputation that inevitably will follow HR if they are known as “investigators.”. Yes, I realize that HR is tasked with investigating employee relations issues; it’s often a substantial percentage of HR’s work. I equate investigations with policing, and surely that’s not the role we want? Get employee relations issues out of the closet.

AMBITION WEEK: Coaching Your Ambitious Direct Report to Not Be Hated.

The HR Capitalist

Capitalist Note: I'm tagging this week "Ambition Week", celebrating the people in your organization that want to dominate the world. You know these people - they are the ones that often do great things, and occasionally put tire tracks across a teammates back in the process. Are you better off with or without these people? Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.

Quick Shots for #HR and Business Pros – #ATD2015 Edition

HR Bartender

Internal coaching is growing in practice! Organizations are creating internal coaching practices as part of employee career development programs. Most companies recognize that connection is important, but in many ways we are less connected in the ways that matter. One speaker used the example of the Gallup Q12 being all about connection. Coaching = Connection = Engagement. The recruiter who needs a story about the company for candidates.

The Trap of Non-Specific Feedback As a Replacement For Coaching.

The HR Capitalist

People are trying to coach others as much as they can, but they default to non-specific feedback that is unhelpful at best and counter-productive at worst. Odds are that you've used most, if not all, of these in the course of your day to day life coaching someone - a friend, a kid, a parent, a team member at work, and yes - someone you manage. Those non-specific words feel like coaching, but they're not. That's failure #1 if you're responsible for coaching someone.

The Only 3 Reasons to Hold a Business Meeting

HR Bartender

Business meetings are the bane of our professional lives. According to The Muse, managers spent between 35 – 50% of their time in meetings. You might be saying, the answer to this is get rid of meetings. But here’s the thing. The definition of meeting is “a coming together of two or more people, by chance or arrangement.” Some companies feel the way to reduce the number of meetings is to attach rules or guidelines to them.

How To Build a Successful Mentoring Program

HR Bartender

The Boomer generation is planning to leave the workforce (or at least transition to part-time or semi-retirement). Companies want to make sure their organizational knowledge and history is passed along to new employees, who will lead the organization forward. As much as we might like the term Vulcan mind meld , that’s not an effective way to pass along knowledge. The UNC guide is a great place to start the conversation.

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Embracing Organizational “Outsiders”

HR Bartender

During this year’s HR Technology Conference , I had the opportunity to hear Andrew McAfee from MIT talk about his book, “The Second Machine Age”. One point he made during the presentation was that organizations need to get better at hiring and engaging outsiders. Outsiders are people that are not familiar with the organization or the industry. Outsiders can have the ability to bring a fresh set of eyes to the company and its processes.

How You Deal With an Annoying Coworker – Ask #HR Bartender

HR Bartender

She has very long fake nails and types using her nails which is very loud throughout the office. I am the office manager and I don’t know what to do. Bringing it up opens the door for a discussion about everyone’s annoying habits. It would not go well to tell one employee, “Stop making clacky noises with your fake nails.” and not talk to the person who burns popcorn in the microwave and smells up the whole office.

BEST BOSS EVER Podcast: e3 - Pat Lynch and the State of Outplacement During COVID-19

The HR Capitalist

Welcome to Best Boss Ever , the podcast dedicated to helping you develop managers who build great teams. In this episode, Kris Dunn talks with Patrick Lynch , President of CMP’s Southeast Region, to talk about the current state of outplacement during COVID-19. The HR Capitalist.

THE HR FAMOUS PODCAST: E4 – Microaggressions

The HR Capitalist

Show Highlights: 3:10 - KD intros the topic of microaggression, tells the gang why it's on his mind and gets sidetracked automatically because JLee and Tim don't donate at least annually to Wikipedia. . Turns out the concept has been around since 1970. The Tim Sackett Project.

The Ultimate Guide to Workplace Mentoring

Career Metis

As a good manager , you do everything you can for the good of the company, yet your employees can still get hit. Most times, your employees won’t come to you with how they feel, so you need to step in and intervene. 2) A Culture of Learning.

9 Lessons for Running a Great HR Function


Well, summer cleaning, since I missed the spring season. Anyway, one of the things I found was a box of items I used to keep on my whiteboard next to my desk as reminders of important aspects of HR. These shaped the way I practiced HR and ran my department on a daily basis. I thought it would be fun to share the notes here to help give you an idea of what kind of HR I practiced. I once had a great group of employees that worked at a remote site.

Want your employees to improve? Treat them like they do on The Voice.

OmegaHR Solutions

It is not just singers who need coaching. All employees will improve with coaching. My wife and I are fans of the singing competition show called The Voice. It is a show on which competitors display their talent in hopes of being selected to participate in a competition in order to become “The Voice” at the end of the show. It is not unlike the selection process companies go through to find employees. Coach for improvement.

What can we really hope for out of a work experience?

The Tim Sackett Project

I heard this quote recently, it was used by an old football coach to his players: “It’s hard, but it’s fair.”. He wasn’t the first to use this and probably won’t be the last – but the line stuck with me because of how I don’t think many people in today’s age really think this way.

Can I (and Should I) Fire An Employee for Social Media Content?


There is a phenomenon that doesn’t get talked about much publicly, but it’s something that in-the-trenches HR folks deal with fairly regularly. While we want to “rise up” and think about big picture, have a strategic viewpoint, and assume the best , there are always going to be friction points that hold us back. In this case, I’d take a coaching approach initially. Don’t assume they know that the behavior is offensive. The first?

The Heisenberg Rules: What HR Can Learn from Breaking Bad (#1 - Acknowledge High Performance)

The HR Capitalist

Capitalist Note - I finally got around to binge-watching the former AMC hit Breaking Bad on Netflix, which follows high school chemistry teacher Walter White 's journey through a lung cancer diagnosis and his subsequent turn to becoming a world-class meth producer. This series (The Heisenberg Rules) represents what I was reminded of as a HR leader by Breaking Bad. If you haven't seen the series, you can view a synopsis by clicking here.

Mindfulness and Meditation Might Be Bad For Your Company.

The HR Capitalist

There's a great scene in the movie The Matrix i'll use as the intro to talking about mindfulness. It goes something like this - one of the machines (Agent Smith) has captured the leader of the human resistance, and he can't help but taunt his prisoner (Morpheus) about how stupid the human race is. No one would accept the program, entire crops were lost. Which is why the Matrix was redesigned to this, the peak of your civilization.

14 Proven Tactics To Improve Employee Morale and Job Satisfaction

Career Metis

It’s not a secret that the most valuable asset of any company is its employees. At the core, they keep the organization afloat, doing nitty-gritty work and increasing the bottom line. So before this happens, strive to keep your best talents in the company.

Uber, Harassment and HR Business Partner Coverage - Let's Look at the Numbers.

The HR Capitalist

Rather than rehash the claim, I'm going to go to the numbers in this post. See this post by Tim Sackett for analysis of the situation and see my commentary on Uber's former HR Leader leaving the company before all this stuff broke by clicking here. Most of the allegations claim that Uber was focused on recruiting above and beyond all else. According to sources, Atwood spent considerable time defending the need for more HR business partners.

Mizzou Football: Leaders Need To Make Sure Urgency Is Obvious to All.

The HR Capitalist

The only time I've ever felt like I was in the neighborhood of being the subject of racism was when I played college basketball (I was the minority in that situation). But was I the subject of real racism? But everything that's transpired in the last week at the University of Missouri? For months, black student groups have complained of racial slurs and other slights on the overwhelmingly white flagship campus of the state's four-college system.

Maybe Major College Athletes Do Need a Union.

The HR Capitalist

I'm pretty much on the record as being pro-employer when it comes to unions and American business. After all, union representation doesn't do much for high performers, protects a lot of bad apples and robs businesses of the flexibility they need to make adjustments on the fly. . Those beliefs of mine held up when some Northwestern football players petitioned the NLRB last year to become eligible for union representation. I'm aware of the seriousness of a DUI.

Heather Kinzie’s “Leadership and Letting Go”


I have to quit kicking myself in the butt for what I did or failed to do. I have to quit allowing my resentment and jealousy to get in the way of celebrating another’s achievements. Anger and resentment baggage stops my mind from seeing the good in others and decreases or eliminates my anticipation and acceptance of the possibilities and contributions they bring. I used to “ journal.” ” Doesn’t that sound distinguished and all grown up?

You Down With O.P.P.?


The last P…well…that’s not that simple. Employees come in start talking need a tissue… (that’s the part I made up!). The last P stands for Problems. To deal with the problems of the day, we as the Chief People People must know what the issues of the day are. We study, we discuss and collaborate, and we don’t delete our HR association’s newsletters before we even had the chance to read them. O.P.P.,

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Sometimes You Get Sued and Your Best Employees Come To Your Defense.

The HR Capitalist

You did the right thing with some problematic employees, but then you got investigated/sued. Without question, it's much better not to get sued, but if you do the right thing and get sued as a result, sometime you LOOK LIKE A BETTER LEADER THAN OTHERS AROUND YOU. Such is the case with Missouri Softball Coach Ehren Earleywine, who's had a lot of success at Mizzou but was recently under investigation. native, is 453-154 in 10 seasons as Missouri’s coach.

Is This a Major Sign Your Company Culture is Broke?

The Tim Sackett Project

Or, is this just the reality of workplaces today, in the world we live in with the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements? That’s the question I was asking myself this week when the Wall Street Journal reported that a group of female employees at Nike circulated their own survey about workplace behaviors. It reportedly asked respondents about inappropriate behavior by men at the company and gender inequities more generally. Hit me in the comments!

4 Tips for Reducing the Turnover Rate of Your Millennial Employees

Career Metis

Yet, in your packed-full schedule, it’s necessary to create time to consider the engagement and productivity of your workforce and to take action to boost this. In particular, you must find ways to reduce the turnover rate of your employees. Plus, you also have to spend time, money, and energy to find a replacement and train them up. 1) Ask Employees What They Want. The first step is to ask employees what they want.

HR services for small business

Tandem HR

Rarely do you find a business started for the sheer thrill of processing payroll or because hiring and firing people is a hobby. Nor does anyone start a business for the excitement they feel when complying with employment law. Processing payroll, benefits shopping, employee relations, and a host of other HR services for small business are obligations of employers, not options. This allows owners and executives to spend their valuable time growing the business.

6 Signs That It May Be Time to Fire an Employee

HRIS Payroll Software

Firing an employee can be a very difficult decision for an employer or manager to face. Getting fired is one of the most stressful things that can happen in a person’s life, so catalyzing this event can weigh on a person’s conscience. However, firing can sometimes be necessary to maintain the health of an organization and the satisfaction of its workers. A simple conversation can often be instrumental in identifying the source of employee apathy.

Do Teens Need Sexual Harassment Prevention Training?


When we talk about sexual harassment prevention training, we typically envision a room full of less-than-enthusiastic adults being reminded (once again) that locker-room banter isn’t acceptable at work. Should they be included in sexual harassment prevention training?

Are Wellness Benefits Worth the Investment?

Astron Solutions

The Kaiser Family Foundation’s 2016 Employer Health Benefits Survey found that 46% of small employers and a whopping 83% of larger organizations offer some form of wellness programs. These programs generally include the following areas: smoking cessation, weight management, and. behavioral or lifestyle coaching. In this issue of Astronology® we look into wellness benefits to determine if they really are worth including in your employee total rewards package.

Handling Employee Incidents and Grievances

HRIS Payroll Software

When incidents occur that affect the well being of employees or undermine the company culture, it is important to address the issues in a way that is effective and legal. Far too often, employee incidents and grievances are swept under the rug with the explanation that the issue is “under investigation.” Sitting down with an employee and listening to their grievances or a description of how an incident occurred is an important first step.

New Year and a New Administration but the basics still apply

OmegaHR Solutions

Make sure you do the basics in HR to have a good year. Does that mean the world of HR is going to be different? There certainly will be some changes with Republicans in control of the Federal government. The FLSA rules may not go into effect the way they were supposed to in December 2016. The Affordable Care Act may have some alterations made to it and the NLRB will most likely be less union friendly. The basics. HR is the same way.