Your Blueprint for Employee Performance Meetings

HR Bartender

(Editor’s Note: Today’s post is an excerpt from my book, “ Essential Meeting Blueprints for Managers.” Employee performance meetings happen all the time in business. We’re not talking about meetings that address employee discipline or terminations.

Five Strategies to Improve Manager and Employee Relations


While managers and employees are better off as colleagues than friends, it’s still important to develop strong relationships between the two sides. Here are five strategies for improving the employee-manager relationship. This is where positive manager-employee relationships begin. These meetings will make employees feel more comfortable about asking for help and give the manager a better understanding of the unique personalities and motivations of their team members.

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How to Encourage and Promote Employee Relations at Your Workplace?

Career Metis

The core factors that significantly impact employee satisfaction and employee engagement are how you manage the relationship with your employees. Every employee relation strategy strives to boost collaboration and relationships in the workplace.

Helping Employees Relate: 5 Ways to Build Stronger Teams


A good place to start is by encouraging employees to consciously and consistently demonstrate that their work relationships matter to them. Respect Your Neighbors: Bill Nye (yes, the science guy) once said that everybody you meet knows something you don’t.

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. I doubt that meetings are going away. That’s a meeting.

The 4 Pillars Of Employee Relations


Many organizations boast that their employees are their company’s most valuable asset. However, there is still a prevalence of employee relations issues in the workforce that is stopping employees from reaching their full potential. Employee relations defined.

Google Ends Weekly "All-Hands" Meetings: Here's Why.

The HR Capitalist

In case you missed it, Google has decided to stop holding a weekly "all-hands" meeting they call TGIF in response to leaks and the meetings being dominated by issues considered non-core to the business (my words, not theirs). Communications Culture Employee Relations Workplace

Are Your Employee Relations Going Down the Toliet?

TLNT: The Business of HR

This employee noticed that the company would throw away the unused toilet paper in the men’s bathroom whether completely used or not. Next thing he knows, he is whisked into a meeting with 7-10 people letting him know that they were aware of his theft of the toilet paper.

5 Business Lessons Learned From Adult Coloring Books

HR Bartender

In my book, Essential Meeting Blueprints for Managers , Fran Melmed at Context Communications Consulting offers a brainstorming tip that mentions giving participants something fun to get into the creative spirit.

People Management 101: Managing Employee Relations


Want to know how to improve employee relations? A good manager should also act as a professional mentor to his or her direct reports; this means that managers should have proficient technical knowledge of their roles in order to foster the education and growth of their employees. Will you send out employee surveys to measure behavioral traits? Meet with your misbehaving manager in person and explain what behaviors he or she is exhibiting must be changed.

Make Your Next Employee Event “Instagrammable”

HR Bartender

Now that the holidays are well behind us and we’ve recovered from party season, I want to talk about human resources and employee parties. In my career, I planned parties, but I also attended the P&L meeting. The goal of an employee event isn’t to just plan the party.

If You’re Being Investigated by Human Resources – Ask #HR Bartender

HR Bartender

That being said, it can be a serious shock when an employee finds out human resources is investigating something that involves them – whether they are the focus of the investigation or just that their name has come up in conversation. Another concern for employees is retaliation.

Employee Engagement: The Best Time To Do It Was 20 Years Ago

HR Bartender

It reminded me that the same philosophy applies to employee engagement. So, what do you do if employee engagement hasn’t been priority number one? I believe many organizations struggle with employee engagement because they don’t know how to explain it.

The Only 3 Reasons to Send an Email

HR Bartender

A full-time employee (working 40 hours a week) spends over a day of their workweek on email. When we talk about making work more engaging, wouldn’t it be nice to give employees some of that time back? We can send people data to review or analyze prior to a meeting.

Employee Engagement: 3 Reasons You Should Be Using Survey Research

HR Bartender

Their services include employee experience surveys. First, as much as we talk about the dynamics of employee engagement and disengagement, not much has changed. Organizations have an opportunity to find out how to engage employees.

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Use An “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) To Create Employee Engagement

HR Bartender

It’s a great way to allow employees to interact with senior management. The CEO is in Europe meeting with a potential client? Even if some employees miss the session, you can always promote the archive for later reading.

Can HR Reopen an Employee Investigation – Ask #HR Bartender

HR Bartender

I received an email stating that HR wanted to meet with me about the situation. We also don’t know the type and length of the employee’s medical leave. In many cases, the employee who brings the complaint forward wants to be assured of confidentiality.

Your Company Needs an Engagement Strategy

HR Bartender

Employee engagement is a clear example. It’s not because they don’t want engaged employees. Well, employee engagement brings results to the bottom-line in several ways: Engaged employees are less likely to leave the organization.

How To Build a Successful Mentoring Program

HR Bartender

Companies want to make sure their organizational knowledge and history is passed along to new employees, who will lead the organization forward. Most mentoring programs have three goals: 1) to assist in career development, 2) to increase staff retention and 3) to improve employee engagement.

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Quick Shots for #HR and #Business Pros – March 2015

HR Bartender

Investing in our employees has never been more important for business growth. My first book, Essential Meeting Blueprints for Managers , was released (finally!) We all know what a bad meeting feels like. Where has the year gone?!

Asking Employees for Reimbursement After They’ve Departed – Ask #HR Bartender

HR Bartender

Today’s reader note is about a company that’s doing something really nice for employees and ends up with a huge dilemma on their hands. Our company takes all employees (along with their family, significant other, friend, etc.) Last year almost 80 percent of all employees joined us).

Proposed 2015 DOL Overtime Rule Changes: Primary Duty Test

HR Bartender

Under the Act, to be exempt (from overtime), an employee must meet 3 requirements: The employee must be paid a minimum weekly salary; The employee must be paid on a salary rather than on an hourly basis. The employee’s primary duty must be exempt in nature.

The Innovation Series [Part 3] – How Companies Support Innovation

HR Bartender

CEO Aron Ain encourages employees to innovate the company out of business. We can’t call a meeting, invite a bunch of people and say “go innovate”. “Oh, Business and Strategy HR Tech and Social Media Leadership and Management Training and Development employee relations HRTech

Handling Your HR Mistakes – Ask #HR Bartender

HR Bartender

Each employee is being given a severance package of 1 week for every year worked. Eric, because an employee’s hire date can trigger many benefits, how can employees make sure that their hire date is correct? Most states have laws that require timely payment of wages to employees.

Even Great Workplaces Make Difficult Decisions

HR Bartender

It’s a tremendous source of pride for their employees. Translation: Should an employee stay or go?) But the bottom-line is employees own organizational culture and they must take responsibility for it in order to be a great place to work.

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

HR Bartender

Organizations are creating internal coaching practices as part of employee career development programs. It’s time for employees to set the agenda! I had the opportunity to meet Dr. Ken Blanchard during the conference. But let the employee set the agenda.

Changing Performance Appraisal Ratings – Ask #HR Bartender

HR Bartender

Jonathan Segal with the firm Duane Morris shares, “It is lawful for an employee to make changes based on the dialogue that should accompany the appraisal.” Please note Jonathan’s use of the word “employee”. Both the employee and manager agree upon the change.

FLSA Games: Exempt Salary Threshold Moves from 23K to 35K.

The HR Capitalist

Employees who make less than $35,568 are now eligible for overtime pay under a final rule issued today by the U.S. To be exempt from overtime under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employees must be paid a salary of at least the threshold amount and meet certain duties tests.

BREAKING: Big Data Is Going to Tell Us Our Workforce is Hopelessly Flawed.

The HR Capitalist

Case in point - a company named Synergy Sky, which has the following mission: Synergy SKY that can leverage data from sensors, behaviour and your calendar to make all meetings more efficient. If you believe that fake meetings are a problem, you'll want this type of solution.

Would You Fire Starbucks Employees Who Ask People to Leave for Questionable Reasons?

The HR Capitalist

Starbucks - with its 30,000 locations and 300,000 employees - has become a lighting rod reflection of polarization in America. It turned out they were waiting for another man to start a business meeting. 2--What's the history of the employee in question? Are they a good employee?

Employees: You Need to Read This

HR Bartender

Take, for instance, the employee handbook. Companies have been writing, printing and distributing employee handbooks for decades. Is there another way to provide employees the same information without killing a bunch of trees? Employees swear they will read it someday.

Men Who Are Uncomfortable Mentoring Women: I'd Guess You're Doing This.

The HR Capitalist

Here’s what the report says, we'll discuss after the rundown: -- Female employees are now facing a new threat to their careers in the post #metoo era. How often do you ask a woman in those meetings the subject matter expert over a man?

Chick-fil-A: Observations from the Road About Talent and Culture.

The HR Capitalist

Reducing nights in hotel rooms generally means getting up as early as needed and hitting the road for mid morning meetings - rather than going in the night before. Benefits Culture Employee Relations Wellness WorkplaceI travel a lot for work.

Understanding Conflict of Interest – Ask #HR Bartender

HR Bartender

The CEO of our company has hired his daughter in the marketing department as a part-time employee. This amounts to about $70/hour, which grossly exceeds other employee salaries. I’m sure there’s more to this story than meets the eye.

Employee Well-Being Impacts Your Recruiting Efforts

HR Bartender

We know that one of the most effective ways to recruit is using employee referral programs. Last year, SilkRoad reported that employee referrals in the U.S. So we agree – employee referrals are important to our overall recruitment efforts.

Leadership Signals Week: Steph Curry Says "Bye" to an Unlikable Peer.

The HR Capitalist

First all-hands meeting, the leaders that take over blast Van Halen from the speakers. --The The leaders that take over turn that into an "employee of the week" parking spot. --The Communications Culture Employee Relations Workplace

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How To Know If Your Defined-Benefit Pension Plan Is In Trouble.

The HR Capitalist

workers and offering pension buyouts to 100,000 former employees, as the conglomerate joins the ranks of U.S. Benefits Compensation Employee RelationsI'm not an expert on pension plan funding.