Let’s get straight to the crux of some sensitive workplace issues. How do you as a manager address an employee who smells like soap and water are foreign objects? How do you even begin to address the staff member who comes to work with exposed cleavage and skirts so high, your office would become an […]
Knowing When To Cut The Cord and Let Your Employee Go
There is the staff member that regularly comes in late or the one who consistently falls behind and misses deadlines despite your best efforts to provide guidance and support. Or the employee who continues to cross the line with clients and colleagues. Maybe the employee issue is not as momentous as acts of inappropriate behavior […]
The Miami Dolphins Fiasco – A Case Study on Harassment and Bullying At Work
Employers – do you have policies in place that emphasizes your company’s position on harassment and bullying, or do you assume that bullying could never happen in your organization? If your company clearly states it’s position on workplace bullying, are your employees even aware of your policy? Do they know what the consequences are for […]
Will the Language in Your Company’s Severance Agreement Stand Up In Court?
Severance agreements are popular documents for employers interested in reducing their liability during a negotiated separation – and a way of offering a level of assurance that their employees don’t sue. In exchange the employer agrees to avail the exiting employee with an enhanced pay and benefits package. But is the standard language used in […]
Diversity and Inclusion – Can You Have One Without the Other?
I recently had a conversation with a business woman that I met at a work related event. The dialogue started with the familiar exchange of “What do you do?” One of the many things that I “do” involves diversity work for a large organization. My new acquaintance chimed in that at her organization, a well […]
Taking Action – The Secret Sauce to Identifying and Addressing Toxic Staff
From a management perspective, coping with difficult employees in the workplace is a daunting prospect. Left unaddressed, however, these challenging employees can create a toxic workplace; damaging your brand and derailing your company’s mission. Identify The first step is to identify, (and in some cases acknowledge) that you have toxic employees. In some companies, management […]
Reining In the Spirits. Don’t let Alcohol Ruin Your Holiday Cheer
Serving alcohol at your annual holiday office party might seem like an innocuous idea but it is one that’s fraught with legal dangers. Alcohol related missteps and mishaps are a major cause of workplace litigation around the holiday season. An employee harassing a female coworker or getting into an accident after having one too many […]
Revisiting the Office Romance – What Employers Can Do To Reduce Liability
Dating at work has always been a bit of an awkward workplace issue for employers, but in the last fifteen years it has become far more integrated with potential legal risks. When an office romance goes bad, employers can find that they are in the middle of a harassment claim or, held responsible for not […]
Is Your Company Dress Code Policy Too Old School?
Most companies have established dress code policies that look something like this: Appropriate dress is required for all staff. T-shirts, shorts, jeans, mini skirts or other non-business attire is not acceptable in the office. If you have any questions regarding what is considered appropriate office attire, please speak with your supervisor and/or human resources. According […]
Employer Tips: Dealing With Substance Abuse Issues At Work
It’s no surprise to employers that substance abuse in the workplace is problematic for businesses and can lead to increased workplace injuries, loss of productivity, employer liability, and a steady rise in health insurance claims. But what can you do if you suspect that your employee has a substance abuse problem, but there is no […]
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