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Performance Management Strategies: Finding Common G.R.O.U.N.D.

July 17th, 2018 at 11:00am CDT

Attendees of this workshop will learn best practices to identify and document performance objectives, shortcomings, goal setting, and when and how to have tough conversations with employees about sub-par performance.

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Google Hire

Thank you for attending our webinar series this week to learn more about Hire, Google's latest recruiting app. For those who missed it, you can check out a short overview here. If you wish to take action and streamline how you currently recruit, please reach out to charleshsieh@google.com to discuss next steps.

Wearable technology

June 12th, 2018

In the last year, we have seen a rise in wearable technology.  From the newly released Apple Watch to the spread of Bluetooth devices, it seems that technology is becoming more integrated into our daily lives than ever.  These new advancements are causing people are to view their technology as a permanent accessory and not just a device that is used periodically throughout the day.  Many carry their cellphones constantly in their hands, feeling the need to have them easily accessible at moments notice.  While this shift towards constant technology use can result in higher productivity and better communication, it can also cause a whole mess of problems for employers.  Below are a few issues that can arise out of what experts are calling "wearable technology."

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Favorite HR sites

June 12th, 2018

When it comes to employment law, staying up to date with the latest law updates and best practices can seem like a full-time job, and a boring one at that! We like to keep current with the latest HR happenings by routinely checking a few blogs and websites. Each website offers a different perspective or delivery on HR that keeps us entertained AND informed, a task that can be a tall order when it comes to the sometimes dry world of employment law. Check out a few of our favorite resources here. 

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Back to school time is here!

June 12th, 2018

Every August millions of students return to school from summer vacation. While it may not seem that relevant to the 9 to 5 workforce, the school year can impact employers in several ways, from internships to continuing education benefits. Here are a few things to look out for as school gets back in session.

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Vacation policies and time off

June 20th, 2018

Not all employers provide employees with vacation time, but for those who do it is wise to have a clear, well-enforced policy in place to prevent confusion and help employees understand what steps need to be followed in order to use their time off. If employers decide to to provide time off they need to make sure to do so in a uniform manner and apply the same regulations to each employee. Written vacation policies are the easiest way to communicate the requirements for taking time away from the office and to express in no uncertain terms what the employees responsibilities are for their time spent away, i.e., if they need to find a replacement for their duties or schedule their time in a certain manner. The sample policy at the end of the article can help you get started.

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Interview with author J. Hagood Tighe

June 12th, 2018

It’s time to get to know the author of the South Carolina EMployment Law Reference Guide, Hagood Tighe of Fisher Phillips.

 

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Non-compete agreements

June 12th, 2018

One of the most problematic parts of ending an employment relationship is what happens afterwards. While it is clear that the employee must go in a new direction, there can be some confusion as to what an employer can do to make sure its business interests aren’t negatively impacted. When an employee relocates or goes out on their own they may want to take clients, staff, information or ideas with them, but there are a few things employers can do to safeguard these valuable assets.  

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Workplace romance

June 12th, 2018

A recent poll shows that over 40% of Americans have dated a coworker, making the topic of inter-office romance pretty hard to ignore. While you may be glad that your staff is finding happiness, here are several serious issues that can be brought up when employees start dating and employers should be sure to protect themselves.

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Holidays

June 12th, 2018

The summer can bring up several employment issues, including discipline and dress code violations, but one of the biggest issues is just getting employees to show up! With holidays and vacations, warmer summer months often result in lower attendance, which can translate to a loss in productivity. Time off requests also pose a lot of administrative problems, and employers should be sure to enforce a clear policy to ensure fairness. 

The following sample policy can help you get started.

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Bullying in the workplace

June 12th, 2018

A few years ago if you heard the word bullying, images of playgrounds and principals' offices might come to mind. It's true that many people felt that bullying only applied to children, but in recent years we've acknowledged the truth of the situation: adults can be bullied – and bullies – too. A 2010 survey showed that over 35% of adults admit to being bullied and another 15% admit to witnessing bullying. With these numbers on the rise, employers need to learn to identify and prevent bullying in the workplace, as it can lead to some very serious problems. Here are some questions you need answers to and a sample bullying policy:

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Employment references

June 12th, 2018

Finding new employees can be stressful. Sure, an applicant will say they are a hardworking overachiever, but are they being honest? That's where reference checks come in. For most positions, it is beneficial for an employer to request and contact previous employers to check on perspective employees as it can protect the employer in any future negligent hiring claims. But what is the right way to get a reference? And what is the right way to give a reference for your own past employees?

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Telecommuting or remote (control) workers

June 12th, 2018

With the advances in technology in the last 20 years, the need for some employees to commute to the office daily has dropped drastically. Telecommuting, or working outside the office (usually in the employee’s home), has become a popular arrangement as it offers some clear advantages for employees and employers, including:

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Social media and employment

June 12th, 2018

Social media, or the process of interacting and sharing ideas in a virtual setting, has exploded over the past 5 years. The popularity of sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram is unquestionable. But how does this new mode of communicating impact employment?

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Performance evaluations

June 12th, 2018

Although they can be a bit uncomfortable for both you and the employee, evaluations serve as an important part of reviewing staff performance and making sure a business runs smoothly. Here are a few answers to some common performance review questions. You can call it a performance review, evaluation or just a check-in...just make sure you do it right.

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Breaktimes

June 12th, 2018

Meal breaks and rest breaks continue to be some of the biggest grey areas in employment. Whether its understanding how much time needs to be provided, what limitations an employer can place on the employee during that time, or timekeeping issues, break time can be a very confusing topic. Here are a few things to keep in mind when dealing with employee breaks.

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Interview with attorneys at Wilson Worley PC

June 12th, 2018

It’s time to get to know the authors of the Tennessee Human Resources Manual, the attorneys at Wilson Worley PC.

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