Sometimes when you’re wrapped up in your work–or on Facebook, or in reading The Grindstone–you may be tempted to ignore some business people and associates to keep your momentum going. If you plan on responding to these people later when … More
Topic: dealing with employees
The Girls set has always seemed like a love-fest from the outside. Lena Dunham frequently tweets sweet photos of her goofing off with her costars, and they’ve always seemed like one big happy family. But yesterday, news broke that one of the stars had quit abruptly, apparently over differences with the creator. More
My daughter Lily is fourteen. Over the holidays, she had her her first job. She was employed as a Christmas elf in Santa’s grotto at our local farm shop. She is studying business at school but she learned a lot more on the job.
So I asked what she’d learned after three weekends of solid elfing: More
When you’re just starting out in your career, you learn to do it all by yourself. You manage your calendar, your responsibilities, and then, when you advance, you manage others.
Once you get to that level, it becomes much harder to do it all. Time becomes a big issue, and there’s more on your plate. It’s increasingly important, as you move upward, to learn to delegate. More
When workers perform well at their jobs, a lot of it may have to do with the guidance and mentorships or their managers.
To see how much an individual’s success is affected by their direct managers, Evolv, a data provider that uses analytics to study employee retention, compared the productivity of managers with the people they direct daily. More
Lindsay Lohan doesn’t have a lot of solid professional contacts these days. Within the last few months, she pissed off Barbara Walters by backing out of an interview. She got in a huge fight with her “momager” Dina, accusing her of using cocaine. (When she called her dad for help, he ratted her out to TMZ, because he is a good dad.) Her big return to acting in the Lifetime movie Liz and Dick was widely considered hilarious — and it wasn’t a comedy. So you’d think she’s hold close to the few professional connections she has. But in her latest drama, she kicked her assistant Gavin Doyle out of her car after he bailed her out of jail. Now Doyle is getting revenge on Twitter. More
Is your HR department in tune with your employees? A new survey of both HR professionals and the employees they work with finds that the answer is “almost certainly not.” While 81% of HR pros think that their employees would recommend their organization to a friend, only 38% of employees say they’d actually do it. More
This week’s HR mistake comes to us via Slate’s advice column, “Dear Prudence.” “Prudie,” as her readers call her, offers smart, no-nonsense advice about relationships and family issues, but most columns also include at least one question about office politics. Today’s comes from an employee who claims to love her company, but then reveals a shocking lapse that no one in management or HR is addressing. Here’s the letter: More
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Employee tardiness is said to cost American employers $3 billion a year. As HR magazine put it a few years ago, an employee who shows up 10 minutes late every day is taking the equivalent of an extra week’s vacation every year. If management at your company is getting fed up with chronic lateness, one solution is to implement a strict zero-tolerance policy: If an employee is late for any reason, the time gets deducted from their supply of paid time-off. That’s one way to make everyone hop to it. But is it worth it? More
Simple surveillance technology has long been used by retailers to monitor many workplaces: Think of the grainy black and white video that sometimes winds up on the evening news when a convenience store is robbed. But theft is still a big problem, and often it comes from the other side of the counter: According to a recent post at the Atlantic, fast-food restaurants lose up to 7% of their sales to employee theft. Now, employers are fighting back with super-sophisticated surveillance technology that monitors employee actions right down to the keystroke. Get ready to have your boss monitor your every move and call you out over your exact behavior at 2:37 pm. More
Way back on Tuesday afternoon, the first appearance of “Fox mole” sent news and media junkies into spasms of glee. The instantly popular column appeared on Gawker, which described their new anonymous writer as “a long-standing, current employee of Fox News Channel who will be providing Gawker with regular dispatches from inside the organization.” The mole wrote that he was still working for Fox, but wanted to go out with a bang by revealing secrets from inside the company for as long as he could. Oooh, what would he reveal? Steve Doocy‘s no-brown-M&M contract? A manual explaining how to use footage of prison riots as B-roll during segments on Occupy Wall Street? A “Reagan Friday” dress code?
We usually think of the costs of workplace discrimination in terms of those who get the brunt of it: Harassed workers are the ones who suffer psychologically, financially, or even physically from abuse in the workplace. But discrimination hurts businesses, too. A new report explains exactly how expensive it is for companies to discriminate against gay and lesbian workers. From productivity losses to retention problems to costly lawsuits, discrimination against LGBT employees isn’t just mean, it’s stupid. More
Warning! If you’re an HR employee who has been trained to dot every “i” and cross every “t,” the following piece of advice may disturb you: The perfect company policy may not cover every contingency. In fact, it may be short, simple, and leave a lot up to discretion. That’s according to Jason Carney, HR Director at WorkSmart, an Indianapolis-based firm that provides HR services to small and mid-size companies. Forget the thousand-page policy that covers every possible situation. (Should a sick leave policy cover dependents who are over 18? What about a niece or nephew who lives in the family home?) Carney says he favors policies that are simple and flexible. “There’s been a trend, and I like it, to make handbooks thinner,” Carney told me a few days ago. “I’m a policy geek and I like policy, but HR people have a tendency to make this complicated.” It doesn’t have to be that way. More