Topic: dealing with employees

Is Lena Dunham A Bad Boss?

Is Lena Dunham A Bad Boss?

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 »

Lindsay Lohan Feuds With Her Loyal Assistant, Ending One Of Her Only Professional Relationships

Lindsay Lohan Feuds With Her Loyal Assistant, Ending One Of Her Only Professional Relationships

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 »

HR Mistake Of The Week: Ignoring The Elephant In The Boardroom

HR Mistake Of The Week: Ignoring The Elephant In The Boardroom

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 »

HR Mistake Of The Week: Zero Tolerance Lateness Policies Make Zero Sense

HR Mistake Of The Week: Zero Tolerance Lateness Policies Make Zero Sense

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 »

Employers Use Fancy Surveillance Technology To Monitor Your Every Move

Employers Use Fancy Surveillance Technology To Monitor Your Every Move

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 »

‘Fox Mole’ Caught; Revealed To Be Bridge-Burning Numbskull

'Fox Mole' Caught; Revealed To Be Bridge-Burning Numbskull

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?

Alas, he barely had a chance to get started: Fox caught the mole about 24 hours later. So where does the “Fox mole,” who we now know as Joe Muto, go from here? And what on earth was he thinking? More »

Discrimination Against LGBT Workers Isn’t Just Mean, It’s Insanely Expensive

Discrimination Against LGBT Workers Isn't Just Mean, It's Insanely Expensive

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 »

HR Mistake Of The Week: Your Company Handbook Is Too Long

HR Mistake Of The Week: Your Company Handbook Is Too Long

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 »