How Do I Terminate Employees Remotely? Five Steps to Make It Easier.

June 24, 2020 | 555 views

How Do I Terminate Employees Remotely? Five Steps to Make It Easier.
How Do I Terminate Employees Remotely? Five Steps to Make It Easier.

It is always best to lay off employees in person. But we can’t do that right now, and chances are that we cannot do that for many weeks or even months to come. Our current pandemic’s historic, negative impact on the economy has businesses from hotels to construction companies reevaluating their staffing levels. Going forward, layoffs (and hiring) will more regularly occur remotely, and we have to shift our ways of handling a sensitive HR task.

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How Do I Know What My Employees are Doing Remotely?

June 17, 2020 | 547 views

How Do I Know What My Employees are Doing Remotely?
How Do I Know What My Employees are Doing Remotely?

Remote teams and employees are new to many of us. If we are fortunate, we continue to create solutions for our organization and our customers–even if it’s from home. As a manager, we may never have tracked productivity from afar. If you are the team member or manager who needs to demonstrate effectiveness and use of time, there are a few options for keeping everyone informed and on task.

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6 Scheduling Options to Protect Workers

June 10, 2020 | 467 views

6 Scheduling Options to Protect Workers
6 Scheduling Options to Protect Workers

The current workplace environment demands serious safety protocols. Multiple government and worker safety organizations have guidelines and requirements that you are scrambling to adapt to your own industry and work environment. In order to protect the greatest number of employees, you are now allowed to do the previously unthinkable: ask employees about symptoms of coronavirus, take temperature readings, and test employees.

Once considered eligible for work, the employees must then be protected in the workplace with design changes that encourage space around work areas. Personal protective equipment must be provided for essential workers, and we must make all efforts to stop the spread of a novel virus while still trying to run an organization smoothly.

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4 Pandemic Interview Questions to Add to Your List

June 3, 2020 | 476 views

4 Pandemic Interview Questions to Add to Your List
4 Pandemic Interview Questions to Add to Your List

I have been fortunate enough to continue in my role with ScheduleBase during this pandemic. It unexpectedly included a sudden, and unexpected, double role with a sister company. When you add all the issues that we’ve had to deal with lately, I realized how much I had to flex in order to succeed. Every workday is now different and, yet, the need to provide amazing service to our customers is unchanged.

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Keeping or Tossing Former Employees

May 27, 2020 | 499 views

Keeping or Tossing Former Employees
Keeping or Tossing Former Employees

Once upon a time in a galaxy far, far away, unemployment made hiring qualified employees a challenge. It was a market where employees often found improved job opportunities elsewhere and then left a company to enhance their income and career growth. Few of these employees were interested in returning to their original workplace when things were good. Instead, hiring managers were left scrambling for good prospects to fill positions.

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Top Leader Traits that Employees Need Right Now

May 20, 2020 | 532 views

Top Leader Traits that Employees Need Right Now
Top Leader Traits that Employees Need Right Now

Google’s Project Oxygen research was developed to better understand how to make their own leaders better. Part of the company’s motivation came from data showing that a crappy boss is one of the top three reasons that employees leave a company. What makes a poor boss (lack of communication, inconsistency, and minimal team camaraderie) was then distilled into the good behaviors necessary to be better managers.

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6 Supportive Mental Health Strategies to Offer Struggling Employees

May 13, 2020 | 776 views

6 Supportive Mental Health Strategies to Offer Struggling Employees
6 Supportive Mental Health Strategies to Offer Struggling Employees

Mental health issues have increased in recent months. This should not be surprising as we negotiate unprecedented change. For your employees, the impact can take its toll in many forms: anxiety, depression, feelings of loneliness, sleep loss, domestic violence, and fear. Our current environment is affecting us all. For the first time in most lives, there are no tried-and-true answers to questions about future employment, education, economic recovery, and medical responses.

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5 Steps to Building A Resilient Staff

May 6, 2020 | 546 views

5 Steps to Building A Resilient Staff
5 Steps to Building A Resilient Staff

An article crossed my desktop a few months back about building a strong staff–a “tropophilic” workforce. Usually, tropophilic refers to plants that, like that lone tree on a rocky mountain crag, seem to thrive in the most precarious of places. The objective was to compare the tree’s resiliency to that of our staff’s ability to withstand difficult situations and still thrive.

Such a workforce would demonstrate specific traits and abilities—self-awareness, sustainable positive emotions, and the ability to prioritize among them. The idea is that those who can prosper in uncertainty demonstrate the resilience that serves themselves and the company well in tough times.

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How to Get Employees to Listen to Your Advice

April 29, 2020 | 489 views

How to Get Employees to Listen to Your Advice
How to Get Employees to Listen to Your Advice

Sometimes, it is hard to swallow the advice we are given. We tend to take advice from some and not others. We reject ideas one day that seem perfectly reasonable the next. And yet, when we manage people, we wonder why our employees don’t listen to our all-important suggestions. As a manager, this compounds our goals of coaching employees; beyond teaching a skill, we also look to counsel them on ways to improve their processes and how to work as a team.

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Why Employee Goodwill Matters Even More in an Emergency

April 22, 2020 | 498 views

Why Employee Goodwill Matters Even More in an Emergency
Why Employee Goodwill Matters Even More in an Emergency

Traditionally, goodwill refers to the intangible assets of the company. It could mean the value of a logo or brand, or the hard work an owner has put into building a company. A good reputation is something of value, for example, as are exceptional employees. Goodwill is easily recognized when a company’s asset value is x, but the company assets are sold for a higher amount, y. The difference is goodwill – the perceived value of the company is higher because of intangible good things that improve its value.

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