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Published on: January 17, 2012
Filed under: Career, Motivation, Managing Employees
For those of you who attended my short seminar on “Motivating Employees”, I thought that you would enjoy this 10 minute video (see link below) that augments what I discussed in our session.  I am a firm believer in intrinsic rewards, and research from M.I.T., the University of Chicago, and Carnegie Mellon now posits that high achieving employees would rather eschew large bonuses in return for more autonomy to work on projects that are meaningful for them (and by corollary, ...Read More
Published on: January 12, 2012
Filed under: Discipline, Leaving Work Without Permission
Leaving Work Without Permission Ah, summer days, sunshine, and the many distractions that come with the season are only short months away.  What to do then when an employee decides to leave work for the day before the end of their scheduled departure time, or leaves early for lunch or their break, when they should be performing their duties?  Of course summer is not the only time when a staff member may be away from work without permission.  In looking at this type of ...Read More
Published on: January 10, 2012
Filed under: Bell Curve, Forced Distribution, Performance Appraisals
Forced Distribution (Bell Curving Performance Appraisals) A question that often arises during performance appraisal time is whether to use a "bell curve" or "forced distribution" of employees' performance results.  My view is to tread very carefully with this methodology.  In working with one client a few years ago, I wrote the following case study for them on the pros and cons and what options they may wish to take in lieu of bell curving their staff's performance ...Read More
Published on: January 07, 2012
Filed under: Probationary Employees
I will walk briefly through a summary of the purpose of the probationary period, legislative framework and then the jurisprudence on this issue in order to provide you with background and context with respect to probationary employees.  There is a significant amount of material on this subject so I have tried to condense it down to the key concepts. Purpose of Probation Defined Although it may seem trite to state the purpose of a probationary period, I believe that it is worthwhile ...Read More
Published on: January 07, 2012
Filed under: Discipline, Sleeping on the Job
Although it may come as a surprise to some, I do get the occasional question from clients on how to deal with employees who fall asleep on the job.  Please note, this is not a wide-spread problem, but when it does occur, it usually causes much consternation on the part of the manager. I have taken the liberty of reviewing the leading case law on this issue and have summarized it below. “Sleeping on the job" is a serious matter and arbitrators appear to agree that such action ...Read More
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Policies - Telework
March 08, 2012

This week we take a look at HR policies and what better way to discuss a policy suite than by highlighting a policy or two.  In this first installment we look at an increasingly popular policy ...

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