Performance Evaluation Policy

Performance appraisal policies commonly contain two mistakes. They make a promise that may turn out to be hard to keep. And they attach wage reviews to the performance evaluation. Mistake #1: Does your employee handbook say something like this: “Employees will receive a performance appraisal each year on their anniversary?” A well-intended statement, but one which has…

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Perfect Your Job Ads Now!

The best-qualified applicants for open jobs are often difficult to recruit. To attract more of the best job seekers, start with writing “help wanted” ads to pull in the people you want. Following are guidelines, tips and examples to help you. Put the job title or position name at the very top, left, above the headline….

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Putting a Lid on Harmful Gossip

Every workplace has some amount of “workplace chatter” among employees. But when this idle, trivial talk turns into malicious gossip about coworkers, management or confidential workplace matters, the employer can do something about it. Gossip Worldwide Gossiping — from the idle chatter to malicious rumor-mongering — is a workplace activity throughout the world. For example, an…

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Replacing Employees Costs Big Dollars

The cost of employee turnover is alarming for many businesses. The latest statistic available from the  Employment Policy Foundation suggests the average cost of turnover to employers is $13,355 per full-time private-sector employee replaced. Keep in mind, this study was done several years ago so chances are this figure has risen considerably. Still it is enough to be troubling. An important…

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Creative Employees Churn Out Ideas

“No idea is too far out… There’s a whole lot of creativity going on around here!” If asked, employees might say this about their workplace at DEI Inc., in Cincinnati, OH. DEI stands for Dedication, Ethics and Innovation, and DEI certainly is innovative when it comes to dealing with employees. DEI Inc. designs financial institutions all…

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How to Make Online Recruiting Applicant-Friendly

Online recruiting of applicants is now commonplace for employers. Unfortunately, recruiting over the Internet and from a company’s website has at least two downsides: Online recruiting can attract large numbers of applications from unqualified and under-qualified people, wasting much time for those involved in the hiring process. Poorly designed web pages and poorly worded recruitment…

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Danger Can Lurk in Job Offer Letters

Job applicants (especially those at supervisor and management levels) more and more are wanting it “in writing” when a job offer is made. It’s becoming more common for employers to give job offer letters (or letters of employment) to new hires. However, this type of document carries risks for the employer. Job offer letters and…

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Hire the Right Person – And Stay Out of Trouble Doing It

Interviewing job candidates has never been easy. But now, a growing list of legal pitfalls is making a tough job even tougher. Fortunately, there are techniques that can help you hire the right person and stay out of trouble while you’re doing it. Here are some of the most important: When Can a Charge of…

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How to Make Benefits Information Easier for Employees to Understand

If employers want their workers to participate in retirement and benefits programs, it is important to communicate with them in plain English. Many benefits packages and retirement plans come with complex wording, and employees may not understand all of the terms. In addition to this, English may be a second language to some employees, so…

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Negative Employees Might Surprise You

Are negative employees holding your business back or pulling it down? Do you even know if you have employees who feel strongly negative about their work? What to Do Based on findings in the survey, if you want to decrease the negative attitude of employees toward their jobs and increase their positive attitudes, focus on…

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