5 Moves to Help Managers Minimize Lawsuits [Video Blog]

Posted on Jan 4, 2018 7:00:00 AM

Great managers are skilled at connecting with employees and motivating them to work productively as part of a team. Having strong managers is essential for building your company’s profitability and reputation as a great place to work. However, even great managers, with the best of intentions, can inadvertently make mistakes that might expose your company to lawsuits and fines. 

Employee lawsuits are an unfortunate reality in today’s workplace, and a source of concern to employers. Even a completely baseless suit can cost six figures to defend; if there’s merit behind the charges, the legal bills, fines, and settlement fees can ruin a small business. Your managers, who are the first line of employee contact, have the power to minimize some of that exposure.

Let’s take a look at five moves your managers can make to reduce your risk of a lawsuit.

1. Document Everything. This starts with the interview and extends to every aspect of management and supervisory functions. Remember, any document can potentially be used as a piece of evidence in the event of a lawsuit, so managers must be thorough. As an employer, stress the importance of documentation, provide forms and guidelines for managers to follow, and establish procedures for where and how long such documents will be stored, being sure to comply with any requirements set by law. Furthermore, ask your managers to be honest in all aspects of documentation. Many managers, for example, are tempted to gloss over areas of weakness in written performance reviews. While they may be motivated out of kindness toward the employee, they are actually putting their companies at risk in the event such an individual is eventually fired. In all cases, the records must be accurate. 

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Holiday Pay and Time Off [Video Blog]

Posted on Dec 22, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Today, we're going to take a quick look at one of the most confusing topics in HR and benefits management: holiday pay and time off. 

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What Employers Need to Know About Disability and Religious Accommodations for Employees [Video Blog]

Posted on Oct 12, 2017 7:00:00 AM

In the modern workplace, we are fortunate to embrace diversity in many forms. In all likelihood, your company or organization employs individuals of many different backgrounds and abilities. At times, these differences may require what is known as an accommodation--a change in the work environment (or in the way things are usually done) that enables an employee to perform the duties of his or her job while respecting the employee's disability or religious beliefs or practices. 

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Sexual Harassment in the Workplace [VIDEO BLOG]

Posted on Sep 28, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Today’s topic is a serious one: we are going to talk about sexual harassment in the workplace…how to recognize it, establishing procedures to report it, and how to prevent it. The goal is a zero tolerance, harassment-free workplace.  

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How to Hire Top Talent for Your Business - Part 2 [Video Blog]

Posted on Sep 14, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Before we discuss ways to improve your corporate culture, let’s summarize 5 components to consider in your compensation and benefits package:

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How to Hire Top Talent for Your Business - Part 1 [Video Blog]

Posted on Aug 31, 2017 7:00:00 AM

We all know you need skilled and dedicated employees to build and grow your business. Attracting the right people is essential to positioning your company for growth and success, but establishing your company as a destination for top talent takes effort. 

You've got to lead the competition on two fronts by: (1) offering an attractive compensation and benefits package, and (2) showcasing a corporate brand and culture that both excites and motivates candidates.

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Setting Employee Goals [Video Blog]

Posted on Aug 18, 2017 11:54:00 AM

Today, we’re going to talk about something every supervisor and employee should do: set goals. Whether timed to the start of the calendar year, or done in conjunction with quarterly or annual reviews, goal setting has far-reaching benefits. 

Employees who set goals increase both their commitment and motivation, and they become more invested in their jobs and long-term career plans. Employers also benefit—the goal-setting process allows them to direct employees’ efforts toward maximizing accomplishments and… perhaps most importantly… toward supporting the company’s own long-term goals.

Sounds like a win-win… but how do you, as a manager, go about setting goals?

To start, know that goal setting will be most successful when you provide each employee with clear expectations regarding performance that are tied to an understanding of how his or her individual work contributes to the company’s overall goals.

To help make that happen, there are 7 key criteria that your goals should meet.

1. Be specific. Clearly communicate the tasks or behaviors employees must accomplish or demonstrate to achieve successful results. Performance goals should function to align employee growth and development with that of your business.

2. Be realistic. You need to set goals that are challenging, but attainable based on your employee’s knowledge, skills and resources. Ask the employee for input, and make sure you monitor and update goals as circumstances change. Your definition of “realistic” may change as the year proceeds.

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How To Keep Employees Motivated [Video Blog]

Posted on Aug 4, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Today, we’ll be discussing employee motivation. Whether you’re the CEO of a Fortune 500 company or the owner of a five-person firm, you know that a motivated team is essential to your success. More than that, a demotivated staff can do serious damage to your business.

So, what are the warning signs of demotivated employees? According to a blog on the professional networking site, LinkedIn, there are three key areas to watch out for: workplace atmosphere, job standards, and employee productivity. If any or all of these are trending downwards, there’s a good chance you’re dealing with demotivated employees.

As a business owner or manager, you need to not only motivate employees, but also help them to motivate themselves. Ultimately, your goal is to create an environment that allows your employees to meet or exceed expectations, do their best, and feel valued.

Understanding what motivates employees comes down to knowing your staff as individuals. Remember, we all have different needs, aspirations, and values…therefore, what motivates one employee may not work for another. That’s why your best strategy is to offer a range of motivators to improve performance, enthusiasm, and retention.

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3 Tax Recordkeeping Tips for Employers [Video Blog]

Posted on Jul 20, 2017 7:00:00 AM

You may not give much thought to doing your taxes outside of tax season, but some of the expenses you pay during the year might qualify for money-saving tax credits or deductions come tax time. If you organize your tax records now, you'll make tax filing easier and faster when you do them next year. It also helps reduce the chance that you'll lose a receipt or statement that you need. 

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Planning for Workplace Emergencies [Video Blog]

Posted on Jul 6, 2017 7:00:00 AM

A workplace emergency is an unforeseen situation that threatens your employees, customers, or the public; disrupts or shuts down your operations; or causes physical or environmental damage. Having an emergency action plan is key to preventing a disorganized evacuation or emergency response that could result in confusion, injury, and property damage.

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