How to Fire Someone Respectfully

If you have employees, inevitably at some point you may have to fire one. It's not a task anyone looks forward to. It doesn't have to be mean-spirited or disrespectful however. That's why I thoroughly love this post from Lauren Bacon on how to fire someone with compassion and respect. Great advice for anyone who is or may be an employer one day. ...more

Know Your Employer: HIPAA in Case of Emergencies

A word of caution: call your insurance company and employer's Human Resources department as well as that of your spouse and see what is required for you to access each other's information in the event they are incapacitated or there is a health care emergency. ...more
The "HIPPA" typo is really irritating. it's the health insurance portability and accountability ...more

AreYou Looking For a Job? Be Careful You're Not Making One of These Mistakes! Part 3

Okay, so you've made sure you weren't making any of the mistakes I've already mentioned. You're scoring face-to-face interviews and you're being bold and asking directly for jobs. You'll score a job in no time!Here are the final three reasons. I hope you were able to grow from these insights.(If you to see the list in its entirety, click here.)...more

What Makes a Good Employer?

I find this an interesting topic. I am a HR major in university. I am extremely interested in human rights, employee rights, & everything human resources. Today, a friend & I were talking about our trials & tribulations with various employers. He was telling me about a pretty horrifying interview he had, about women in his trade, about the lack of benefits with some larger companies - which brought me to the thought:What makes a good employer? What makes you want to work for a certain company?...more

Communication with employees is key

In a climate where office stress levels are on the rise and leaders have to make difficult cost-cutting decisions, employer-employee relations can turn sour. To maintain a positive work environment and a good rapport, it’s important to communicate. Talk with your employees and get to know them. Take the time to interact with them on a daily basis and show an interest in their lives. A real, genuine conversation is comforting; share a story or a laugh with your employees. A little interest goes a long way. ...more

Unemployment: Could We Be Facing Another Depression?

Each week delivers more grim news about some part of the economy, including job cuts and climbing unemployment. All the gloom-and-doom has some recalling unemployment during the Great Depression. At this point the U.S. unemployment rate is 6.7 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics; peak unemployment during the Great Depression was 25 percent. Are we inching toward a similarly unsavory fate? ...more

Salary Negotiation in Tough Times: What Not to Do

The U.S. fiscal climate is going from bad to worse, with Wall Street firms crumbling and unemployment edging ever higher. All this makes for an uneven landscape for salary negotiations, which aren't easy even during a robust economy. To succeed with salary negotiations in tough times, experts say workers should definitely avoid certain tactics. ...more

Who Owns Your Time--You, Or Your Boss?

Cam Marston thinks American workers are changing their minds. Older generations have worked as though employers own their time--but the up-and-coming workers believe they're the keepers of their time, said Marston, a consultant specializing in multigenerational communications. "The baby boomers' and Matures' attitude was: The company owns my time, and I move for them as they need me," he said. "Gen Xers and Yers say, 'I own my time, and I give you what you need based on the job that needs to be done." ...more