Archive for May, 2017

How Not To Fire an Employee

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Donald Trump’s firing of former FBI director James Comey has created a media firestorm, and could soon become fuel for a potential presidential impeachment. There are a multitude of lessons to be learned from the entire situation, but it’s important for managers to take note of the fact that improperly firing an employee can lead to a heap of trouble.  Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you have to let an employee go. Use your best judgment.  There are a lot of reasons why an employer may want or need to terminate an employee’s relationship with…

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Death by Meeting

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Employees spend between 6 and 20 hours per week in meetings, according to surveys by the Society for Human Resources Management.  Those same surveys reveal that employees feel the majority of time spent in meetings is unproductive.  We’ve all participated in a bad meeting that starts late, doesn’t have an agenda, has no clear facilitator, or outcome identified.  An unproductive meeting is much worse than not having a meeting in the first place.  So, instead of losing those precious hours, here are some tips to optimize the effectiveness of your team meetings in the future. Is the Meeting Necessary? Sometimes,…

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Should You Offer Severance?

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Bill O’Reilly of Fox News reportedly received a $25 million severance package — nearly two times more than the $13 million Fox News paid in sexual harassment settlements over the course of his tenure at the network. It goes without saying that this is a terrible look for the same network that recently paid out a $40 million severance package to former CEO Roger Ailes after he was accused of sexual harassment by multiple women at the company. Settling on severance pay for employees can be a complicated situation.  While severance packages are generally not required to be given upon…

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Help Wanted! How to Write an Effective Job Ad

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It is very common to see a job ad that is a regurgitation of the company’s formal job description, merely listing a job title and a laundry list of duties and job specifications that are expected of the incumbent, and only slightly more interesting than watching water boil.  But, a job ad is not a job description; it’s a carefully crafted message aimed at speaking to your target audience and urging them to act.  To increase the likelihood that potential candidates will apply (or even continue reading), consider the following tips on creating an optimal job advertisement. Don’t just explain…

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