Archive for November, 2019

Difficult Feedback: How to Listen and Be Heard

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No matter how long you have worked as a supervisor, giving negative or difficult feedback is never easy. It can be challenging, stressful, and uncomfortable for you and your employees. While we are often tempted to shy away from the confrontations that can result from negative feedback, avoidance only results in frustration and stress for everyone involved. While there is no one way to provide feedback, approaching any feedback from a place of empathy and respect is the first step in ensuring difficult feedback goes down more easily. It is important to provide feedback in an environment that feels safe…

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Joint Employment: Understanding Liability

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Joint employment can be simply defined as the sharing of control or supervision of an employee by two organizations. While this seems relatively simple, joint employment can quickly become more complicated. In most instances, there is a primary employer and a secondary employer. The primary employer is responsible for hiring, scheduling, paying, and providing benefits for the employee. The secondary employer does not hire nor directly pay the employee but benefits from the employee’s services and often oversees a portion, if not all, of their work. Some examples of a joint employee are a temporary employee hired through a staffing…

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Phased Retirement: Empowering All Employees

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The retirement game is changing and employees are no longer stepping down in their mid-sixties to let their predecessors take their place. Research shows that this is not due to a lack of desire but more often because American workers do not feel equipped for retirement. And, neither do their employers. Letting go of your most experienced employees can leave holes in your organization, and with this loss of expertise, challenges can arise. One of the best ways to handle this is to implement a phased retirement program. Phased retirement offers a bridge to employee retirement, essentially providing employees with…

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Tips on Making the Most of Hiring Outside Help

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This article was written by guest author, Jim McKinley of Money With Jim, retired banker providing free financial counsel.  Hiring outside help for your business can be stressful since you likely have very specific needs that must be met. It can be a challenge to find just the right person for the job who also falls within your budget. But if you want to grow your business, it’s often just a part of the process. Thinking carefully about what your needs are is essential, as is figuring out what your goals are. If you want to boost your marketing and…

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