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Does Your Company Utilize Progressive Disciplinary Action?

Conflict in the workplace is not something that owners, managers and supervisors seek out.  However, it happens every day in companies of all sizes. Most management-level employees do not do a great job of documenting negative subordinate behaviors or poor performance, nor do they even do an okay job. Documentation for negative employee behaviors and … more »

Ways to Increase General Wellness and Wellness Program Participation

You may or may not have a wellness program at your company. But chances are if you do, the level of participation isn’t very high. The goal of these programs is to help control health care costs by increasing preventive care and in turn, reducing the occurrences of prevalent medical conditions. Unfortunately adding these programs … more »

Have You Considered Your Workplace Etiquette?

It’s a new year and an opportunity to turn over a new leaf. Most of us have made various personal New Year’s resolutions throughout the years; maybe to be healthier and exercise more or to spend more time with family. However, have you considered making a work-related resolution? It is common for us to be … more »

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays or Season’s Greetings?

It is that time of year when most of us use the greeting “Merry Christmas,” “Happy Holidays,” or “Season’s Greetings.” Some ask, which one is politically correct in my work environment?  The answer depends completely upon the cultural or religious diversity in your work environment.  However, with that being said, employers must be cautious about … more »

Do Nonexempt Employees Need to be Paid for Travel Time?

New Focus HR Consultants frequently receive calls from employers asking the question, “Do I need to pay nonexempt employees for travel time?”  The answer is confusing to most as it is “maybe?”  The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) travel-time regulations include a provision that has confused employers, leading them to mistakenly think that they … more »

The Pros and Cons of Having an Employee Handbook

Does your company have a well written employee handbook?  Most organizations do have one, however, it is generally not well written.  Other organizations may not have one.  Is that a good choice?  Some employers argue that they are not required by law to have an employee handbook, which is true in most states. I will … more »

How to Throw a Better Company Holiday Party

It’s the time of year for holiday party planning. The tough question that arises is how to make your employees enthusiastic about attending your company party? Here are some tips to help throw a better company party. First, it’s always good to ask for your employee’s opinions and suggestions on how they’d like to celebrate … more »

Does Your Company Have an EVP?

Before asking if your company has an employee value proposition (EVP), it may be more appropriate to ask if your company has a vision and mission. A vision describes what the company wants to become and it drives the direction of the organization. The mission is a description of what the company does, or its … more »

Before You Terminate an Employee Make Sure that You Understand…

Terminate. This word is frequently used by owners and managers in business. Most however, don’t really understand what it means to terminate an employee.  Educating decision makers on items to consider prior to termination and the different types of terminations is sometimes challenging. First of all, there are different types of terminations and not all of them … more »

Tips for Team Building

We’ve all been a part of a team a time or two; whether it was in school or later on in life. The team experience for some can be a nightmare, but it doesn’t have to be. In the workplace, building an effective team is an art built on much more than just bringing coworkers … more »
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