Performance Reviews: How They Go Wrong

One view on how to do good performance reviews: The foundation of your performance evaluation system is the job description you wrote for each of your employees. A supervisor need only compare an employee’s performance against standards you identified in a job description to discover whether an employee does a job competently. Your evaluation process[…]

When Should You Provide Employees Education?

When is providing an education fringe benefit advantageous to the employer? I know other employers who give their employees financial help to attend college or higher education courses. Also I think some of my employees would like to take some courses at the community college. What kind of educational assistance should our company be giving[…]

Follow the Law When Using Background Checks for Hiring

More and more employers are using background checks as a regular part of the hiring process, and it’s easy to understand why. When it comes to the need to protect your business, your workforce and your customers, the stakes are high. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) spells out a few good reasons why[…]

Unpaid Workers Can Surprise You

Casual labor can be dangerous! Hard to believe, but an administrative assistant wrote to an advice columnist. This person was frustrated looking for a new job and complained about “The Working Interview.” It seems the applicant actually had worked two days at one company and three days at another company without getting paid and without getting hired.[…]

Dilemma: How Long to Hold a Job Open?

Occasionally, employees want or need to be away from work after they have used up all their accrued vacation, paid sick leave, and paid personal time off. For example, an employee may be out collecting Workers’ Compensation benefits for months, even a year or more. So, you need to let employees know the circumstances under[…]