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    Pay Raise Alternatives to Keep Employees Motivated

    Pay Raise Alternatives to Keep Employees Motivated
    NEW YORK, May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, many employees have been laid off, let go, fired, right-sized or whatever the new economic recession has deemed them. Work loads are doubling, hours are getting longer and less work is getting done because morale is in the toilet. It couldn't get any worse ... but then an employee says that she or he ...
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    Downsizing 101

    Downsizing 101
    Charged with giving the bad news? Here are your ethical responsibilities Most discussions about downsizing focus on the legal, economic, or psychological issues raised by this practice. These are essential concerns, but we rarely consider how or why downsizing is also an ethical issue. The next two columns are an attempt to redress that problem. Here, we'll consider your ethical responsibilities ...
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    Fine Tuning Benefits: Developing New Offerings to Attract Workers

    Fine Tuning Benefits: Developing New Offerings to Attract Workers
    The tight labor market, particularly for skilled workers, has forced employers to fine tune their compensation packages to attract workers with different expectations of work and benefits. Presented by Monster Intelligence and Mercer Health & Benefits, the webinar provided key insights into: * Standard and non-standard benefit offerings. * Understanding the roll benefits play in today’s competitive labor market. * Strategies ...
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    Uncomfortable Firing Problem Employee? Get Over It!

    Uncomfortable Firing Problem Employee? Get Over It!
    Yes, it sounds very Arnold Schwarzenegger-esque, but most business owners face the point when they have to look an employee squarely in the eye and say, “You’ve been terminated.” Does the prospect make you uncomfortable? Probably. Should you avoid it and mollycoddle the employee in the hopes of a turnaround? Absolutely not. There comes a point where no amount of training, ...
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    How to Terminate an Employee

    How to Terminate an Employee
    Letting an employee go is a difficult situation most managers want to avoid, but with the right preparation and professionalism, you can get through such a tough talk with your dignity (and your employee's) intact. Firing Best Practices Another manager or HR representative should always be present, especially if terminating a potentially hostile employee or one who might twist your ...
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    When Is It Time To Fire?

    When Is It Time To Fire?
    A reader writes: We have a Receptionist/HR Asst/Office Asst for our front desk. She does new hire packages, runs errands etc. Pros: very efficient, proactive, creative, works well under pressure Cons: horrible time management, ignores feedback Facts of life: she's currently heavily pregnant, she has a very long commute and she's pretty young ( It's her first full-time position) Issue: her ...
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    Which Employee Should Be Let Go?

    Which Employee Should Be Let Go?
    A reader writes: I supervise a staff of 5 people as part of a team that was just created within the organization since the beginning of the year. Two of them are constantly bickering between themselves and each runs to me with complaints about the other. I have tried coaching and mediating with the two of them. But this has been ...
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    Tricked Into Resigning?

    Tricked Into Resigning?
    A reader writes: I work at a small company for now. 3 and a half people (the half being a part time contractor). There is no HR. The boss is HR. I have had several therapy sessions trying to figure him out. My therapist thinks he is an attention-deficit narcissist. He won't apologize, take responsibility, or listen. He disregards years and ...
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    5 Ways to Protect Yourself During Layoffs

    5 Ways to Protect Yourself During Layoffs
    With unemployment at a quarter-century high and uncertainty one of the few constants in today’s economy, companies across the country face the possibility--or the reality--of layoffs. Terminating employees either for cause or financial reasons is a difficult task often exacerbated by the specter of legal liability. There are, however, a number of preventive measures employers can take well before it becomes ...
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    Why Exit Interviews Are Important

    Why Exit Interviews Are Important
    Employee engagement continues to be an issue for organizations. There’s constant conversation about being over-worked and under-paid. We all realize times have been tough but now is the perfect time to examine some of your processes to ensure your business remains healthy. A couple days ago, I wrote about on-boarding – the beginning of a person’s career. Today, let’s talk about the end of ...
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    Building Bridges on the Way Out

    Building Bridges on the Way Out
    Last week’s jobs report had some good news.  Fewer initial jobless claims were filed.  Hopefully this means that unemployed people are getting jobs.  Or employed people are finding new jobs (creating openings for the unemployed). With any job change, there always comes the “do I or don’t I” decision about sharing your employment experience.  You got it, how to handle the ...
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    Take a Bad Job to Gain Work Experience?

    Take a Bad Job to Gain Work Experience?
    A reader writes: I have a question regarding my first "real" job. I recently had a second interview for a company that went really well. My interviewer and I developed a real rapport, and I think I'd really like the people I'd be working with. The problem is, the job is really, really low pay for really, really long hours. I'm ...
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    Are Your Employees Career Competent?

    Are Your Employees Career Competent?
    Every day, it seems like a new depressing story pops up about the unemployed. Some employers won't hire them or think being unemployed is a scarlet letter. Others who are disproportionately impacted because of their age, race, disability or veteran's status tell stories of months without an interview. Still others who are stuck in the never ending cycle of submitting a ...
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    How Do You Replace an Employee Who Doesn't Know She's Being Fired?

    How Do You Replace an Employee Who Doesn't Know She's Being Fired?
    A reader writes: I’ve been going through your archives to see if you had any advice on replacing a current employee before they know they are being replaced…when that employee is HR. In a small company with one HR person we certainly can’t place an ad – and they want to have viable candidates before this person is let go. This ...
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    Guilt Over Leaving Team With a Toxic Workplace

    Guilt Over Leaving Team With a Toxic Workplace
    A reader writes: I've been in a fairly toxic workplace for two years, and in one week I'm finally done with my contract and am moving on to greener, and saner pastures. This is all well and good, except I'm leaving behind a small team of people who I've grown very close to while I've managed them. And I know things ...
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    How to Tell if a Layoff is Coming

    How to Tell if a Layoff is Coming
    Almost all mature companies have shed employees at some point--and in most cases the pink slips don't come as a surprise. "Very often senior management will delay a decision to cut headcount, so unless there is a quick catastrophic event, layoffs have been a long time coming," explains Scott Steinberg, CEO of TechSavvy Global. How can you know if your job ...
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    You Just Got Fired. Now What?

    You Just Got Fired. Now What?
    "The experience of being fired from a job is high on the list of stressful life events that can happen to anyone over the course of their employment," says Dr. Melodie Schaefer, executive director of The Chicago School, Southern California Counseling Centers. So how do you manage the stress of being fired and get on the road to your next job? ...
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    The Right Way to Say, "I Quit!"

    The Right Way to Say, "I Quit!"
    The job market is finally showing signs of life--and that means more workers will likely have the opportunity to change jobs in the coming months. It's clear that many will welcome this: A recent survey by the Corporate Executive Board, a research and advisory services company, found that 25 percent of workers whom employers had labeled as having high potential were ...
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