The Art and Science of Coaching
People at Google love data. They measure everything. A few years back, they launched a research initiative called Project Oxygen in order to measure and improve key management behaviors at Google. This initiative is highlighted in a 2013 Harvard Business Review piece by David A. Garvin, professor at Harvard Business School.
Garvin writes, “Compared with leadership, managing remains understudied and undertaught–largely because it’s so difficult to describe, precisely and concretely, what managers actually do. We often say that they get things done through other people, yet we don’t usually spell out how in any detail.”Read on.
Three Ways to Optimize Employee Work Schedules
The term “optimized” tends to get thrown around a lot, especially when talking about employee scheduling. But what does it really mean?
The basic dictionary definition–“to make as perfect, effective, or functional as possible”–is good, but a bit vague when it comes to workforce management. Perfection is an unrealistic goal since even the best planned schedules typically require some fine-tuning.
How do you make complex schedules even close to perfect when there are so many variables to consider? From taking skills and certifications into account to avoiding excess overtime and meeting fluctuating demand, planning best-fit schedules is no easy task.Read on.
FMLA Eligibility for Returning Employee
We have an employee that worked for us for two years. She left for two years and has now returned. Yesterday she asked me for FMLA paperwork for an upcoming procedure. Is she still eligible for FMLA? I thought an employee had to be here for 12 consecutive months and meet an hours requirement.
According to the Department of Labor, the 12 months of employment do not have to be consecutive. That means any time previously worked for the same employer (including seasonal work) could, in most cases, be used to meet the 12-month requirement.
OSHA's maximum penalties will increase by 78 percent
We know that you're tired of hearing about major new federal Employment law changes but an unusually important announcement came out last week. OSHA has released details on the penalty increases effective August 1, 2016, but retroactive to ongoing inspections as far back as November 2, 2015 if the citations are issued after August 1. Read more.
Harassment Still a Big Problem at U.S. Employers, New EEOC Report Finds
In a new report from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the authors note that they were "deeply troubled" by the persistence of workplace harassment.
According to the workplace harassment statistics cited in the report, nearly a third of the approximately 90,000 charges the EEOC receives each year include an allegation of workplace harassment.
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