The Art of Feedback

Everyone states they want feedback, but so few can actually take criticism. A manager’s job is to consistently provide positive and negative feedback to their employees. In every industry and organization, one thing is common and true: “All employees need some form of feedback.” How is that most of us managers fail at this supposedly simple skill? Regardless of experience level, we can all use practice. (more…)

Memorial Day in the Workplace

Memorial Day in the Workplace


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Many places of business are closed on Monday, May 25th, in celebration of Memorial Day. Originating as a way to honor Union soldiers who gave their lives during the Civil War, Memorial Day has since been extended to honor all fallen soldiers, men and women, who have died during any war or military action.

While many employees look forward to a day off to celebrate this meaningful holiday with family and friends, some organizations stay open for business. Memorial Day can still be special for those individuals who have to work, and can be a fun day of celebration in the workplace.  (more…)

Are You Accountable?

One of the hardest lessons we all have to learn as we move up the ladder in our organizations, is the idea that we have to be self-accountable. The higher we rise in the ranks and the more responsibility we take on, the less our own supervisors hold us accountable. Of course, as we are given more responsibilities, as more things are thrown on our plate, we have less time to dedicate to each task. How do we manage our projects and still maintain the high level of accountability that we need? (more…)

Nuts-and-Bolts: ADA – What NOT to Do

In our last Nuts-and-Bolts post, we discussed the proposed rules that the EEOC recently published that pertain to the application of the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) to wellness programs that employers offer their employees.

It is important that employers and managers stay abreast of the constantly changing and evolving rules and regulations that apply to leave management and administration to ensure compliance. A very important aspect of leave administration is what you as an employer are permitted to say, and more importantly, what you are not permitted to say when dealing with a disability-related leave of absence.  (more…)