Nuts-and-Bolts: Bring on the School Schedule!

With the new school year having started or will be starting soon, many managers and employers are concerned about the balance parents have to make between their children’s school and workplace responsibilities. As a manager, how do you accommodate a parent’s need for time off with business needs? (more…)

Walking the Talk

Whether an entry level employee or a top executive, at the end of the day, we are all human. Part of that humanness is being frustrated on occasion, often times with coworkers and colleagues that we have to work with on a day to day basis. If you happen to be in a supervisory position, part of your responsibility as a manager is to lead by example. To “walk the talk” and practice what you preach; not just telling, but showing your employees how to behave in a professional manner.  (more…)

Nuts-and-Bolts: I-9 Compliance Updates

Filling out the Form I-9 is a standard part of the hiring process, a way of verifying the identity and employment authorization for employees who are hired to work in the United States (both citizens and non citizens). Every employer in the U.S. is required to ensure that I-9 forms are properly and accurately completed by the employee, and that the employer section is filled out as well. I-9 forms are to be stored in a location separate from employee personnel files, and retained for a period of three years after the date of hire, or one year after termination, whichever is longer, and made accessible for inspection by authorized government officials, in the event of an audit.  (more…)

I Forgive You

“To err is human, to forgive, divine.” ― Alexander Pope, An Essay on Criticism

A few weeks ago, we wrote a blog post on workplace grudges and how to manage that anger appropriately (see The Workplace Grudge). This week, the focus is on learning to forgive; a lesson that almost all of us need to revisit on a regular basis. (more…)