Employees Are Stressed? Here’s What to Do!

ache-19005_1280You have employees under stress at work. Maybe they aren’t handling their jobs satisfactorily.  Here’s what you can do:

First step: Don’t overreact.  Don’t make accusations and don’t threaten.

Second step:  If the employee’s stress is severe, get help for him or her from a professional counselor or a psychologist.

Third step: If the stress, and the resulting poor job performance, is caused by the employee’s personal (non-work) life, then back off.  Don’t try to be a father, mother, brother, sister, priest, minister, or psychiatrist to your employees.

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Workers’ Comp Fraud: Tips to Clip It

scissors-235211_1280Legitimate Workers’ Comp claims can cost your business big money.  Fraudulent claims can drive up your costs even more and for  years ahead.  What are the most likely ways employees can claim bogus Workers’ Comp?  Following are claims to give special attention to:

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Probationary Periods Don’t Protect You From Unemployment Liability

XDMB0IC7TXWe’ve heard a number of managers refer to probationary periods and make statements such as “we can terminate them within the first 90 days of employment because they’re in a probationary period.”  Even in an at will employment relationship (for the states which recognize at will employment), termination during a probationary period could still result in potential liability for your company in the event of an unemployment claim or other lawsuit (discrimination, harassment, etc).

Whether an employee has worked for your company for 1 day or 10 years, there is still potential liability.  For example, in Michigan, the wages for the last five quarters at all jobs the employee has worked are used when determining benefit eligibility.  So even if the person was only employed by your company for two weeks or two days, they could still be eligible for benefits if their wages from all employers in the last five quarters meet the minimum threshold.

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Managers’ Tips for an Engaged Workforce

business-world-472556_1280All managers know that keeping employees engaged results in an increase in productivity, motivation, and retention, all of which affect the bottom line of the business.  But unfortunately managing people can be very difficult.  Employees are human, after all, and each have a unique set of personality traits and needs.  So how can you increase the level of engagement and also the morale of your employees?  Below are some helpful tips for managers to follow.

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How Long Should We Keep Employee Records?

1370555_37974185One of the most frequently asked questions is how long a company must retain employee records under various federal labor and employment laws.  Here are the answers:

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