Paid Time Off Sharing: Make Policy Fair

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Question: Several times in the past we’ve allowed employee “A” to donate unused sick leave to employee “B” who needs help. Now again an employee has requested permission to donate sick time.  We don’t have a written policy on this.  We don’t have a problem allowing this but think it’s time we make some decisions and put our policy in writing.  Can you give us some guidance?

Specifically, should an employee in need have exhausted all of his or her time before receiving time from someone else?  Should we put a limit on the number of days that can be given to an employee? If a high paid employee donates to a lower paid employee, how is the donated time valued?

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Keep an Eye on Employee Texting, Blogging, Twittering and More

BDP8ZAPF2ZEmployers naturally want to provide employees with the tools that enable them to do their jobs more quickly and efficiently.  But there are growing concerns in the business community about employees who use technology in ways that can harm their employers.

During the work day and after hours, your staff members undoubtedly use cell phones and other mobile devices.  They may post confidential information on social media websites, write their thoughts about colleagues on blogs, text while driving to business meeting or reveal embarrassing facts on online message boards.

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Small Steps to Increase Employee Productivity

steps-388914_1280Employee success is often a direct reflection of the culture, style and attitude displayed by the management of a business. So matching management styles with employee goals can promote success and employee satisfaction.  It can also help unlock and attain employees’ aspirations.  The best way to achieve success: Continually strive to build trusting relationships between employers and employees.  Developing trust can enable employees to feel empowered in their jobs, take responsibility, and invest effort in their success.  Here are some tips:

  • Talk openly and honestly about business operations.
  • Develop a strong line of communication where open discussion, constructive criticism, and positive reinforcement are highly valued.
  • Be fair, objective and consistent with employee relations and policies.

Not only does building trust and mutual respect improve performance, it can also improve your company’s reputation and worth.  For example, one study determined that treatment of employees directly affected the company’s stock performance and market valuation.  This is a win-win situation.

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Making Peace Between Employees in Conflict

pair-707505_1280Let’s say you have two otherwise good employees who just can’t work together in anything close to harmony.  You overhear them quarreling and sometimes shouting at each other.  Their conflicts are lowering their performance and it’s affecting the productivity of co-workers.

You don’t want to get drawn into their fights but you can’t ignore them either.  What to do?  Take charge with this six-step conflict resolution procedure:

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