Category Archives: HR Practice

New Employee Making Old Employee Look Bad…Now What?

How would you handle a situation where a new, younger employee is more tech savvy, eager to work and more productive than an older employee who has been with the library a considerable amount of time?  As the manager, would you tell the older worker to shape-up or else? Would you let the older worker go in favor of the more productive, younger one? The author of this article offers suggestions for both the manager and the older employee to Read the rest

Actively Disengaged and Staying: Dealing with ‘prisoners’ in the workplace

There appears to be a number of employees who are disengaged at work, are not looking for other jobs and have little motivation to either improve or move on. Often, they hurt company morale and can keep the library/organization from achieving its goals. This article refers to these types of employees as prisoners in the workplace. While disengaged employees tend to leave the organization, this isn’t always the case. If you find employees who fall into this category in your Read the rest

If You Don’t Offer Paid Sick Leave, Expect Employees to Show Up Sick

We are now officially in the cold and flu season. The weather is changing. One day the temperature could be 80 degrees and the next day it could be 40 degrees. This fluctuation in the weather often causes many people to become ill. According to this article, about 1.5 million Americans with no paid sick leave benefits go to work ill each week. Paid leave isn’t mandatory for all in the U.S. Employers have the option to offer Read the rest

Employers Should Partner with Employees to Fight Financial Stress

The holidays are fast approaching. This is the time of year when some people tend to overspend. For those who may already be drowning in debt and financial responsibilities, the stress can be overwhelming. According to this article, a special report found that “employees who suffer from overwhelming financial stress or struggle to maintain financial stability tend to incur both immediate and future financial costs for their employer in the form of absenteeism, garnishments, payroll taxes and delayed retirement.” Read the rest

10 Things You Should Never Share with HR

Most Human Resources departments must serve the needs of the library/organization as well as the managers and general employees. At times, it can become a delicate balancing act. All HR departments do not necessarily operate the same.  The author of this article suggests that before you share a secret about yourself with HR at your workplace, you should know your HR staff. She explains that there are some things that you should never share with HR.Read the rest

9 Things That Destroy Successful Teams

At some point in your career you may be put on a team in order to complete a project. It could run smoothly with no bumps along the way with everyone getting along. This is not often the case, however, when it comes to people working in teams. The author of this article suggests nine factors that can turn an otherwise competent group of workers in to an unproductive, ineffective team. Some of these include poor communications, micromanagement, unreasonable expectations Read the rest

3 Key Tips to Remember When Disciplining Employees

We all have days when we are not working at our highest level. If there are times when behavior is consistently unacceptable, however, it often becomes incumbent upon managers to provide coaching and possibly disciplinary action. Although disciplining employees is always on a case-by-case basis, this article provides some standard components of communication required to help avoid law suits. The ultimate goal is to get the employee to improve his performance to an acceptable level. The author suggests that managers Read the rest

10 Things Your Employees Really Want to Hear You Say

Although salaries and benefits are important, employees crave more than just a paycheck from work. They want to go home feeling valued and respected for the job they do. But managers can get so bogged down in the details of everyday operations that it can be difficult for them to think about things like employee morale and motivation. This article lists ten phrases or questions that managers can use with employees to help build respect, gratitude and trust — which Read the rest

Being Mindful Makes You a Better Leader

Emotional intelligence (EI) can be defined as the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically. Managing and leading with EI helps you communicate more effectively, feel more compassion, bring out the best in others, and overcome challenges. Think you can’t learn to be emotionally intelligent? According to this article, there’s one thing you can do to help: practice mindfulness. The author suggests that better mindfulness helps us Read the rest

4 Hiring Mistakes that Scare Away a Good Job Candidate

The interview is a two-way proposition.  While you are analyzing a candidate, they are sizing you up too. Good candidates know they have options.  Just as you are checking them out for fit, they are checking you out as well and will pass on your offer if things don’t feel quite right.  Even though you may have interviewed many candidates, often HR professionals and managers could use a few tips to provide a better experience.  This article lists four mistakes Read the rest