Category Archives: HR Practice

Opioid Crisis: 5 Tips to Address Addiction in the Workplace  

Recently, there have been stories in the news of the nation’s growing opioid epidemic. It involves the use of prescription opioid (pain) medications and illicit drugs. The epidemic has touched every socio-economic level in the U.S. It is presenting challenges for both employees and employers. According to the National Safety Council, workers with substance use disorders miss nearly 50% more work days than their peers – up to six weeks annually. Employers don’t seem to recognize the scope of Read the rest

9 Surprising Signs You’re an Exceptional Boss (That Most People Never Consider)

If I asked you what kind of supervisor you have, you’d probably say something like, ”Oh, she’s okay.” If I asked you what kind of supervisor you are, you’d probably say, “I’m a great boss.” It’s funny how we can often see the flaws in others, but think of ourselves as perfect. Many people are good bosses. Some are even great bosses. A select few are phenomenal. This article describes ways of functioning as a supervisor that often go unnoticed, Read the rest

Inclement Weather Pay Policies

December is here—ushering in holiday parties and winter breaks.  December can also bring inclement weather. In addition to planning for holiday staffing, employers should also review rules and policies for paying employees during weather-related closings and absences. This article suggests that employers be proactive and take necessary steps before inclement weather hits. The author provides important tips to help employers navigate the season more confidently.Read the rest

7 Tips to Turn Bad Bosses into Inspiring Leaders

Many people go to work, put in their time, and clock out. There’s no interest in what’s going on. They just want a pay check. This lack of engagement can often be attributed to how people feel about their immediate supervisor. According to this article, bosses who have good rapport with their staff and think of themselves as a coach, rather than a dictator or final decision-maker, will engender employee trust and cooperation. The author offers tips to help Read the rest

3 Simple Ways to Increase Your Employees’ Productivity (Clue: Help Them Be Happier at Work)

Do you believe that it’s not your job to help your employees be happy? Do you think that happiness is something that employees should find on their own time? After-all, you hired them to do a job. Right? That may be true. However, according to this article, a lack of attention to employee happiness isn’t just a bad business practice because it makes your workplace miserable, it also has a negative impact on employee productivity. This article offers three Read the rest

Coaching Mistakes

As a manager, you often must wear the hat of ‘coach.’ When it’s well done, coaching can boost individual and organizational effectiveness. When it’s poorly done, it can alienate employees and undermine performance. This article looks at the most frequent mistakes coaches make and provides suggestions for how to avoid them.Read the rest

Disaster Preparedness and Recovery for Your Library

As residents of several states and other locations around the world assess the damage of recent disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes, we are all reminded just how quickly a situation can escalate and become life-threatening. For employers, planning for emergency situations long before they occur is not only a best practice — it could also save lives. This article provides a quick guide to disaster preparedness in the workplace, including brief discussions on notification systems, evacuation routes, and other … Read the rest

The Art of Respectful Firing

No one ever wants to hear the words, “You’re Fired.” Granted, there are times when employees’ actions may be cause for immediate dismissal (i.e. perform illegal transactions on the job, pose a direct threat to co-workers, etc.). Often though, under-performance and unmet expectations are more likely reasons for people being fired. Sometimes efforts to correct problematic behaviors simply don’t work. This article provides suggestions to assist managers in handling these situations proactively.Read the rest

Stay Interviews Have Become the New Exit Interviews

Human Resource professionals may be accustomed to conducting exit interviews. But wouldn’t you prefer to keep your employees for long term? So why not ask them what motivates them and keeps them working for your library or organization before they decide to leave? Stay interviews are designed to do just that.  According to this article, stay interviews can help you proactively understand what employees love about your library—and what is getting in the way of retention. This article provides … Read the rest

7 Common Employee Gripes (and How to Silence Them)

A study says that 40% of managers in the United States are considered “bad bosses” by their employees. Yet most managers assume that their relationships with their employees are running smoothly.

Obviously, some of those bosses are wrong … and that can create major problems for a business. A Gallup Poll says organizations are 50% less productive—and 44% less profitable—when serious boss-employee conflicts exist.

According to the book 30 Reasons Employees Hate Their Managers some common employee complaints about management, Read the rest