Human Resources

Is Telecommuting a Reasonable Accommodation for Disabled Employees?

The Americans With Disabilities Act requires employers to provide disabled employees reasonable accommodation. As a result, employers are forced to ask difficult questions, such as whether an employee is a qualified individual with a disability or whether the requested accommodation is reasonable. Technology which enables employees to work from home has added a new level of complexity.

OSHA Clause for Safe Workplaces Applies to Aggressive Intruders and Active Shooters

News stories from the last few weeks reinforces how employers must be vigilant to protect employees internationally, nationally and locally. The shootings in Paris and Mali and the violence in colleges, churches, plants and office settings, point out risks that are sad reminders that there are individuals and groups who mean to do harm in the workplace and have the means to do so.

Conducting Employee Surveys

Surveys can be wonderful tools to gauge employee perceptions about your business and their role within it. Everyone likes to give their opinion and it is even better when the boss truly wants to hear it!  

Responding to the feedback you receive can lead to higher retention rates, lower absenteeism, improved productivity, better customer service and higher employee morale; all things a good leader has a vested interest in! However, misinterpreting results or failing to act on the issues identified in the survey can have the opposite effect.

Want engaged employees? It’s easy – pay them

As George Eastman built the photographic film manufacturer Eastman Kodak into an industrial giant in the early 20th century, he thought long and hard about how to get the most out of his front-line laborers. He wound up designing a program to ensure that as corporate profits grew, so would people’s pay.

“You can talk about cooperation and good feeling and friendliness from morn to midnight,” Eastman said, “but the thing the worker appreciates is the same thing the man at the helm appreciates –dollars and cents.”

Easiest Way to Catch Basic Lies on Resumes and Applications

Odds are good that more than half of the resumes and job applications you review contain any number of misrepresentations, falsehoods, lies…whatever you want to call them.

By performing a fast and easy address search – which reviews tons of public record sources all over the U.S. –you can learn the addresses your applicants have used for the last one to 25 years, when a Social Security number was entered as part of the identifying information. This could be when they secured a loan, rented an apartment, co-signed a financial document, enrolled in school, etc.

Are You a Leader or a Manager?

Fifteen years ago, I asked Joe Hogan, the then-CEO of GE Fanuc, to define the difference between a manager and a leader. He responded rapidly, “A manager takes it and does it. A leader looks at it and says, ‘Why are we doing this? Could we do it better? Is there someone else who could do it so he or she would learn and grow, and so I could do something more important?’”

Position Yourself and Millennials for a Brighter Future

The Millennial generation recently became the largest generation in today’s workforce. It is time that we understood the talent we employ, to help retain them and develop deeper, more fruitful relationships in and outside of our organizations. It makes sense for the rest of us to stop, collaborate, and listen to what they need to help them thrive. Treating them this way could result in much success for everyone.