Common Handbook Mistakes #4

It is important for an employer to be clear about the nature and scope of the work relationship.  Relying on your workforce to read your mind only results in misunderstandings and hard feelings.  Neither is good for morale. That brings us to… Mistake 4 No “At Will” policy. “At Will” employment is one of those concepts that we understand on one level but don’t care for on … [Read more...]

Common Handbook Mistakes #3

Communication is a two way street. It is not just the message that you send it also involves how the recipient perceives the message. This is where some employers drop the ball.  The message sent by management to their workforce makes complete sense to management but it is perceived differently by their workforce. How does this happen?  It’s like the industrialist and the … [Read more...]

Common Handbook Mistakes #2

I know this next handbook mistake is going to make everyone think that I am related to the Grinch that stole Christmas. Other than a passing resemblance, that is not true. The Grinch is taller and smiles more. As an employer, you need to remember that your handbook is a tool to communicate to your workforce and to establish expectations. Use it for that purpose and only for … [Read more...]

Common Handbook Mistakes

This post will be the first in a series of posts on common mistakes that employers make when they prepare a handbook.  Contrary to popular belief, a handbook is not something that you whip together on a whim.  A handbook should articulate the expectations that you have of your workforce.  Although there is some commonality in handbooks, an effective handbook is one that is … [Read more...]

Chronically Late Employees

We have all been late.  Sometimes it is the traffic, sometimes it is your inability to get the kids out to the school bus on time, and sometimes you are late for inexplicable reasons (you know the usual things like alien abductions or the Top 5 list on your local morning news show).  Most companies understand that an employee will on occasion be late.  In most instances being … [Read more...]