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Q: We’ve discovered an employee is using a title on LinkedIn that is not the title we use at our organization. Should we say something?

Posted by Anchor Staff on Nov 30, 2022 1:37:32 PM

A: It depends. There are many reasons an employee may choose to use a job title on LinkedIn that is different than their official job title with your organization. For one, employees may feel that their job title doesn’t accurately or meaningfully describe the work they are doing. A job title that makes perfect sense internally may not be easily decipherable outside the organization. Numbered titles like Administrative Assistant 1 or 2 don’t, in themselves, tell you which one is higher. Trendy titles like Brand Evangelist may get overlooked in searches.

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Topics: hr

What Employers Should Know About Trauma in the Workplace

Posted by Anchor Staff on Nov 30, 2022 1:28:08 PM

 

Almost 15 years ago, the Great Recession was underway. People lived in a constant state of worry. In workplaces across the country, employees informally gathered after official meetings, trying to decipher what their leaders had shared and what information they’d held back. If the larger implications of the recession were abstract and theoretical, the possibility of layoffs felt very real. 

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Topics: hr, trauma

Voting Leave Compliance

Posted by Anchor Staff on Oct 25, 2022 6:15:45 AM

Election Day is almost here, so as an employer, now is a good time to brush up on voting leave laws.

Most states require that employers provide at least a few hours off to vote, and many of those require at least some of that time off to be paid. The advance notice that may be required from employees is often minimal, so employers should be prepared to grant last-minute requests to leave work to vote.

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Topics: hr

Can we ask employees not to sleep in the office on their lunch break?

Posted by Anchor Staff on Oct 25, 2022 12:29:29 AM

Question: We have discovered an employee has been sleeping during lunch breaks. Can we ask employees not to sleep in the office during their lunch break (or any other unpaid break)?

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Topics: hr

7 Steps to Improve Employee Performance through Performance Reviews

Posted by Anchor Staff on Oct 8, 2022 6:15:00 AM

 

Many businesses recognize that their most important asset for success is their employee base. Unfortunately, one crucial step in managing and strengthening that asset is often overlooked. In the face of constant competitive pressures, companies often do not utilize completely the employee performance review process.

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Topics: leadership, teams, employers, employees, hr

The Performance Evaluation Cycle

Posted by Anchor Staff on Oct 8, 2022 6:00:00 AM

 

Many people look forward to annual performance reviews the way they look forward to oil changes and tune-ups. Sure, these are standard operating procedures, but they can be a hassle and they could reveal bad news. As a result, performance reviews are often done poorly. They’re treated as an afterthought and rushed when the time comes. Or they’re not done at all.

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Topics: leadership, teams, employers, employees, hr

HR’s Role in a Recession

Posted by Anchor Staff on Sep 26, 2022 2:24:25 AM

The prospect of a recession has many businesses and their employees worried. During an extended economic decline, sales drop, jobs disappear, and productivity decreases. Companies have less revenue to invest, and their customers have less money to spend. With their lives shaken by financial instability, people are more motivated to play it safe and less inclined to take risks.

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Topics: hr

Question: Can we cut a performance improvement plan short if the employee's performance issues have gotten substantially worse?

Posted by Anchor Staff on Aug 17, 2022 1:31:32 PM

Answer:  In general, yes. When an employee is on a performance improvement plan (PIP), and their performance has not improved and has, in fact, gotten worse, it is perfectly reasonable to cut the timeframe of the PIP short and move forward with further disciplinary action, including termination. Unless it’s written to say otherwise—and it absolutely shouldn’t be—a PIP is not a guarantee of employment for the duration of the plan. It shouldn’t alter the at-will employment relationship.

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Topics: hr, Performance

How do we handle leave paperwork when the employee needing leave is incapacitated or unable to be reached directly?

Posted by Anchor Staff on May 30, 2022 11:15:13 AM
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Topics: hr

Four Ways to Make Terminations Less Stressful

Posted by Anchor Staff on May 30, 2022 10:11:13 AM

In the 2009 movie Up in the Air, George Clooney and Anna Kendrick play corporate downsizers—HR consultants that companies across the country hire to terminate employees for them. The practice wasn’t exactly common at the time, and fortunately never took off, but it was believable.

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Topics: hr, termination