ARTICLES

The Importance of Documenting Performance

To begin, there is no reason not to document performance. From safeguarding the brand and the company, to workforce development and planning, documenting performance is vital to the success and safety of the organization. We realize that this is just one more process to add to the laundry list, but it is such an important one. While a consistent and outlined process is ideal, anything from handwritten notes, to formal performance reviews (signed by both parties of course) can work as relevant performance ...

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Determining Who Goes in a RIF

Those three little words—reduction in force—represent a pretty taboo subject in HR. Even more hush, hush is the topic of how to choose who goes. In the business of outplacement we’re here to take the stigma out of this particular topic. Reductions in force are part of business. Although we’re on a decent upswing from the recession, RIFs are still a common occurrence across the nation. Wells Fargo, the U.S.’s largest mortgage lender very recently announced the reduction in force of 2,300 employees from their mortgage division. Layoffs are a ...

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Why Wellness Programs Matter

Investing in the wellness of employees has a ripple effect on the entire company. Any time an organization makes a smart investment in their employees, that investment will come right back.Wellness programs are quickly being proven to be one of the most important tools that companies can offer employees. The physical and mental health of employees is of obvious importance. With health declining and associated costs on the rise, wellness programs are quickly taking center stage. According to a MediFit.com infographic, workplace wellness interventions ...

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You’re Fired! Sorry, You’re Too Hot

People are in an uproar about a recent court case involving an aid getting fired from her job because she was considered an “irresistible employee”. Melissa Nelson worked for James Knight for 10 years at an Iowa dentistry office when she was fired because of Knight’s feelings for her. Initially Nelson lost her sexual discrimination case on the grounds that she wasn’t fired based on her gender, but rather she was fired because of specific feelings that Knight had for her. Is this ...

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Making Reductions in Force (RIF) Sexy

Perhaps “sexy” is a stretch, but “bearable” would definitely get fewer reads. It’s one of the more taboo subjects in HR, layoffs. Looking back, I’m still not sure if I was crazy to get into the outplacement business. No one wants to talk about it, no one wants to address this pretty common part of the HR world. Maybe that’s why. Outplacement takes the nastiest part of the HR business and makes it…sexy bearable. As we steadily make our way out of ...

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