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What Happens When You DON'T Deal with Slackers Right Away?

By Jeana Quigley

If you work on a team, you know if someone isn’t pulling their weight. So does everyone else. You may not talk about it. You’re probably not making a beeline to the boss’ office to tattle tale. After all, we’re adults. You try not to let it bug you. But you’re putting in extra time and picking up the work your slacker should be doing. And when your team still succeeds...

Where Can HR Add the Most Value?

By Jeana Quigley

If you’ve worked for both small and large companies, it’s easy to see the differences. For one thing, small companies require a lot of flexibility. One day you could be doing one thing, then doing something completely different the next, but you feel part of everything. In a larger company, chances are your role is more specialized.. From an HR perspective, small companies probably req...

7 Ways in Which Employment Screening Can Improve Your Company's Success

By Michael Klazema

If your company isn't already screening prospective employees with background checks, then it needs to be. Adding background checks to your hiring process is one of the most effective things you can do to improve your company's success and protect your business assets. These types of screenings aren't just important because everyone else is doing them—though, in today's business world, pre-e...

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Organizational structure can be underlying cause of workplace issues

By Joan Lloyd

Organizational structure, much like a human skeletal structure, determines what shape an organization will take. We don't spend much time thinking about our skeletal structure until something breaks, and so it goes with organizations. How an organization is structured basically means how the reporting relationships and work teams are organized. It reveals a great deal about the culture, function a...

A Hard Look at the Soft Stuff

By Janine Moon

With some clarity I remember hearing my Mother say, "That's why they call it work!" The comment usually was in response to a complaint about a seemingly difficult or distasteful task. Work, then, became synonymous with anything but play. Always difficult, and something to be suffered. While I've since discovered that "fun work" or "engaging work" is not an oxymoron, many workers have not. The res...

What questions can employers legally ask?

By Nick Reddin

Question: What questions can employers legally ask? When dealing with background checks, are there limits to how far back they can go? Are they just looking for felonies or misdemeanors too? I hate answering these questions. I am in the process of getting an assault charge cleared from 12 years ago that was a false charge to begin with. This is a great question that a lot o...

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Successful Managers Don't Hold On To Information - They Share It!

By Andrew Rondeau

It has been said, "If you give, you shall receive". This saying is often used to refer to giving of your time, your effort, your money or other material things before you can reasonably expect to receive any of these things from others. All of these things can be very valuable, but one of the most powerful things to share, and also one of the easiest, is thoughts and ideas. When we consider shari...

Younger workers less loyal to corporations

By Chattanooga Times Free Press

After four years of surviving plant closings and work-related moves in her job with General Motors, Gail Dawson decided to leave the company and pursue a master's degree in business administration. Her father thought that was a crazy idea. "My father was born in 1928, and he believed that - if you're lucky - you go to college, come out, get with a good company and stay there your entire career," s...

Employers must manage workers with divergent attitudes, habits

By Chattanooga Times Free Press

On her computer screen at work, Ruth Garren has a calendar counting down the days until her 65th birthday in June - the day she will retire after 28 years with McKee Foods. In a cubicle 30 feet away, 23-year-old Erin North is settling into her new job as a communications specialist for the company. They are bookends in a trend that is redefining the American workplace where, for the first time, fo...