Holiday Party or HR Nightmare?

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“It’s just a party where our staff can let their hair down! Don’t take it so seriously! The hot tub will be fine.” Not long ago that was the holiday party sentiment. Companies wanted a festive atmosphere where the employees and management could get together socially and enjoy each other. Today, employers know better. They […]

Management and Mini-Golf

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I’ve never been much of a golfer.   I remember my dad telling me he wished he had played more golf.  So a few years ago when I drove past a mini-golf course on the way to pick up him from summer camp, I decided I was going to surprise my son with a quick […]

How To Fire An Employee

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Written by Courtney Berg “You’re fired!”  Those words became a joke when they were shouted on a popular reality TV show.  The reality is, however, that when you fire an employee, it has enormous impact.  Firing someone cannot be taken lightly.  Not only does it have a financial and emotional impact on the employee and […]

How To Document Employee Performance Problems

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Written by Courtney Berg Many times when managers come to HR professionals and say they want to terminate an employee, HR asks if they have any documentation about the issue.  That is typically when management rolls their eyes and grumbles something under their breath about HR being difficult and always saying “no”. The question about […]

How To Fire An Employee – Part II

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Written by Courtney Berg Last week I talked about how to terminate an employee in my blog How To Fire An Employee.  This week, I want to cover the logistical steps to take after you have had the termination conversation with the employee. Once you have told the employee they are being terminated and you […]