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MANAGING STAFF

Want to jump ahead of the competition? Get everybody aiming for the same thing

No matter what the business, the winning players are always organizations with a motivated and productive workforce…


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EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

Some FMLA questions on using vacation time and counting to 50

Here are three questions on the Family and Medical Leave Act.
They are answered by Morganville, NJ, management consultant…


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READER TIPS

‘Favorites’ list source of popular employee awards

When Audrey M. Serban gives her staff members rewards for work done well, she can be sure the reward is…


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READER TIPS

A self evaluation plus a quiz on the handbook

A New Jersey office has increased staff morale as well as performance with an online…


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DIVERSITY IN THE WORKPLACE

Survey examines diversity in New Jersey at work and at home

New Jersey is known as a diverse state, but how diverse is the experience of the average New Jersey working adult, at work and at home? How much do employers value diversity? And with heated college campus debates on race relations, and a Presidential campaign replete with provocative rhetoric about immigrants and Muslims, how respectful are language environments at…


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COMPLIANCE

Electronic cigarettes: why your firm needs a “vaping” policy now

Your employment policies address cigarettes, and so you think you have the smoking issue covered. Well, think again. Electronic cigarettes have created new challenges for employers.
Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, first became available in the United States in 2006 and have grown in popularity. Designed to look like cigarettes, they are battery-powered devices, usually made of plastic or metal, that convert liquid nicotine into a mist, or vapor that the user inhales. The liquid nicotine is often flavored and the vapor produced resembles smoke.
How popular are e-cigarettes? Popular enough to spawn the terms “vaper,” for a smoker, and “vaping,” for the act of…

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MANAGING THE OFFICE

New Jersey manager turns time clocks and layoffs into staff benefits

As the saying goes, “you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.” And a manager in a large legal practice in New Jersey did just that to avert disaster in two situations.
The first potential disaster was the addition of a time clock.
The practice merged with another group, and with the merger came the decision that all staff should keep the same hours. Before then, it was up to each staffer’s individual boss to mind the hours, and some of the bosses were not sticklers for punctuality. Thus came the introduction of the clock. And nobody liked it.
So with no announcement at all, the manager started…

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