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By Rick Bell In my opinion, the original British version of The Office is far superior to its American counterpart, in large part because David Brent is so much more cringe-worthy than Michael Scott.
I thought I’d start the week off with a little humor (and a little lesson), care of David Brent, via one of the most awkward employee terminations ever.
This meeting violates one of the cardinal rules of terminating an employee:
Don’t debate the decision or supply a lengthy explanation.
If you have previously communicated to an employee documented performance issues, there is no point in rehashing them at termination. It accomplishes nothing and …read more
By Rick Bell There’s a finality to the concrete definition of retirement. It’s the conclusion of one part of a person’s life and the commencement of the next, the solid boundary separating work and rest, a figurative brick wall marking a definite point between an employee’s and retiree’s timeline.
That brick wall has crumbled in recent years prompting an impassioned debate over who is responsible for life beyond the workplace. For decades, many employees retired to a generous pension thanks to paternalistic employers. But with trends like the gig economy, changing family structure and employers demanding that workers take control of their financial future, …read more
Employers from over 40 countries will soon be able to post jobs and receive applications through Facebook, the company announced. The global expansion to countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Italy, Spain and the U.K. will cut into the traditional job board market, especially reducing posts from small and local businesses. …read more
Dazzled by the power of cloud-based offerings, by Big Data, by all that tech can do, we don’t always see clearly. We chase shiny objects and buzzy, trendy terms. But we also must make good choices. There are so many options, but what do we really need? …read more
The massive Tax Cuts and Jobs Act could create an added financial burden for Americans living in California and other high-tax states, affecting how businesses pursue talent; it could even compel families to opt for states with lower taxes and significantly lower living costs. …read more
HR needs to be ready to investigate if it suspects an employee is the perpetrator of domestic violence. …read more
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