You ever feel like there is a tug of war between the employee and you, the employer? Often, an employee's ideas and efforts to bring value to an organization don't necessarily align with the employer’s organizational goals or objectives. Sometimes, what the employee needs is very different from what the employer expects. That’s where HR becomes a critical piece to this puzzle. HR can use this as an opportunity to make vast cultural changes to your organization.
How do I know when and if I can terminate someone?
Of course, one of the number one questions that I receive whenever I am speaking with a small or medium-sized employer is… when can I terminate this person? Usually by the time I have received this question the employee has become so much of a problem that the employer can no longer even justify why keeping him or her on staff is critical. The best way for me to answer this question is really, unfortunately, with a question. And that question is: Where is the employee in achieving the action plan that you set during their most recent disciplinary or performance review conversation?
Have you ever had someone ask you what’s your role at your company and you struggle to come up with just one title? You know, you're kind of like, “Oh, I handle operations, finances, and HR... and I dabble in marketing a tad, but my primary role is overseeing accounts payable and receivable”. I know it sounds funny, but I bet it sounds familiar! In fact, for most small business owners or management team members this is 100% the case!
How many times have you asked yourself, "Why do I have to complete these employee evaluations every six months to a year?" Do you feel overwhelmed by the excessive amount of time you spend completing them? Do you get the performance review blues when it's that time of the year? If so, sit back and ask yourself, "Why am I doing these and why are they so important?" Have you found yourself in this situation?
If you own a business or manage a group of employees, then you know that any given day you can deal with multiple types of personalities. Often this difficult task turns into a guessing game. You may think to yourself that you know how an employee will respond to feedback, but you may not know how to best communicate that feedback with them! Did you know that you can have your employees take a “test” and it will tell you which personality profile they are? What exactly does this mean?