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Do employees feel their work experiences are better if their managers take a personal interest in them?

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Personalizing the employee experience makes sense, whether it’s during an on-boarding process or even an interview but, the day-to-day interactions between managers and employees are crucial in this realm.  If a manager can personalize their communications so that they aren’t solely about the work that needs to get done, statistics…

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When is it appropriate to use a performance improvement plan (PIP) as opposed to a disciplinary action notice or a record of employee conversation?

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Performance improvement plans (PIPs) are best suited for performance issues, such as an employee not hitting their required sales goals or failing to complete projects on time. PIPs are put in place for a pre-determined period (often 90—120 days) and involve regular meetings to evaluate the employee’s progress. At the…

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Can I ask an employee if she’s pregnant?

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We recommend you not ask an employee if she’s pregnant. Generally, employers may not inquire about an employee’s private health information unless an employee has requested an accommodation or leave. It’s understandable that you will need to plan for her absence; however, pressuring her to notify you before she is…

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