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Fun in the Workplace

Carolyn Boyes - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

I have been enjoying the creativity of the Google team and what they have been doing with the Google letters recently – it’s been fun to see the focus on the World Cup and the letters playing soccer. One that made me LOL was yesterday when all the Google letters were sitting around a conference table in front of a big screen monitor. They were watching the World Cup – but when the boss would walk in, the screen quickly changed to a business related chart/graph!  …read more


 

I HATE MY JOB!

Carolyn Boyes - Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Have you said this to yourself lately? Or maybe you’ve even said it out loud?  …read more


 

Personal Use of Company Computer Systems and Personal Devices – does an employee have a right to privacy?

Carolyn Boyes - Monday, June 02, 2014

Your Human Resources Policy states that the Company computer systems and devices provided to employees are intended for business purposes and may be used only during work time. However, the policy goes on to state that limited personal use is permitted during non-work time (breaks, lunch) if it doesn’t hinder job performance or violate any other Company policy.  …read more


 

Personal Use of Company Computer Systems and Personal Devices

Carolyn Boyes - Thursday, May 15, 2014

Your Human Resources Policy states that the Company computer systems and devices provided to employees are intended for business purposes and may be used only during work time. However, the policy goes on to state that limited personal use is permitted if it doesn’t hinder job performance or violate any other Company policy.  …read more


 

Employee Handbook – Do We Need One?

Carolyn Boyes - Thursday, May 01, 2014

You are a small employer and have never had an employee handbook and don’t really see the need for one, right? You may want to re-think this philosophy. Although there are disadvantages to having an employee handbook, in general the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.  …read more


 

Baggage in the Workplace

Carolyn Boyes - Monday, April 21, 2014

We all have baggage. Some have unpacked that baggage and gone through it, but many have not. And even if you have unpacked and gone through it, you still have baggage. Let me be clear – when I say you’ve unpacked your baggage, I mean you or your insurance company has spent thousands of dollars working through your baggage with a licensed therapist. One result, if you went to a good therapist, is that you now have a lot less baggage to carry. You’ve worked through it and tossed a lot of it; you didn’t need it any longer. Another result is that for your remaining baggage you now have a better idea of what buttons push your baggage open.  …read more


 

Are You a Model Employee? Part II

Carolyn Boyes - Tuesday, April 08, 2014

In a recent blog I suggested that being a person of integrity gets you on the way to being a model employee. So what gets you the rest of the way there and keeps you there? Pure and simple, it’s your performance. Integrity influences your behaviors in the workplace. Your performance shows your ability to do to the job.  …read more


 

My Employee Has a Medical Condition, Part II

Carolyn Boyes - Friday, April 04, 2014

The approach I took in yesterday’s blog was for the most part the approach of protecting the company and the manager against legal risk. The politically correct answer. But here is my real opinion – the approach I wish we could get back to in our culture and in our work environment.  …read more


 

My Employee Has a Medical Condition, Part I

Carolyn Boyes - Thursday, April 03, 2014

Your direct report has just shared with you that they have been diagnosed with a serious medical condition, a life threatening condition. The employee then proceeds to tell you the diagnoses and all the details surrounding it. How do you handle this as a manager?  …read more


 

Are You a Model Employee?

Carolyn Boyes - Thursday, March 13, 2014

Merriam-Webster defines integrity as “the quality of being honest and fair; the state of being complete or whole; firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values.” Do you consider yourself a person of integrity?? Being a person of integrity has much to do with being a model employee. Employers must be able to trust their employees to be people of integrity.  …read more


 

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