Employee Issues

Your employees are a valuable resource and contribute mightily to your bottom line. There always are some employees, however, and some issues that can cause problems that might disrupt your business and adversely affect the bottom line. This week's articles focus on how to deal with those employees and how to avoid situations that could compromise your business.

Problem employees comprise a very small portion of the workforce yet manage to consume a disproportionate amount of HR and management's time and attention. (Item #1)     Here are some examples of employee relations issues that could lead to problems. (Item #2)     How can small businesses and HR professionals deal with employee personal issues? (Item #3)    

These undesirable employees- and their antics - can hurt your small business... there are ways of dealing with these difficult employees. (Item #4)     Here are 10 sure-fire ways to mess with your CISO and put your company's important information at risk! (Item #5)     There are some mistakes employers make that increase the odds of being subjected to employment-related lawsuits. (Item #6)    

As always, I look forward to hearing about your concerns with regard to business continuity. If there are any topics that you'd like to see covered, email me at bmellinger@attainium.net.

Bob Mellinger, President
Attainium Corp

1. Problem Employees

Problem employees seem to exist for the sole purpose of giving HR and management a headache. They are problem employees and they are everywhere. No organization is immune to them. At best, they are little more than time eaters who keep you from being as productive as you'd like. At worst, they can be a threat to the stability of your work environment.

2. Examples of Employee Relations Issues

Employee relations involves all aspects of an employee's relationship with an employer. Human resources personnel, managers and supervisors maintain this relationship by implementing employee policies that establish rules regarding performance, conduct, conflict of interest and discipline. Managing employee relations issues help employers correct inappropriate behavior, as well as promote a structured and productive workplace.

3. How to Deal with Employee Personal Issues in the Workplace

Every workplace has employees who have things going on outside of work. A sick child or family member, perhaps a struggling marriage, or financial problems. Maybe an employee is battling depression, alcoholism, or mental illness. Some workplaces know about problems, others sense it but don't know about it or have programs in place to help.

4. Employees That Can Endanger Your Small Business

As a small business owner, you need to observe the body language of all your employees. Act on any suspicious activity as soon as possible so that it can be nipped in the bud - and before these types of employees can harm your small business.

5. 10 Ways Employees Compromise Their Company's Cyber Security

In a perfect world, employees would have excellent cyber security habits and never put the company's network or data at risk. This isn't a perfect world, however, and the reality is employees do a lot of things that mess with a CISO's on-the-job sanity.

6. The Top 10 mistakes employers make that lead to employment-related litigation, and how to avoid them

Employers across the nation are served with lawsuits from former employees nearly every day. Examples of the wrongdoings former employees claim include that the termination was unlawful, that he or she was harassed, or that the employer failed to pay overtime. No matter the preventive steps taken by employers, they may still face lawsuits.

Quote of the Week:

"Start with good people, lay out the rules, communicate with your employees, motivate them and reward them. If you do all those things effectively, you can't miss."

-- Lee Iacocca

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