Entries by Tracey Chantry

No Love: 9 Ways to Completely Fail at Employee Recognition

We’re all familiar with the benefits of employee recognition. When employees feel valued, they’re more engaged, more motivated, and more likely to go the extra mile for their company (just to name a few). But despite knowing the impact it can have on employee morale and business success; some companies still completely fail at employee recognition. […]

Tips for Better Email Messages

Email is an essential business communication tool due to its speed, ease of use and its inherent means to create documentation.  There are also considerable disadvantages to using email (e.g. its impersonal nature and its power to create miscommunication) which should be considered when determining which communication method to use. Sending or receiving ill-conceived or […]

No Drama! How to Create a Drama-Free Workplace

What workplace drama really looks like. Drama, drama, drama! The woman who spends half the day polling officemates whether her boyfriend loves her. The man who has a conniption every time a client does something funky. The employees who come in complaining about each other every day, like five-year-olds on a nightmare play date. Drama comes […]

Should Your Managers Interview Candidates?

Do you ever wish you could be a fly on the wall to hear the interview questions your managers ask?  Many human resource professionals live in fear of their hiring managers asking a question that could lead to a discrimination charge, or making a promise that can’t be kept.  Spending a little time to train […]

Employee vs. Independent Contractor

Determining if a worker is an employee or an independent contractor is often confusing to employers. Establishing the right classification is crucial for organizations to comply with the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The US Department of Labor (DOL), Wage/Hour Division developed an “Administrator’s Interpretation” to guide employers about the differences between an employee […]

Working Better Together

How many times have you worked with people who just don’t understand you, or you do not relate to them?  Isn’t it easier sometimes to work with people who are just like us?  Yet if we were all the same, that would not be best for our organizations (or even for us, if we are […]

HR Basics: Are Holiday Gifts Taxable?

QUESTION: As the holidays are approaching, we are looking for ideas for employee gifts. If we give gift cards or gift certificates, will they be taxable to the employee? What about hams and turkeys? ANSWER: Anything that equates to giving cash must be considered taxable income for the employee. This includes gift cards, gift certificates […]