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Is That a REAL Rattlesnake? Personnel Files

[Author: Lesley Sifers, Tax Favored Benefits, Inc., 2010; R-2013 | Keywords: Human Resources, Personnel Files] When I was a kid, my dad played a trick on me with a little device made from a rubber band wound around a paper clip. He put this little gizmo in an envelope and told me to open it. As I… Read More »

Job Descriptions – Part 3: Valuable Tools or HR’s Headache?

[Author: Lesley Sifers, Tax Favored Benefits, Inc., 2012; R-2013 | Keywords: Human Resources, Recruiting, Job Description] In the August issue, I provided you with tips on how to collect and organize information about the positions in your company. Now, it is time to actually begin writing your job descriptions. Job descriptions should be uniform in appearance and… Read More »

Job Descriptions – Part 2: Valuable Tools or HR’s Headache?

[Author: Lesley Sifers, Tax Favored Benefits, Inc., 2012; R-2013 | Keywords: Human Resources, Job Description] In the last issue, I wrote about the many ways job descriptions can help you manage your business and the advantages of creating them. You must be very excited about beginning this project! Where do you begin?  Step #1: Identify the various… Read More »

Job Descriptions – Part 1: Valuable Tools or HR’s Headache?

[Author: Lesley Sifers, Tax Favored Benefits, Inc., 2012; R-2013 | Keywords: Human Resources, Job Description] To be honest, I HATE writing job descriptions. It’s a lot of work to collect the information, actually write the description properly, and “sell it” to employees and managers (in addition to reviewing them periodically to ensure they are up-to-date). However, in… Read More »

A Good Employment Policy Involves More Than Just Hiring

[Source: Federated Insurance Co., 2012; R-2013 | Keywords: Human Resources, Hiring] Business owners frequently ask, “What can I do to avoid a wrongful termination charge by an employee?” The easy answer: “Don’t hire the wrong person for the job.” The reality is, one day every business owner will face the unpleasant task of having to terminate an employee… Read More »

Substance Abuse in the Workplace — A Dangerous and Expensive Problem

[2012; R-2013 | Keywords: Human Resources, Substance Abuse Drugs and alcohol do not belong in the workplace. The numbers are staggering – drug abuse is estimated to cost U.S. employers nearly $276 billion a year. From lost productivity and injuries, to increased health insurance and workers compensation claims, employee alcohol and drug abuse is an… Read More »