The live broadcast of two workplace-related murders in Virginia last month brought the dangers of volatile employees into clear and horrifying focus.
"But it was just a joke!"
It used to be obvious. The new suit worn to work. Someone running to the copy machine to grab that resume they just printed. The hushed phone calls.
It happens in almost every company, large and small. There are the rules in the employee handbook. And then there are the rules everyone uses day to day to operate the business. Unfortunately. the two are often very different.
It never ends, does it? Those endless rounds of budget cuts. And employee training seems to always be in the cross-hairs.
Quick. Define workplace harassment. Done? Would it surprise you to know that almost everyone reading this post would have a different definition of harassment?
There's so much you want new employees to know about your company and their new roles. But sometimes the really important information can get lost amid a hundred tiny details and short term bits of information.
With a promotion to the role of supervisor, comes many things: a larger paycheck, usually a shift from hourly to salaried wages, and more management responsibilty. Most people understand those changes. But what new supervisors are often not prepared to handle is conflict.
In today's increasingly decentralized workforce, the old concept of employees filing into a training room has become increasingly out of step with reality. Today's employees are as likely to be on the other side of the globe, or working anything but standard 9-5 hours, as they are to be in...