Tag: employee conduct

Communication, Development & Evaluation

Viewpoint: A Trip Through the Politics-at-Work Minefield

October 13, 2022


Here’s the scene: You’re an HR professional, and you realize the 2022 midterm elections are less than a month away. You start thinking about how you can prevent the great political divide from becoming a great workplace divide. As you […]

Development & Evaluation, Employee development

How to Handle Employee Side Hustles

September 1, 2022


When an information technology specialist at Enertech began missing deadlines and sleeping at his desk, it was the first time in her lengthy HR career that Jennifer Weber had to put an employee on a performance improvement plan because of […]

Development & Evaluation, Employee development

Viewpoint: Why Stellar Performance Should Not Justify Toxic Behavior

July 28, 2022


Many organizations suffer from “rebel” top producers—sales executives, senior leaders and even family members of the owner who act with impunity, assuming they can do no wrong. Their logic typically follows a path like this: “I generate the most revenue […]

Communication, Development & Evaluation

The Smith-Rock Slap: HR to the Rescue!

April 1, 2022


Pretend you are the CHRO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and you’re attending the Oscars award ceremony along with the Academy’s CEO. You witness Oscar nominee Will Smith slap presenter Chris Rock, and you say to […]


Harassment Today

October 4, 2021


Jurors and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) are holding employers to higher standards in recent workplace harassment cases, according to experts speaking at the recent SHRM Annual Conference & Expo 2021. And the switch to remote work doesn’t mean […]

Workplace wellness

Introducing a New Theory of Workplace Pettiness

August 6, 2019


Pettiness, the word that is, dates back to the 14th century, and derives from petit or “small”, “minor” in Middle English/Old French. Today, we understand pettiness as a construct based on twentieth-century theories of motivation and personality informed by various […]

Communication, Software

Budgets, Performance Reviews Make Workplaces Ripe for Hostility

January 10, 2017


The end of one year and the start of another bring tasks that can cause friction in any workplace: Managers may have to deliver bad news to employees during performance reviews; department heads may need to explain why they overspent […]

Research, Software

The Rock Star Candidate with a Checkered Past

December 28, 2016


Last month, Liberty University announced that it had hired as its new athletic director Ian McCaw, a former Baylor University athletic director who helped shape a football program that boasted a Heisman Trophy winner and two Big 12 championships. But […]