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Contingent Overcompliance

July 13, 2012
Excessive fear regarding the misclassification of workers and resulting liability can lead organizations to distance themselves unnecessarily from contractors and temps. The result is bad for both companies and contingents.
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How Do We Get People to Work Overtime?

June 28, 2012
Aside from a few people, we have a horrific time getting employees to work overtime. We have to practically beg for volunteers. We're considering a rotating schedule of mandatory on-call weeks in which the entire workforce shares the inconvenience of pulling extra hours. Would this work? What else could we try? —Frazzled in HR, software/systems, Knoxville, Tennessee
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Arms-Length Embrace

June 18, 2012
Why companies have to love their contingents, not just abide by the law and use them to cut labor costs.
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Know When to Fish and When to Cut Bait

June 11, 2012
Much like fishing, in dealing with marginally performing workers, employers must know when to fish and when to call it a day. And, much like our ship's captain, you usually don't quit at the first sign of failure.
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How Do We Rebuild Trust Between Employers and Managers?

June 5, 2012
We have a department that has gone through many changes and managers during the past five years. The level of trust in the department from employees to managers is at an all-time low. This has led to miscommunication, lower productivity and workers' compensation issues. How do we open up the lines of communication and clear the air? —Choking on Mistrust, human resources manager, hospitality, Honolulu
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