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How Important Is Sticking to Job Descriptions?

April 10, 2014
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What is the protocol when our executive team requests salaried employees to perform work outside their job description? It is a situation that has occurred before, resulting in some salaried workers having to work weekends/off days to keep up with their regularly described duties. Job duties of a salaried employee often are fluid, but would it be better for us simply to abandon job descriptions? I wonder about things like employee burnout, turnover, stress levels and engagement.

— Concerned VP, energy/utilities, Newfoundland


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Is Obesity the Same as a Green Mohawk?

February 24, 2014
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Don't take appearance into account when making employment decisions. Hiring and firing should be image-blind, performance-only decisions.
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Accuracy Counts in Drafting Job Descriptions

December 19, 2013
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Job descriptions not only help establish reasonable expectations for what you expect from your employees in a position, but it also helps set a baseline for what you do, or do not, have to reasonably accommodate.
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What Are Some Best Practices for Rewriting Job Descriptions?

July 10, 2013
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We are in the process of rewriting job descriptions. What are some effective ways to do this without causing undue alarm? Are there a specific set of steps that companies should follow when tackling this project? And are there any good evaluation tools to assess how effective/complete our descriptions are? —New Definitions, OD administrator, health care, Scottsdale, Arizona
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How Do We Determine Employees Who Exceed Expectations? (Revised January 15, 2013)

December 3, 2012
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What are ways that we can determine who our company's top performers are? —Taking Stock, wholesale trade, Seattle
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Telecommuting as a Reasonable Accommodation

August 7, 2012
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As a recent case points out, telecommuting as a reasonable accommodation remains the exception, not the rule.
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Employee Bonuses Driven By Customer Loyalty at General Motors

June 8, 2012
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For 2012, salaried workers in North America will get a year-end bonus if GM hits an internal customer-retention goal. But it is inside GM's 650-person field sales division that the customer-centric pay structure probably reflects the most striking departure from GM's past.
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Military Veterans Finding a Niche Among Auto Dealers

April 5, 2012
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Not only can dealers get one-time tax credits ranging from $2,400 to $9,600 for hiring veterans, but recruiters and dealers say many veterans have attributes that make them strong job candidates.
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How to Find the Right IT Help

March 30, 2012
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Is outsourcing your IT upkeep right for your company—and if so, how can you find the right consultant? Here are some key questions to consider.
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Coca-Cola Unit Sued for Alleged Racial Discrimination

March 20, 2012
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The lawsuit charges that the 16 plaintiffs 'have suffered from the worst of its ills in terms of biased work assignments and allotment of hours, unfair discipline and retaliation, and a caustic work environment.'
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