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How Do We Make a Supervisor Deal With a Problem Employee?

June 30, 2014
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We have a problem that needs resolution right away. One of our supervisors avoids dealing with a problem employee, who tends to bully others into accepting his ideas and resists collaborating with his co-workers. Each time a complaint is brought forward, this supervisor buries his head in the sand. What kind of training or intervention should we provide? How do we raise this delicate issue?

— Intimidated by the Problem, human resources specialist, nonprofit, Washington, D.C.


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How Do We Get Our ESOP Plan Started?

June 17, 2014
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My company wants to start an employee stock ownership plan, or ESOP, that defines a vesting year as being an actively employed participant on Dec. 31 of that year and you credited with at least 1,000 hours of employment. Should this include regular hours, overtime hours, and PTO hours? What else might we need to consider?
— ESOP Fable, financial/insurance/real estate, Des Moines, Iowa

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How Can I Create a Willingness to Learn Among My Employees?

June 17, 2014
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My company wants to enable employees and their reporting managers to take complete ownership of the learning process, from identifying learning objectives to figuring out the best way to learn. What are the ways I can create this 'willingness to learn' among employees so that they actually take ownership?

--Shared Responsibility, manufacturing production, Mumbai, India


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How Do We Adapt to Virtual Work?

May 30, 2014
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We have been doing research regarding virtual organizations — particularly related to training and the role that managers play. How we do get our organization to adapt/embrace this new way of working?


 — Changing World, assistant HR specialist, Port Elizabeth, South Africa


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How Do We Set Improvement Priorities?

May 30, 2014
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In our recent employee opinion survey, staff in the finance department identified rewards, recognition and career advancement as their top three concerns. Which area should we focus on improving first?

— Priority Setter, Utilities, South Carolina


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How Do We Acquire Contagious Leaders?

May 30, 2014
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How do we recruit (or groom) “contagious” leaders — people who spread their skills and develop more leaders? I know it won’t be easy, but give me some idea how to go about establishing this type of leadership culture.

— Leadership Sickness, Oil and Mining, Alabama


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How Do We Evaluate Social Learning Platforms?

May 12, 2014
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We have been moving slowly to integrate social learning in our LMS. We want to include tools that boost the nature of collaboration among our workers, especially among those who are stationed remotely. How do we evaluate social learning platforms to find the best match? How heavily should we rely on employee feedback?

 — Socializing at Work, vice president of talent, manufacturing, New York


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What Do You Do When an Employee Fails a Background Check?

May 12, 2014
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What are common practices that employers follow when a current employee turns up with a failed background check? What are some instances that would or should result in termination and what are some violations that could be deemed acceptable?

 — Background Noise, HR associate, software/systems, New York


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How Do We Plan for Succession With an Older Workforce?

May 12, 2014
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What is the best strategy for succession planning in an organization that is top-heavy with aging employees?

— Looking to the Future, senior corporate D&T adviser, energy, Abu Dhabi


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What’s the Ideal Breakdown for Recruiting Spending?

April 29, 2014
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How could we figure out an ideal percentage for allocating our recruitment spending? We presently spend about 30 percent of our recruiting budget on search functions, 25 percent on advertising, 35 percent on referrals, and 10 percent on boomerangs. Does this sound reasonable?

— Math Problem, HR manager, wholesale trade, India


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