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<i>Dear Workforce</i> How We Adjust To Open-Landscape Office Plans

February 20, 2003
Our inside sales organization just recently moved from closed offices to open landscape. Most employees have adjusted and are enjoying the increased collaboration. Management is having difficulty with it, however. We have designated privacy rooms, but then everyone’s aware when there’s a private meeting. How can we raise morale among our management team to make this new arrangement work?
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> How Can I Minimize FMLA Costs

January 22, 2003
As I see it, the only way to minimize the cost of FMLA is to 1) maintain the right number of trained employees to minimize the impact of a critical employee taking unplanned FMLA; 2) manage FMLA by the book so that only employees who qualify for it can get it; and 3) know your critical employees and pre-plan your company response to an unplanned loss under different scenarios. Have I missed other ways of minimizing the cost of FMLA?
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