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Networking with your colleagues is a good resource to help solve your HR dilemmas -- networking with the experts is a GREAT resource. Learn from the input of the experts on issues and topics in this complete archive of questions and answers. Do you have an HR question? Just ask by emailing editors@workforce.com.

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How Does the Vesting Requirement Relate to Disability?

November 13, 2015

I have a question regarding the 1,000-hour vesting/participation requirement related to disability: Employee A works 400 hours as an active (regular) employee. At that point, the employee gets a temporary disability (because of nonwork related activities) and no longer performs work, but is not terminated and remains an employee. In this case, does the 1,000-hour rule get waived since there is a disability? Or does it stay in place since there was no termination event? Thanks for any help/insight.

—Counting the Hours, assistant controller, construction trades, Rancho Dominguez


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How Do We Know if Employees Are Motivated to Work Remotely?

November 13, 2015

About one-third of our 650 employees work remotely from home offices. As a result, hiring people who are self-starters is important. What is the best way to assess whether a candidate has the initiative to work with minimal supervision? Are there any tools that could help us?

—Unmotivated Need Not Apply, quality control specialist, software/services, Fort Lauderdale, Florida


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How Should Supervisors Deal With Open Door Policies?

November 3, 2015

How should first-line supervisors deal with an agency head who continually encourages subordinates to bypass their supervisors in making reports about employee performance, work relations, and/or operations? Speaking to this agency head has already been tried and failed. This encouragement comes in the form of an "open door" policy, enabling behavior such a listening instead asking them to address with their supervisor first, and even sometimes via direct instructions to do so.

—Frustrated and Discouraged, government, Phoenix


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How Do We Reward Employees With Flat Pay?

November 3, 2015

Aside from restarting raises, how else could we reward employees whose pay has been relatively flat during the past several years?

—Money Isn't Everything, staff development, hospitality and travel, Washington, D.C.


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How Do We Pinpoint Succession Weak Spots?

October 13, 2015

We have some departments that are better equipped for succession than others. Ours is a Fortune 500 company in a dynamic, regulated industry. How do we pinpoint our weak spots and begin to make succession an integrated component of our strategic planning? We’re stymied on first principles for getting started.

—The Future Is Passing Us By, pharmaceuticals, Philadelphia


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What’s the Best Way to Create an Executive Coaching Model?

October 13, 2015

Our executive team wants to create executive coaching model. Which ingredients should be included to ensure we build the best methodology? The goal is to start at the top and trickle mentoring downward to our front-line managers, supervisors, etc.

—View From the Top, data processing/IT, Santa Clara, California


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