Overview: Employers should adopt a constructive employee relations strategy in order to promote productivity within the workplace. Implementing customized policies and procedures that address employee behavior and foster communication, such as a progressive discipline policy or the creation of employee action plans, will promote the organization's long term viability and prosperity. Having set organizational objectives and communicating those to employees prior to enforcing work rules, conducting performance appraisals or taking disciplinary action will improve employee-employer relations. In addition to addressing misconduct or performance deficiencies, employers need to focus on recognizing and rewarding top performers and their contributions to the employer's business goals.
Trends: Federal and state whistleblower programs are flourishing within the current enforcement landscape. Employees and former employees of regulated or public employers have reaped large bounties as a result of reporting organizational misconduct. Employers should seek to build a culture of integrity within the workplace in order to foster trust and collaboration among employees, supervisors and regulators.
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Certain localities have laws that prohibit discrimination against transgender, transsexual or cross-dressing employees in the workplace. To effectively prevent discrimination against transgender, transsexual or cross-dressing employees, employers should follow the steps in this How To.
A properly managed employee suggestion program can improve morale, increase productivity, cut costs and raise retention rates. The employee comments program must have the proper management support and reward structure to engage employees or it will not be successful. If employers decide to create an employee comments program, it is wise to adhere to the steps in this How To.
Whistleblowing is the act of informing an employer, government agency or other authority about fraud, misconduct or other illegal acts occurring in an organization. With proper procedures in place, an employer can create an environment of integrity that allows employees' concerns to be addressed, well in advance of employees reporting their concerns to an external entity. To promote integrity in the workplace and avoid the need for external whistleblowing, employers should take the steps in this How To.
HR guidance on the legal risks and benefits regarding employee relations programs.
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