HR Support on Employee Relations and Morale

Editor's Note: Maintain sound employee-employer relationships to promote productivity.

Marta MoakleyOverview: 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.

Author: Marta Moakley, JD, Legal Editor

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HR guidance on the legal risks and benefits regarding employee relations programs.