Avoid Workplace Defamation Claims by Using Workforce Management

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And they said documentation was boring… Workforce lawsuits come in a variety of flavors, but most employers don’t anticipate that firing an employee for poor attendance can turn into a defamation claim. For example, although a manager states in his defense that he fired an employee for tardiness, the employee could contest that it was due to discrimination (sex, age, ethnicity, medical condition, etc.). Employers using workforce management systems could have some defense, however.

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Is It Really about Talent Retention?

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With the incessant chatter around preserving our talent, we forgot to retain their attention. A recent Gallup Poll states that in 2014 we only engaged about 3 in 10 people at work.[1] The heart of the retention conversation certainly focuses on keeping top talent, but in practice, businesses base turnover metrics on the average, not the top percentile. So is it really about just keeping the talent we have, or is it more about better engaging those resources?

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Why It Isn’t Easy to Change Pay Policies

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A plant without roots is easily re-potted; any labor negotiator would likely agree. Recently, we saw IBM quickly reverse their Uber reimbursement policy, which should come as no surprise. It was frivolous—not rooted to any cause or reason—so it was easily plucked from its plot. A slightly embarrassing moment for IBM perhaps, but the blush will soon fade. This is not the case for more intrinsic corporate policies.

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Training Turns Jobs into Careers

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They say 40 per cent of employees who receive poor job training leave their positions within the first year. This is according to a recent study here.

Even if that’s an outlandish or incorrect statistic, it brings up an interesting point: if people don’t feel proficient in their role, they leave. We tend to focus on the other side of the argument—from the employer perspective—that if people aren’t trained, they just aren’t productive. This also has a cost, but a less engaged employee may be less costly than a lost employee. Keeping your best employees happy means providing them with more than a paycheck. They want and need a career path.

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Why Even Astronauts Need Good Schedules

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“Life in space is so complicated that a lot of logistics have to be off-loaded to the ground if astronauts are to actually do anything substantive.” And one the most time-consuming logistics is scheduling. Just to build the schedule for the U.S. side of the international space station requires a full-time team of 50 staffers.

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Who Else Tracks Workforce Data for Injury Prevention, Health, and Safety?

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There was an article on LinkedIn discussing employee risk prevention and vision problems specifically. It reminded us of our earlier work with Workforce Asset Management Book of Knowledge (WAMBOK), John Wiley and Sons 2013.

Look at your workforce data

The energy and manufacturing industries have long struggled with safety, risk, and fatigue management. They offer a variety of training and education programs, but tracking those alone is not enough. To be proactive in protecting our workforce, we need to look at our workforce data.

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