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Employee Relations Tip Of The Month

Em-Power To The People!

Work is most motivating to employees when they have a say in determining how it gets done. Besides being more motivating, it’s also more developmental for employees when they are allowed to bring their own experience and expertise to bear on a situation.

When employees are clear about the goal and desired results you’re after, you’ll get their best thinking and effort by empowering them with the autonomy and authority to decide how to achieve it. As the 28th U.S. President, Woodrow Wilson, once said, “I not only use all the brains I have, but all I can borrow.”

Here are some specific actions you can take now to increase engagement by providing your employees with greater autonomy and authority:

1. Identify a project to delegate to members of your team. Meet with these individuals and communicate what you expect from them. For example, what does

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INK: June 24, 2010

inkquill22 INK: June 24, 2010 Labor Relations INK

In this issue:

• EFCA Update • Nurses Union Wants Its Cake, And to Eat It To! • Political At Heart • SEIU Watch, ER Tip-Of-The-Month, Scoreboard, and more…

EFCA Update

Blanche Lincoln INK: June 24, 2010Just as some are discussing the Employee Free Choice Act “obituary” after Big Labor lost their political battle in Arkansas (over Blanche Lincoln), the political wheels in Washington just keep on turning, churning out additional ways to benefit unions.

As we reported, the NLRB floated a request for input on setting up a remote, electronic-voting procedure for NLRB elections.

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Employee Relations Tip-Of-The-Month

employee relations Employee Relations Tip Of The MonthOne very effective way to improve employee relations is by showing appreciation for a job well done. In fact, some studies suggest that the number one thing many employees look for in a job is to receive appreciation when they do good work.

Unfortunately, many managers or supervisors are quick to criticize employee mistakes, but slow to give praise. When delegating work activities to employees, or providing them with performance coaching or feedback, telling them “thank you” when the job is done costs nothing but a moment of your time. Practicing this behavior consistently will reap huge benefits for your organization in the long run.

Hat Tip to Eric Vanetti of Vantage Point Alliance.

Balancing Act

Research indicates that being flexible around working hours helps create greater levels of employee commitment. Good managers are aware of this and are sensitive to employees’ personal needs and work/life balance. They try to accommodate employees when they have emergencies or special needs by allowing them to leave work early, or arrange flexible work schedules. These practices can be a powerful motivator for employees.

Here are some specific actions you can take now to increase engagement by helping your employees achieve a greater balance between their work and personal lives:

1. Allow one of your best performers to take time off as a reward for an outstanding job in completing an important project. Consider giving them an afternoon off, an extended lunch hour, or a bonus day of vacation if company policy allows. Talk to the employee about what would be most meaningful to him/her.

2. At an upcoming team

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INK: January 28, 2010

inkquill22 INK: January 28, 2010 Labor Relations INK

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In This Issue:

• Labor Relations Insight • EFCA Update • NLRB Playing Games • PLUS January  Scoreboard, Employee Relations Tip-Of-The-Month, and more…

Labor Relations Insight from Phil Wilson

Special Book Review: The Devil At My Doorstep

Devil Cover cropped INK: January 28, 2010“The Devil At My Doorstep” has a fascinating subtitle: “Protecting Employee Rights.”

That subtitle explains a lot about the book’s author, David Bego. More important, it explains a lot about why David Bego pulled off something that doesn’t happen as often as it should. He kicked the SEIU’s butt in an anti-corporate campaign. His book

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INK: December 22, 2009

inkquill22 INK: December 22, 2009 Labor Relations INK

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In This Issue:holly INK: December 22, 2009

• EFCA Update • British Airways’ Christmas Gift • Aggressive New Labor Giant Takes First Steps • PLUS December Scoreboard, Employee Relations Tip-Of-The-Month, and more…

EFCA Update

As the year comes to an end, the Employee Free Choice Act sits simmering on a back-burner, awaiting a Congress that is intent on passing some type of healthcare reform before Christmas. Our sources in Washington are saying that as January rolls around, so will the EFCA.

There is still no firm idea as to what type of compromise may actually be proposed. Apparently, all of the trial

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INK: November 12, 2009

inkquill22 INK: November 12, 2009 Labor Relations INK

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In This Issue:

• Insight from Phil Wilson • EFCA Update • Boeing Moves To Escape Unions • UAW Leadership Runs Aground At Ford • and more…

Labor Relations Insight from Phil Wilson

Guest Commentary by Don Wilson

November 2, 2010, a day that could live in infamy. That is the date of the next election to determine the composition of the 112th Congress. This is the Congress that will almost certainly determine the future of labor management relations for years to come. By the time this Congress takes office the future of health care will probably be resolved one way or the other. The recovery will be

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INK: October 22, 2009

inkquill22 INK: October 22, 2009 Labor Relations INK

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In This Issue:

• EFCA Update • Becker Appointment Controversy • Rules, What Rules? • PLUS October Scoreboard, Employee Relations Tip-Of-The-Month, and more…

EFCA Update

0908 unionstudies coercion INK: October 22, 2009Not much movement on the Employee Free Choice Act front, other than continued posturing by both sides. The U.S. Chamber released a new white paper debunking union studies on employer coercion. You can download the “Union Studies on Employer Coercion Lack Credibility and Integrity” here, and download all the Chamber papers on the subject here. Christopher Prandoni from the Alliance for

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INK: October 8, 2009

inkquill22 INK: October 8, 2009 Labor Relations INK

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In This Issue:

•    Insight from Phil Wilson •    EFCA Update •    ACORN Corruption Ties With Unions And Politics •    SEIU Watch •    and more…

Labor Relations Insight from Phil Wilson

The Positive Workplace

I haven’t changed my email signature in years. It is a quote from an economist, Ernst Schumacher. He says: “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex and more violent.  It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction.” I love that quote.

Now if you know me you already know that I’m not touched with genius (heck, I’m not even that intelligent of a fool…),

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INK: September 24, 2009

inkquill22 INK: September 24, 2009 Labor Relations INK

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In This Issue:

• EFCA Update • Turmoil Behind the Scenes • Divisive Rhetoric • PLUS September Scoreboard, Employee Relations Tip-Of-The-Month, and more…

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EFCA Update

efca now INK: September 24, 2009“I would just caution you to not take great comfort in the current eye of the storm and recognize that the Category Five is still forming.” Marriott Executive VP David Rodriquez warned American businesses not to be lulled into a false sense of security as the debate over health care reform has stolen

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