Posted on 24 Oct 06
A recent study conducted by Watson Wyatt Worldwide study found that companies with employees that trust their managers generate financial returns that are twice those of companies with low integrity levels. How do companies build trust?
By translating corporate values into behaviors, and training all employees on those behaviors.
By ensuring that leaders behave consistently with core values.
By ensuring that leaders communicate in ways that support core values.
By ensuring that employees feel they are involved in decisions.
In order for employees to feel their managers and supervisors are trustworthy, they have to feel that there is fairness and consistency. The Indiana Chamber and the Indiana law firm of Baker & Daniels have published a new guide that will provide your employees with consistent steps to take with employees, suggestions for advising employees in a legally sound manner and much more. It includes:
properly documenting in all instances;
conducting interviews that are advantageous as well as non-discriminatory;
handling employee discipline and discharge in a manner that protects the company from possible future litigation;
dealing with employee drug and alcohol issues;
handling situations pertaining to property theft;
knowing when an accommodation is necessary for an employee with a disability; and what is required to accommodate the disability;
knowing how to conduct an employee review that is beneficial to both the employee and the employer and that avoids discriminating issues;
dealing with employee requests for time off (including personal leave, vacation, FMLA, etc.) and re-employment;
understanding workplace harassment issues and how supervisors can be held personally responsible for an employees discomfort;
recognizing potential issues of violence in the workplace, prevent them and deal with them;
understanding employee pay requirements – including what overtime has to be paid, time clocks and other wage issues;
knowing how to handle reductions in force;
communicating with unions and understand their legal rights, including how to deal with organizing campaigns;
providing legally sound employee references and service letters; and
understanding unemployment compensation issues.
The new Supervisors Handbook: A Quick Reference Guide to Employment Issues for the Indiana Supervisor covers all of these topics. This time-saving publication is a great reference or training tool for all Indiana supervisors. The cost of one guide is $79. If you order 2-5 copies, you will only pay $69 each. If you order 6-9 copies, you will only pay $59 each. And, if you order 10 or more copies, you will only pay $49 each. Indiana Chamber members will receive a 25% discount on these prices (and on all compliance publications and posters).
To order, call (800) 824-6885 or (317) 264-6885. A complete description and table of contents is provided for all guides at www.indianachamber.com.
For more information about the services of Jack Fries, visit the Fries & Fries Consulting website.