Turn meetings into relationship builders

Meetings tend to get a bad rap. People complain that they stir conflict and competition among co-workers and generally represent a waste of time. It doesn’t have to be that way. Ex­­ecu­­tive coach Mary Jo Asmus writes: “Meetings have the potential to be productive if we’re willing to shift our ideas to a broader definition of productivity. In addition to… Continue reading

What to Do When an Employee Cries at Work

There are lots of reasons someone might be upset at work, from the personal (divorce, illness, kid troubles) to the professional (a failed project, bad review, or nasty colleague). Given how much time we spend in the office, it seems inevitable that people will occasionally get emotional. But how should you handle tears as a manager? What should you do… Continue reading

“Effective Handling of Strikes & Lock-outs” Training in Jakarta, 18-19 September 2013

PROGRAM TITLE Effective Handling of Strikes & Lock-outs DURATION 2 (two) days VENUE Grand Sahid Jaya Hotel, Andrawina VIP Room, Ground Floor Jalan Jenderal Sudirman Kav. 86, Jakarta 10220 – Indonesia DATES 18 – 19 September 2013 OBJECTIVE At the end of this workshop, the participants will be able to cite, discuss and explain the rules & regulations applicable to… Continue reading

Retaliation: A perception is all it takes

An employee who files a complaint or returns from a leave of absence and shortly thereafter suffers an adverse employment action is likely to smell a retaliation rat. But what’s considered an adverse action? The answer to that question has left courts divided. It used to be that some courts decided that adverse employment actions cover only “ultimate employment decisions,”… Continue reading

State companies accused of exploiting workers

An alliance of labor unions has denounced worker exploitation at several state-owned enterprises, demanding that the government bring an end to such practices and force the companies to comply with the existing labor law. The unions also criticized the targeting of labor unions at state owned enterprises, saying that the companies should set a good example to the private sector.… Continue reading