Employees have had a taste of working remotely, and many are requesting to work from home more regularly. One major takeaway from this large-scale shift to remote-based work is that companies are now open to more creative ways to get the job done. The question arises, whether to continue with the remote-based model or get back to the traditional workspace, post-pandemic? The best solution could be an overlap of both!
Many employers are feeling the urgency of ensuring their employees are vaccinated as soon as possible and are considering making it a requirement. If employers want their teams to return to the workplace or continue working but with reduced health and safety measures, it’s likely that most won’t feel comfortable until their employees have been fully vaccinated. But as necessary as full vaccination is, the question remains: “Can employers require vaccination?”
It’s Friday morning before the long weekend, and you’re looking forward to a quick workday. When you arrive to work, you find an unexpected notice. The employee you let go last month has made a claim of wrongful dismissal. You wonder how this can be; you provided the employee with a verbal warning, then a written warning, followed by a three-day suspension before they were terminated. Surely, you’ve done enough to cover yourself legally, right?
Progressive discipline is a great management tool when used effectively. Unfortunately, two steps are often missed during the coaching stage: support and facilitation. Going through the motions is not enough—employers need to actively engage in the process. The intent of progressive discipline is to provide employees with opportunities to modify or correct inadequate performance and behaviour. Without actively supporting employees and facilitating opportunities for performance improvements, that purpose is undermined.
Do you remember the board game Guess Who? Players race against each other to identify their opponent’s character by considering physical characteristics like clothing, glasses, and hairstyles. Surveying your work team for the difficult employee who may be causing turmoil behind the scenes can make you feel like you’re playing a grown-up version of Guess Who?, but instead of the obvious signs, employers often have to rely on behavioural clues.
When trying to find the perfect employee, you may have preconceived notions of whether you need an introvert or extravert in the role. Outgoingness and shyness have been linked to extraversion and introversion, respectively, as explanations for people’s personalities, but these simple concepts are misleading. As a leader, you can help ensure that you maximize employee potential, despite differing personalities.
Enacting disciplinary measures against your employees is never pleasant or easy, but most of the time, it’s at least straightforward. Someone does something wrong, so you issue a warning; if the bad behaviour persists, you escalate the discipline until, as a last resort, you terminate their employment. With a well-written policy guiding the disciplinary process, and other policies explaining what sort of behaviour would trigger that process, you can be reasonably confident that you’ll be able to handle any sort of transgression.
It’s a rainy Monday morning and you’ve missed your train, and now you’re late to your first meeting. In a rush, you spill coffee on your jacket just before getting onto the elevator with—who else?—your boss, and she reminds you about that report you didn’t submit on Friday afternoon. All this and it’s not even 10 a.m. yet.
Reflecting on the Second World War, Winston Churchill is known to have remarked, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” The quotation suggests that when the unexpected happens, or when your best laid plans go awry—perhaps especially then—you should take some time to consider what happened and how you could improve your response in the future. Of course, you don’t need to wait until after a crisis to think about how you will respond to a future challenge. When business is going well, it may seem impossible that a crisis could rock your organization, yet we can’t always see a crisis coming. Having a crisis response strategy in place will help you prepare for when the unpredictable occurs.