Organizational conflict generally gets a bad rap for causing discord and distrust among employees, hindering productivity. It’s not always negative, however. Conflict can open up the door for collaborative problem solving and growth, if used appropriately.
Available to employees and their immediate families, employee assistance programs (EAPs) are specialized programs run by organizations that provide assistance to workers. An EAP’s main purpose is to assist employees with handling personal problems and thereby prevent negative impacts on their work performance. Assistance for employees ranges from assessments to counseling and even extends at times to recommendations of medical services. Employees use these services usually free of cost, and privacy laws ensure that confidentiality is maintained.
If you want to start an employee assistance program (EAP) for your workplace, you are among the thousands of employers who recognize the benefit of adding these services to the company’s existing group health care plan. EAPs offer a variety of services at no cost to the employee. The cost to employers depends on the types of EAP services you want to offer and your current negotiated costs for group health care benefits.
Employee assistance programs are typically created by companies in an effort to help employees in a time of need. The purpose of these programs is to tackle employee problems before these problems start to negatively affect an employee’s health and work performance. The programs offer a variety of services ranging from family, health, legal and financial counseling to help finding child care programs and assistance.
Skip-level meetings create an environment for upper-level management to meet with an employee without the interaction of the employee’s direct supervisor. Skip-level meetings offer many benefits. Managers are able to see how employees are fitting within their departments and within the organization as a whole. The exclusion of direct supervisors allows management to make unbiased observations about employees. Managers prepare a set of questions to ask employees and take notes of employees’ answers. Depending on how the skip level meeting went,
If an employee’s performance has begun to decline, or if there is a specific issue that needs to be addressed, consider holding a counseling session. A counseling session allows you to work one on one with the employee and hopefully come up with a plan for improvement. Counseling also becomes a part of an employee’s permanent record, so if
Workplace etiquette does not just exist because of social niceties. Rather, a business has a financial incentive in making sure that a workplace minds its manners and that co-workers are polite to each other. This has both positive direct benefits to the company, as well as indirect benefits. While the definition of “polite” will vary depending on the workplace, all businesses should