In today's connected world, most employers have grasped the importance of email communications. Very rarely do we send letters or even communicate via telephone. The much simpler solution seems to be sending email communications. It is imperative to understand the basics of email etiquette whether for business or personal use.
Very few years ago, most union-free employers did not pay close attention to the decisions issued by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), as many believe what was happening with the NLRB did not affect them because their employees were not represented by a union. However, more employers are learning that regardless of the union status of their workplace, Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act applies considerably to all employers and their operations.
Employee relations is a hot topic in today's business world. Understanding how to master employee relations can be a challenge to even the most knowledgeable managers. The first step in mastering employee relations is to understand exactly what employee and labor relations involves. Employee and labor relations entail enabling employees to maintain effective relationships and working conditions which balance the employer's needs with the employee's rights while also supporting the company's strategic objectives and overall goals.
As older workers delay retiring and younger workers enter the workforce, the workplace has become a patchwork of varying perspectives and experiences. For the first time in American history four different generations are working side-by-side in the workplace. While leading these different generations, a diverse workforce can present challenges to even the most skilled management teams. Bridging the generational gap is one of the most challenging tasks an employer may face. The key to overcoming this challenge is effectively addressing and taking advantage of the differences in values and expectations of the employees in each generation.
"Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot". -Clarence Thomas
Business etiquette is an integral part of a company's overall culture. Success in any industry relies on relationships, whether with co-workers, clients, suppliers or investors. Consideration and good manners while dealing with others creates engaged, productive and long-term business relationships. Etiquette covers most aspects of social interactions, including self-presentation, communication, courtesy, and hospitality. Business etiquette, in particular, covers expectations in the interactions for all business relationships. Are the employees at your company accustomed to proper business etiquette?