Resources for Managers

Apr 6, 2015

Did you hear about the employee who called his supervisor one day telling her he'd be unable to work that day? His explanation: “I can't come in because the lady at the end of the road just hung her wash out to dry, and I don't want to drive down the road, cause dust, so she'll have to do her wash again.” Apparently, the supervisor was annoyed with the employee's long laundry list of no-show excuses and left him out to dry.

That’s just one of the true stories shared by HR professionals in one of SHRM’s bestselling books: Got a Minute? The 9 Lessons Every HR Professional Must Learn to Be Successful, by Dale Dwyer and Sheri Caldwell. These stories, and dozens more featured in the book, are hilarious, strange, or just plain head-scratchers. But they demonstrate the mistakes, challenges and day-to-day frustrations faced by HR professionals in organizations everywhere.

Disciplinary actions and terminations are among the hardest things a manager has to do. But when they’re unavoidable, consider consulting another SHRM bestseller: 101 Sample Write-Ups for Documenting Employee Performance Problems: A Guide to Progressive Discipline & Termination, 2nd edition by Paul Falcone. Among the new write-ups found in the second edition of the highly popular reference guide are how to deal with such problems as:

  • Politically incorrect behavior
  • Lack of leadership or trust
  • Failure to communicate upward and/or follow through
  • Lack of teamwork
  • Use of Internet pornography
  • Managerial misconduct and retaliation
  • Failure to disclose a conflict of interest or personal relationship
  • Violation of intellectual property rights

In late March, 2015, SHRM hosted the 2015 Employment Law and Legislative Conference. This important event covered new employment realities that organizations need to be aware of, such as workplace flexibility, Supreme Court decisions, hiring talent in the United States and abroad, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, the impact of changes to the FLSA, and state law trends that impact HR.

Navigating changes in employment legislation and regulation can be a full-time job. Having access to practical information is one of the top reasons SHRM members visit the SHRM website and the SHRMStore. The SHRMStore’s HR and the Law section offers some of the resources that HR professionals use most often, including:


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