You Caught Your Employee Lying. What Should You Do?

June 16th, 2016

There are many reasons an employee might choose to lie. Sometimes it is an unhealthy defense mechanism that kicks in when they feel threatened or afraid. Or they might want to manipulate the truth to make a situation appear different than it actually happened. As a manager, if you catch an employee in the act, how do you respond? Here are a few things to do when you find out an employee has been lying.

Follow your company protocol.

Your company should already have information spelled out in an employee handbook that deals with dishonesty on the job. If not, you should work with employment experts to ensure that there is a company protocol in place. When you discover an employee has lied, follow the requirements exactly to ensure that you are treating this employee and their co-workers fairly. Documenting everything and being transparent with all decisions will only help in the long term.

Gauge the extent of the lie.

The next step is to determine the severity of the lie. Falsifying records or recording incorrect hours to receive higher pay are very serious behaviors. However, there might be smaller issues or withholding information that may not affect the business or other individuals. It is important to know what you’re dealing with before you can determine the appropriate action.

Ignore or deflect a small lie.

You do have the right to ignore lies that are not harmful. This is entirely up to you and your corporate culture. Or, you can even deflect what was said by responding with accurate information. If you do this, your employee may not realize they were caught in a lie but rather that you didn’t know they were lying and corrected them.

Discipline a big lie.

However, if there may be cases when the lie isn’t something that can be swept under the rug. For example, you might find that a new employee lied on their resume. Or they may be taking credit for someone else’s work. Or, they may be falsifying documents that affect employment or a co-worker. Depending on the action, you will need to discipline the employee appropriately.

Confront the dishonest employee.

Lastly, you want to take care in the way you confront a dishonest employee. You should not confront them in front of an audience as that can escalate the issue and you don’t know how your other employees will view it. Instead, call them into a private meeting and talk to them about what you’ve found. Allow them to share their side of the story, but be cautious since they have already demonstrated they are willing to be dishonest when talking to you.

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Who Doesn’t Want a Promotion? Focus on These 3 Tips

April 14th, 2016

You will probably never hear someone say they just want to work in their same job for the rest of their lives. Everyone imagines their career can climb the corporate ladder, and yet, not everyone does. So how can you focus your skills and ambitions to land that next promotion? Before you get started, consider these three tips that can get you from where you are now to where you want to be in your career and the future.

1. Be indispensable.

There is a fine line to walk here, but the bottom line is that you need to demonstrate that you are indispensable to your company. You want to position yourself as an expert at what you do so you are the first person your bosses and co-workers approach when dealing with a specific problem. However, don’t fall into the trap to make yourself so indispensable that you are unable to take days off or refuse to do certain tasks outside the scope of your normal position. Staying humble in this area is important as well. No company or employees want to deal with some who comes across as a know-it-all.

2. Be likable.

To land your next promotion, you also need to ensure that you are someone well liked in the office. It is rare for someone to grant a promotion to a person they dislike. You don’t have to be treated like a literal door mat, but building goodwill and having an amiable personality will help you go far within the company. Be someone well-liked by all levels of the organization. This can help establish and maintain a good reputation with the people who are likely to make the decisions to promote star performers in the future.

3. Be creative.

Someone who is creative and innovative is also likely to be considered over someone who just goes through the motions or follows all of the specific guidelines. Not only should you be creative in your own job, finding new and better ways of doing what you do, you should also have some innovative strategic thinking for the future of the company itself. Organizations want to promote people who have a vision that matches the overall success of the business as a whole. They like to see employees who are committed to helping the company grow, not just employees who do enough to complete their daily tasks.

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Run Better Meetings by Starting with Small Talk

April 7th, 2016

Are meetings the source of eye rolls and anxiety in your office? Employees often feel like they are a waste of time, and they would be better off working rather than listening in on a meeting. The truth is, meetings run better when people trust each other, so how do you develop that trust? When you create personal connections, you have a means to enhance your meetings in a way that is positive for everyone. The best way to get started is by facilitating small talk between your employees and management. Here are some tips for getting started.

Water cooler philosophy

Every office has a water cooler situation even if they don’t have an actual water cooler. This casual interaction between co-workers has no professional expectation. It is simply about getting to know the people around you in the office and understanding how to work with them better. While you may not think that talking about the latest episode of The Walking Dead or what you did on your vacation can help increase meeting productivity, getting to know others casually absolutely does. No one wants to just come in to work each day and only talk about what’s happening inside the office walls. Create that personal connection to see productivity and engagement increase.

Commonalities between people

This type of conversation sparks a sense of community. Once you know what you have in common with the people around you, it is easier to facilitate the types of things that will enhance teamwork. If you’re on the same page from the start, you will increase communication skills and be able to move forward. All discussions are met with a different attitude, and no one feels that someone is out to get them.

Better cooperation skills

When co-workers have things in common, they are also more likely to be willing to cooperate with each other. They won’t feel like they’re competing for accolades but rather that they are all on the same team. If there is no natural water cooler situation in your office, create it by implementing a few minutes of getting caught up at the beginning of each meeting. Maybe it’s near the coffee pot or in the break area. Let your employees dictate that natural meeting place.

Get down to business

The real key with this tactic is knowing when to stop the idle conversation and move into the business that needs to be accomplished. Never let the small talk become so overwhelming that you are no longer able to get anything done. Cut it off after a few minutes in a natural way to segue into the meeting itself. The worst possible scenario is a 30-minute meeting that features 20 minutes of discussing nothing on the agenda. The leader needs to have a sense of when to get going.

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Change These 4 Areas to See Personal Improvement

February 25th, 2016

How you function in your personal and at-home life can easily influence how successful, or stressed out, you are at work every day. Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed? Do you have trouble focusing? Have you started to dread getting up and going to work every day? These may all be signs that you need to make some changes. But before you make drastic changes, consider these four small alterations you can start with to see improvement in your work day.

Commit to more sleep.

Often in offices, you’ll hear people bragging about how little sleep they got because they are too busy being busy. Or, they may be plagued with insomnia because they are stressed. However, a lack of sleep can be the biggest contributor to an unfocused day. Commit to getting a complete night’s rest by choosing a reasonable bed time, turning off any media an hour before bed and creating a calming routine to help you drift to sleep.

Create a to-do list.

Each week, start out with a to-do list. Include four to five critical projects each day. When you complete a task, you can have the satisfaction of crossing it off. You can also compose daily lists that have the tasks broken out into individual steps, which can help you tackle a larger project. The key is to make a manageable to-do list that can keep you on track but not make things more difficult.

Ask questions.

Many people lose productivity because they are too proud to ask for help or get clarification on a project. Don’t be afraid to ask questions when something raises a concern for you. When you are assigned a new task, ask about any aspect that is slightly confusing. Clarify things you think you know how to do. And don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. No one expects you to understand everything at the first time. Asking questions to get more clarification shows that you want to do the job correctly and care about its quality.

Be positive and optimistic.

Your attitude has a big impact on your success. Remaining positive and optimistic can help you not only get through a bad day but it can make every day more pleasant. Positive people are able to avoid complaining about negative situations and determine the right solutions instead. It can really change the way you approach everything in your job. Studies also show that optimistic employees with positive attitudes get promoted at higher rates than critical people with negative attitudes.

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Help Your Job Chances with These Post-Interview Actions

February 12th, 2016

Now that you’ve successfully interviewed, the ball is in their court, right? Well, that couldn’t be further from the truth. There are some things you can do as a job candidate to increase your chances of landing the job. If you sit back idly, then your competitors for the job might be more active, and you’ll be edged out of a job that might be perfect for you. Before you sit by the phone and wait for your interviewer to call, here are some things you can do after the interview to improve your odds and continue to make a great impression.

Ask them about the next steps.

Before you even leave the interview, ask the potential employer what the next steps are in the hiring process. They will be able to give you an idea of when they want to make a hiring decision or how may more interviews they have. Don’t think that this question is asking for too much information as  it is an accepted part of the job search process. This can help you determine the best ways to follow up moving forward so you don’t position yourself as aggressive or pushy.

Get business cards from everyone you meet.

Also, don’t forget to gather business cards. If the hiring manager doesn’t hand you one out of habit, ask for it. Make sure you ask for one from everyone you speak with in the office, regardless of their role. It doesn’t hurt to get one from the front desk receptionist as well. Having as much contact information as possible will make follow-up correspondence much easier.

Send a thank-you note.

The first thing you should do when you get home is send a thank-you note. You have two options here. You can send a handwritten note through the mail, or you can send an email a few hours after the interview. Either is fine, but an email will be more immediate. You can also use this as a way to add something you may have forgotten to mention. Thank the interviewer(s) for their time and reiterate why you want to work with them.

Follow up one more time.

Finally, set a time to follow up with the company one last time. Based on the information they gave you about when they planned to make a decision, call the hiring manager or send an additional email checking on the position and their decision. This will put you at the top of their mind when they do consider their final decision and you may get the call back for going the extra mile. It’s a delicate balance between appearing desperate and excited about the job, and each company may view follow-up correspondence differently. Use your experience and instincts on how to proceed.

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Here’s What NOT to Ask in Your Next Job Interview

January 28th, 2016

You’ve been told that you should have questions for the interviewer when you’re looking for a job. While it’s great to have a lot of questions prepared, did you know that there are some questions you should never ask? While you prepare for your interview, consider these questions to avoid.

  1. Tell me more about the company.

    If you don’t know what the company even does you have no business interviewing with them. This is the most basic information you can acquire for yourself before the interview. This question will be an immediate red flag for the interviewer. They’ll assume that you don’t pay attention to detail or aren’t willing to put the work into learning. Framing this question in a better light “Tell me more about this new initiative” shows you did some research on the company’s website or in the news sources.

  2. Does the company monitor computer usage?

    When you ask if a company does a thing, then it demonstrates that you’re worried about that thing. Companies have the legal right to monitor their computers and other property. By asking about this technique, you’re admitting guilt to misuse of equipment before you even start the job. You will not get hired.

  3. When can I get a promotion?

    Most companies encourage employee career growth, but you won’t qualify right away. If they believe that you view this job as a “foot in the door” or a stepping stone, they will be worried that you’ll abandon ship before you finish your first year. If you really don’t want this job, don’t apply for it.

  4. How much does this job pay?

    A first interview is not the right time to talk about money. Even if they ask, let them know that you want to look at the numbers and talk about it later in the process so you can discuss the options. If you ask about money in the first meeting they will rightfully assume that the pay is all you care about.

  5. Do you run drug screens or background checks?

    By asking if they test for drugs or if they run a background check, then you are admitting that you have concern for the results. It is best to assume that every company will perform these checks, even if they don’t. That being said, the company must also provide you the results of these tests so you are able to review the problems and provide mitigating details of they apply.

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What Type Of Office Setting Works

December 18th, 2015

The layout of your office is one of the most important decisions you’ll need to make as a business owner. The good news is that this is a flexible decision that can change if you need to any time along the way. So is an open office with no set desks a good decision or a recipe for disaster? Or are cubicles too claustrophobic for your staff? Let’s take a look at the various types of office settings and how to know if they’re right for you.

Traditional Office Environment

This layout is still very popular for many organizations. It usually features smaller, enclosed offices, and a larger meeting space, like you might expect in a law firm. The size will depend on your actual business. If your company has very conservative values then you may want to consider a more traditional office space to showcase your mission statement to your customers.

Individual Cubicles

Cubes gained popularity in the U.S. workplace in the 1960s as a way for businesses to maximize large open spaces for as many employees as possible. Today’s cubes are usually individual workstations with computers, some storage, and a desk chair that will keep individual workers secluded but still in the same general space as their co-workers. Many companies decide on cubes because they are the easiest solution to space management.

Open and Collaborative Spaces

A new trend today is to eliminate both offices and cubicles and promote more collaborative work styles. Millennials are bringing this to the forefront, and many offices are embracing it. No employee has an established work space and all computers are mobile so collaboration can happen organically. This type of office environment is great for the creative company that wants to promote innovation.

Executive Suites

If you’re a very small business, renting an executive suite may be a reasonable solution for any office space concerns. This will give you a private workspace for two or three employees and the professionally amenities of a larger office just with the cost of your rent. They can help create a professional look to show to your clients that will help them perceive you as a larger organization.

Co-working Spaces

If you are looking for something different than an executive suite that embraces the collaborative nature of millennial-driven work places and work-from-home options, co-working may be a great choice for your business. These offices allow members to have both private and open places to work, collaborate or handle other projects. They are popping up all over the country and the trend has been met with a lot of positive energy.

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What’s the Best Way to Find a New Job While You Still Have a Job?

November 24th, 2015

Balancing the job search process while you have a job can be a delicate dance. You need to schedule phone and in-person interviews around your current work and keep your confidentiality in check. You also need to keep your focus on your job so things don’t become a bigger issue. How can you navigate the difficult waters of a job search while still employed and get everything that you want? Let’s look at the best tips to get you through this process.

Don’t let your work slide.

The number one job that you have while trying to balance you current job and your job search is to not let any of your duties suffer. You need to remain committed to your current employer while you’re searching or else they may discover that you are looking to leave. Don’t give them a reason to terminate your employment.

Never use company time or tools.

Along those same lines, don’t use your employer’s time or tools to facilitate your job search. Never use the company printer or copier for resumes. Don’t send emails to prospective employers with your business email or even your personal email over the company’s internet. Obviously you will need to take time off but avoid taking excessive time off during your search either.

Ask for confidentiality.

When you are applying with new organizations, go ahead and let them know you’re still employed and don’t want your current boss to know you’re searching. This is a common scenario and any business you want to work for will be happy to keep your discussions confidential – especially if you are a top candidate in their eyes or work for a current competitor.

Choose the right references.

Confidentiality also needs to extend to your references. Obviously you shouldn’t provide the names and phone numbers of your current managers or co-workers (unless they are agreeable to your job search). Instead, go back to former supervisors who would be happy to provide references for the work that you’re doing. Be sure to ask their permission and tell them about your job search ahead of time.

Be cautious of social media.

Lastly, you need to make sure you don’t post something on social media that will give anyone who may have a connection with your employer some insight into your job hunt. You may want to keep you job search of off popular tools like Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn to prevent your managers from seeing something too soon.

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Why Didn’t I Get the Job after the Interview?

October 29th, 2015

You interviewed and you thought you nailed it. So why haven’t they called you back to offer you the job? After a long, frustrating job search it can be devastating to feel rejected. Before you take this frustration out on the next unsuspecting interviewer, you would benefit from learning some ways to constructively handle the situation. Here are some of the reasons you might not have been offered the job and what you can do to improve your chances in the future.

You didn’t thank them.

Of course, you should say thank you when you’re shaking their hand and leaving the office, but that might not be enough. As soon as you get home from the meeting, send over a quick thank-you note. This can either be an email that recaps your discussion and restates your interest, or a hand-written note that you drop in the mail. Either technique will give the interviewer a positive lasting impression.

Your negativity got in the way.

The interview isn’t just reviewing your skills when they meet with you, they want to understand your attitude. Too many job seekers let their frustrations show at exactly the wrong time. You may have answered questions about your last job in a way that raised the red flags. Instead, show them confidence and positivity in your answers.

You didn’t do your homework.

As a job candidate you can’t expect to just show up to the interview and get the job, you need to do some work too. You need to demonstrate not only that you are interested in the position but that you know exactly why. Learn as much as you can about the company before you arrive so you can frame your answers better. The company’s website and LinkedIn are good places to start.

You didn’t hit it off.

The interviewer is also trying to hire someone they believe will be a good match for their company culture, and that might not be you. If the interviewer didn’t feel a personal connection, they may decide on another candidate. You don’t really have much control over this, but know that if the environment wasn’t right, you may be better off continuing your job search elsewhere.

You didn’t ask any questions.

“So, do you have any questions for me?” This is not a rhetorical question. Far too many job seekers answer with no. In fact, the best way to mitigate this is to avoid having this question asked all together. The entire job interview conversation should be a give and take. They want to know you are interested, have done your homework, and want to know more. But don’t ask too many questions either. Let the conversation feel natural.

You didn’t listen.

There are several ways an interviewer might notice your lack of attention. They may ask a question but your answer doesn’t really fit the subject. They may feel that you didn’t get the question or that you aren’t paying attention. People have a habit of listening only long enough to formulate a response, but that means we might miss out on some other important information. Improve your listening skills and you may improve your chances.

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Make Interviewing Simple – Strengths, Motivation, Fit

October 9th, 2015

How can you guarantee that the person you hire will be the best for the job? Of course, nothing in life can be guaranteed to that degree but there is a simple way to refocus your interviewing strategy to ensure the employee checks all the right boxes for your company. How can you make interviewing both simpler and more effective? Let’s take a closer look at three things that can help you determine the best candidates to hire.

What are their strengths?

Asking a candidate about their strengths and weaknesses is a staple of the interviewing process. But why do you ask this? What you want to know is what they excel at, how accomplished they are with their expertise, and what aspects need improvement. Weaknesses aren’t a deal breaker, everyone has them. What you need to know is what they are doing about them. Motivated job prospects want to improve, so they recognize weaknesses and have a plan to improve. Incorporate these topics in behavioral questions such as, “Tell me about an accomplishment that you’re most proud of from your previous position.”

How are they motivated?

You also want to know what makes them excited about what they do. Some people are money driven while others are looking for personal fulfillment. How they interact with their own job and how they are naturally motivated will help you determine the way they will work in your office. Ask them questions such as, “What kind of manager do you like to work for?” Or, “How do you like to be recognized for your work?” The keys to effective leadership is learning what drives your employees. Since everyone is different, there is no one method to getting the best out of each member of your team.

How do they fit with your existing team?

Lastly, besides whether or not they can do the job, you need to know if the new employee will be a good fit with your existing team. Why? Because your employees need to be a well-oiled machine and if one cog in that wheel doesn’t work well with the rest, the entire system can quickly break down. One of the best ways to determine this potential fit is to include your employees in the interviewing process. Have them meet with each candidate and then compare notes after the interview. If you like the candidate, don’t totally dismiss their input and feedback. That can have you lose respect since your employees will think they sat in the interview and had no input on the decision.

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