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Illinois business law attorneyWhen you own a small or medium-sized business, you do not always have the money to do all of the things you want to do. Between payroll, utilities, taxes, and honoring contracts with vendors and suppliers, you may not have very much left over—especially if you are a newer company. This can create challenges if you are looking for ways to keep your staff motivated, as you may think that workers respond best to bonuses, gift cards, and other financial incentives. It may come as a surprise to learn that other motivational strategies may be just as effective as money—if not more so—in increasing your employees’ productivity.

Lead From the Front

A popular image that is often shared among managers and team leaders depicts two conflicting leadership styles. The top half of the image shows a “boss” sitting at his desk atop a heavy load directing a team of unhappy people as they drag the load. The bottom half shows the same team and the same load, but this time, the “leader” is at the front of the team, encouraging them and pulling with them. The team is happier and the work is being done more efficiently.

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Arlington Heights business law attorneyA few weeks ago, a post on this blog explored the challenges in making the decision to terminate an employee who is no longer a good fit for your company. That post highlighted the importance of careful record keeping and rational decision-making so that you could protect yourself in the event of possible legal action. The second and final stage of the termination process, however, is the termination itself, and letting an employee go must be done in such a way that both the rights of the employee and your company are protected.

Meet Face to Face

While it may be uncomfortable for you, your employee deserves the courtesy of a face-to-face meeting in most cases. Try to avoid terminating an employee over the phone, through text message, or even via a letter. There may be some exceptions, such as worker with habitual attendance problems, but an in-person meeting is appropriate far more often than not.

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Illinois business attorneysWhen you employ a staff to help you meet the needs of your customers, sooner or later you will have an employee who fails to live up to your expectations. Perhaps he or she has problems with being on time, complying with your company’s dress code, or is simply not productive enough to warrant what you are paying him or her. But, how can you be sure that firing the employee will not blow up in your face, so to speak? There are some steps you can take to help protect yourself and your company from lawsuits and frivolous accusations when you decide to terminate an employee.

The Two Phases

In the movies and on TV, it not uncommon to see a boss fire an employee on the spot for a particularly egregious mistake or outburst. While an immediate firing may be warranted on occasion, most employee terminations occur after an extended decision-making process. Firing an employee, usually, can be broken down into two separate stages—the decision and the termination—and both must be handled properly.

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Arlington Heights business law attorneyMost people agree that taking an occasional vacation from work is good for your stress levels and mental health. Hardworking employees need time off to recharge once in a while. However, a new study shows that employees in at least two major cities are working more than ever without taking paid time off. In fact, approximately 64 percent of employees in the area said they do not choose to use their paid time off. This leaves a whopping 12.8 million unused days.

Employees Avoid Taking Time Off for Several Reasons

This information comes from a study conducted by Project Time Off, an organization that promotes leisure, travel, and relaxation. Researchers found that San Francisco and Oakland are the second most overworked cities in the country. Only Washington D.C employees work more days a year. The study surveyed over 7,000 working Americans about their work habits and vacation days.

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Illinois business law attorneyIn recent months, at least seven states—including Illinois—have been vying for the attention of Foxconn, a Taiwan-based technology company looking for a new foothold on American soil. Illinois lawmakers and industry leaders believed that landing a Foxconn plant could have been a major boost to the state’s economy and would have created thousands of new jobs.

This week, however, an announcement by Foxconn dashed the hopes of Illinoisans by confirming that it plans to build a 20-million square foot facility in Wisconsin. The new plant will produce LCD panel screens and is expected to employ 3,000 workers when it opens. The company also said that its Wisconsin plant could eventually employ as many as 13,000 as it continues to invest in the region.

A Questionable History

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