Employee’s Perspective: Inspiring Loyalty

By | June 26th, 2017 | News » Leave a comment

“Everyone has an invisible sign hanging from their neck saying, ‘make me feel important.’ Never forget this message when working with people.” – Mary Kay Ash

Not too long ago, I read an online survey that managers are the number one reason employees leave their jobs. It’s not surprising that managers are critical to the success of the manager-employee relationship, which is apparently the building block of learning and development in firms. So, how do you take a proactive approach to boost morale and cultivate employee relations and make sure you keep your star players from walking away? Based on my perspective, here are a few ways managers can connect with employees and inspire loyalty:

  • It seems like a no-brainer, but make time for them. Talk with your employee about his career and ask whether he is happy where he is at.
  • Do not micromanage – don’t consistently try to control every inch or you will quickly dissolve trust in your team. If you feel the need to micromanage your employee, evaluate your standards & be aware of the expectations you set. Are they too high? Too low?
  • Provide opportunities for growth. Lack of development is often the fuel that leads to early exits!
  • Ask your staff whether they feel they are utilizing their strengths in their roles.
  • What “perks” in the workplace can you offer your employees? Employers need to be competitive to retain employees.
  • Always show appreciation; a quick note of encouragement goes a long way!

Employees need to know that they are important and valued. What are some ways you are connecting with your employees or boosting morale to inspire loyalty?

ELRC Offers Proactive Employment Law Audits

By | June 19th, 2017 | News » Leave a comment

One of the best ways to root out issues, deficiencies, and to determine your organization’s level of risk with state and federal laws in the employment field is to conduct a periodic employment law audit. During the audit, an attorney from Employers Legal Resource Center will review, among other things, your company’s processes and policies related to the hiring process, establishment of pay, postings, record-keeping, and document retention, as well as, employee promotion, evaluation, discipline and termination. Contact the attorneys at Employers Legal Resource Center at 405.702.9797 for assistance.

ELRC’s Legal Intern Passes Texas State Bar Exam

By | June 14th, 2017 | News » Leave a comment

Zino Magbegor, a long-time legal intern with Employers Legal Resource Center, recently passed her Texas Board of Law Examination and was sworn into the Texas Bar Association. Her colleagues, attorneys Tina Izadi, Christine Cave, and paralegal Tari Larkins are excited to celebrate this amazing achievement with her and are excited to continue working with her in her new role as attorney at law!

 

Warm Weather Dress Code

By | May 8th, 2017 | News » Leave a comment

Crop tops, halter tops, flip flops, oh, my! With spring in the air and summer just around the corner, it’s the time of year when many people are more relaxed. People begin to enjoy long weekends, vacations, and lazy days. During the hot summer days, employees often prefer to wear the hottest trends, (i.e., crop tops, halter-tops, maxi dresses, graphic T-shirts), brighter colors, lighter-fabric, and even flip-flops – at work.

Because not all casual clothing is appropriate for the office, a dress code is critical. When it comes to implementing a summer dress code policy, make it as straightforward and specific as possible to ensure successful compliance. Specify what type of attire is inappropriate and what is considered too casual. Pictures can be helpful. When you’re specific, it minimizes the ambiguity over of what is inappropriate or too casual for the work environment.

If your company does not have a company dress code policy or needs to update one, contact the attorneys at Employers Legal Resource Center at 405.702.9797 for assistance.

Employee’s Perspective: Take Our Children to Work Day!

By | April 17th, 2017 | News » Leave a comment

Next Thursday is “Take Our Children to Work Day.” This amazing non-profit educational program encourages educators and businesses to invite children to work for one day to job shadow. In doing so, these kids learn valuable lessons on the importance of teamwork, communication, and responsibility.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to participate over the past years and you would like to do so next week, I have compiled a few suggestions to help make this year’s holiday a joyful experience.

  • Be sure to plan ahead by getting the boss’s approval, preferably, months in advance
  • Carefully plan and coordinate with managers and associates in advance to avoid disruption of normal business operations
  • Remember, the holiday is organized during normal school hours, which may conflict with scheduled city, state or regional testing
  • Bring in or plan for a group of you to go out for a fun lunch; let the kids know in advance to bring their questions!
  • Don’t forget to reward the children! Print off a Certificate of Accomplishment or hand them a souvenir

If you had an opportunity to bring your children to work, what suggestion do you have to share for next year?

 

Christine Cave Presents at 2017 OK HR Annual State Conference

By | April 12th, 2017 | News » Leave a comment

On Thursday, April 13, 2017, attorney Christine Cave & Max Dubroff will discuss workplace internal investigations at the 2017 OK HR Annual State Conference in Norman, OK. The presentation provides HR professionals useful and practical information for completing internal investigations in the workplace as illustrated through their book, “Workplace Internal Investigations: A Novel Approach.” Employers needing assistance on internal investigation should contact the attorneys at Employers Legal Resource Center at 405.702.9797. To purchase your copy of the book today, please follow the link below!

https://www.amazon.com/Workplace-Internal-Investigations-Novel-Approach/dp/1535319208/ref=sr_1_17?ie=UTF8&qid=1472139206&sr=8-17&keywords=workplace+investigations

Christine Cave Discusses Overtime Pay

By | April 10th, 2017 | News » Leave a comment

On Tuesday, April 11, 2017, attorney Christine Cave will discuss overtime pay under FLSA in Oklahoma City, as part of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits’ “Business for Breakfast” series. Employers needing assistance on overtime pay should contact the attorneys at Employers Legal Resource Center at 405.702.9797.  For more information about the “Business for Breakfast” presentation series, contact the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits. www.okcnp.org

 

Christine Cave Discusses Overtime Pay in Tulsa, Oklahoma

By | April 3rd, 2017 | News » Leave a comment

On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, attorney Christine Cave will discuss overtime pay under FLSA presented by the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits’ “Business for Breakfast” series. Employers needing assistance on overtime pay should contact the attorneys at Employers Legal Resource Center at 405.702.9797.  For more information about the “Business for Breakfast” presentation series, contact the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits.www.okcnp.org

Help! I’ve received a Notice of Charge of Discrimination. What do I do?

By | March 27th, 2017 | News » Leave a comment

What are the three critical first steps an employer should do to protect his company, if he finds himself in a charge of discrimination claim with the EEOC? ELRC’s attorney, Ms. Christine Cave, suggests the following starting points for employers:

  1. Act immediately. The employer generally has 30 days to gather information requested and to submit its position statement and supporting documents.
  2. It is strongly encouraged that you seek representation. Your legal counsel can provide you guidance on whether to oppose the charge or mediate the dispute; and draft the employer’s position statement, etc.
  3. Preserve all records relevant to the charge – your employment lawyer can answer any questions about retention periods and the types of records you are required to preserve, etc.
  4. Gather documents, records, and compile a list of witnesses and timeline of key events relating to the claim to be provided to your lawyer.

If you would like guidance on how to reduce exposure to charge of discrimination, claims, contact Christine or any of the attorneys at Employers Legal Resource Center. (405) 702-9797.

 

 

Legal Implications of the Employee Handbook

By | March 20th, 2017 | News » Leave a comment

On March 24, 2017, Christine Cave will discuss the legal implications of the employee handbook, at the Law and Finance conference presented by the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits. Employers needing assistance on this topic should contact the attorneys at Employers Legal Resource Center at 405.702.9797. For more information about the presentation series, contact the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits.

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