Bell Curve, or Everyone’s Excellent?


"Recently, we had an interesting discussion in our weekly executive meeting, says business and leadership blogger Dan Oswald. We were talking about how annual performance evaluations went this year. One colleague suggested that our evaluation system can actually hurt morale."

Oswald, CEO of BLR, offered his thoughts on performance evaluations and bell curves in a recent edition of The Oswald Letter.

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Head-in-the-Sand Management, Dead-in-the-Water Defense


"More often than not, managers avoid giving honest evaluations. Maybe they fear causing hurt feelings or maybe they don't know what to do, but the result is the same—a lost lawsuit. The solution? The two Cs—Clarify and Coach."

A Cautionary Tale—How Many Zeros?

One juror explained the simple system his jury had used to determine the amount of punitive damages they would award: they started with one dollar, and added a zero for each thing they thought the employer had done wrong. The total added up pretty fast.

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Disasters: Payroll, Benefits, and Alternative Worksites


"In the last issue of the Advisor, we considered non-exempt compensation challenges during emergency closings. Today we'll look at exempts and some related hassles, and we’ll introduce an amazing compensation problem solver."

Exempt Employees and Disasters

Exempt employees are generally paid their normal amount if the workday is shortened. Docking, or reducing pay of exempt employees who are scheduled to work, but who do not because of an emergency, may affect the employees’ status of being exempt from overtime, because, by docking, you are treating them like non-exempt employees.

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What Does it Take to Be Successful? Ask an Expert


"When people ask what it takes to be successful in business, my response is often, “You should ask someone who is,” says business and leadership blogger Dan Oswald. The best way to learn about anything is to ask someone who has been successful at it."

Oswald, CEO of BLR, offered his thoughts on business success in a recent edition of The Oswald Letter.

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Hurricanes, Tornados, and Wildfires: Who Gets Paid When You Close?


"As if disasters weren't enough of a hassle, they are always accompanied by scads of picky wage and hour questions. Let's break it down."

If a company opens two hours late because of a snowstorm, should an employer pay employees who show up earlier because they didn’t hear the announcement?

What time does the workday end when employees are given the option to go home because an incident such as a gas leak forces evacuation of the building?
What if the employer sends them home subject to recall when the facility is safe again?

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