January 29, 2015
Quote of the Day: “Life was much easier when Apple and Blackberry were just fruits.” Anonymous.
Why Good Employment Reviews Matter
A federal judge in an employment law suit recently refused to dismiss a sex discrimination suit because the employee had a history of positive employment reviews.
Why does it Matter?
We all know that employment reviews are like proctology exams, a necessary evil of life. However, if done openly and honestly, a performance review can be a valuable tool for employee and employer alike. In any event, we thought you might want to know that there is an unintended benefit of having positive employment reviews. In the nasty world of employment law suits, these reviews can be a powerful weapon. In most employment suits, the employers primary defense is that the employee was fired for poor performance. A history of positive employment reviews can cut off this line of defense and put you in a stronger position.
Do all you can to keep your reviews positive. If you would like to see how a corporate defense lawyer views this subject, see the Ohio Employers Law Blog.
We are Not Robots
Silicon Valley is an exciting place to be, unless you are one of the thousands of “on demand” workers who feel like underpaid robot. New technology ventures like Uber, Handybook and TaskRabbit do not use traditional employees. Instead, they label their workers independent contractors.
Why does it Matter?
Independent contractors are not entitled to the legal protections employees enjoy. For example, the right to earn a minimum wage and overtime pay. These crafty new ventures are able to drastically lower their overhead by making a few tweaks to the relationship they have with their workers. As a result, these companies make Uber profits and their workers make less money and have fewer legal protections. Class action law suits have been filed challenging this system of on demand employees.
The laws will probably need to be modified before on demand workers get any meaningful relief.
What to think about airing your real thoughts about your boss anonymously
What to think about making a pregnant employee stay home
What to think about dealing with difficult bosses
Dealing with a difficult boss is not easy. Managing the situation is the test you put yourself through everyday. There are some approaches you can take to hopefully make your life easier for you and the difficult boss. Start with just talking to your boss. Discuss with your boss what you need in terms of direction and feedback on your performance. Make sure you ask your boss how can you help him reach his goals. This will create a team dynamic. Be strong, focused and polite. Definitely do not point out your bosses weaknesses, bad attitude or negativity. This will get you nowhere. If you have taken these steps and things are still really bad between your boss and yourself, then it’s time to go to your bosses supervisor. If that doesn’t work, elevate to the next level, which is Human Resources. (Side note, document everything from your 1st meeting.). Lastly if you’ve done all these steps, the problem still exists, an internal transfer doesn’t seem possible – then start looking for a new job ASAP! Get out of the company – life is too short to work for unhappy people. See the Evil HR Lady for more on bad bosses.