The next time one of your employees admires your business suit, it’s OK to wonder if she’s sucking up.
More than one in five U.S. employees admit to complimenting managers to get on their good side -- even if the flattery is a bunch of hooey.
Just be glad you aren’t a supervisor in India: Almost half of workers there (46%) say they sweet-talk their bosses even if they don’t mean it.
At Zappos.com, the online shoe business, the person answering calls is not the “receptionist”; he’s the “director of first impressions.”
At Texas-based BerylHealth, where health care workers advise clients by telephone, the company pairs employees with executives in a spoof of “Dancing with the Stars.”
And at San Diego-based Red Door Interactive, a business consultancy, one of the core values is this: “We are 100 percent jerk-free.”
Many employers encourage workers to decorate their workspace or dress up for Halloween, or allow workplace Halloween parties featuring decorations and costumes.
But what one person considers funny and harmless, another may view as tasteless or offensive.
On a blog called “Ask a Manager,” one black reader inquired about how to tell white co-workers that painting their faces dark so they could imitate basketball stars would offend her. Her question inspired both empathy and disbelief.
Is it legal -- and if so, is it advisable -- to fire a worker if he or she is looking for another job?
“Yes, it is legal,” said Eric Meyer, a partner at Philadelphia-based law firm Dilworth Paxson LLP and author of the online law blog “The Employer Handbook.” “Whether or not it is advisable depends on the circumstances.”