Thursday, June 16th, 2022

An HR Refresher

“I am convinced that nothing we do is more important than hiring and developing people. At the end of the day, you bet on people, not on strategies.” – Lawrence Bossidy 

Maybe your firm is large enough to have a dedicated HR director. In many firms, the firm administrator (practice manager) is the one who fields most HR questions. No matter what size your firm YOU need to be careful what you say or do, especially if you are a partner or manager.

Here’s a good reminder/refresher from Inc. – “If you say one of these 11 phrases at work, prepare to be sued.”

Here are the eleven phrases. Have you ever said them? Read the entire article and share it inside your firm.

  • “I’ll just 1099 this employee.”
  • “He’s salaried, I don’t need to worry about overtime.”
  • “Non-competes are not enforceable, right?”
  • “I’ll handle this EEOC charge on my own.”
  • “This complaint is stupid, I’m not even going to respond to it.”
  • “Aren’t you proud that we have an all-female [or any other protected characteristic] team?”
  • “I’ll just find an employment contract online.”
  • “I’m going to dock your pay if you…[fill in the blank].”
  • “I’m a nice guy, I don’t want to have that conversation.”
  • “Just tell them they are performing fine.”
  • “This employee is a problem, let’s move them to a different role.” 

The article explains each phrase.

  • "Train people well enough so they can leave. Treat them well enough so they don’t want to."
  • Richard Branson

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