Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute

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DON’T: Wait Until the Last Minute – Tulsa Employment Providers

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I had an employee that called me on Memorial Day at 5:30pm to tell me she would not be coming in the next day because her husband is in town and she wanted to spend time with him. He had been there all weekend, but she waited until the last possible second to call in, putting me in a bind finding a replacement the evening of a holiday.

Who knows a better way to handle this?

DO: Give Yourself and Others Options

Most people will wait until the end of the weekend/holiday to call in to work out of fear of confrontation. But doing this actually makes things worse! You are going to have to deal with the confrontation eventually so the earlier it’s handled the easier it will be for both parties involved.

Instead of calling at the last minute and telling me what she’s doing, if she would have called early, explained the situation, and asked what her options are I would have told her to talk to go in and talk to her manager about taking the time off (which she would have had no problem with). The manager would have time to find a replacement, and she would still be in good standing with superiors.

DON’T: Give Too Many Details

I had an employee call me yesterday and tell me that she had to miss work the next day because she had a court case that she had to be at.  I told her that was fine and we will see you on Friday.

As a reader, what are you thinking about this employee?  Is your imagination running wild with why is she going to court?  Are your assumptions positive or negative?

DO: Choose Your Words Wisely

Do you see how this was a big mistake.  Let me give some advice as to how she could have handled this situation better.  What if she just told me that she had something personal that she could not miss and that she would be there the following day?

I would never have known the difference.  And since I have personal stuff come up myself, I completely understand.  But one thing that I do know:  I don’t attend court very often and it’s usually not a positive situation.  That is something that does not come up in my life and therefore, I am much more uncomfortable with it.

For all I know.  This could be something that is completely not her fault.  She could have involuntarily seen a crime and she was a key witness to the case for the police.  But my first knee-jerk reaction is that it is something negative.

Keep your personal life at home and your professional life at work

Your personal business is your personal business.  Draw an imaginary line between your business life and your personal life.  Don’t cross that imaginary line.  Your co-workers/boss does not need to be tangled in your personal affairs. It seems like an easy concept but following this guideline will keep you a step above the rest!

HR Tip of the week:

Is your department taking advantage of the HIRE Act?

In March 2010, the US government passed the HIRE Act that gives employers a tax cut for hiring employees who were hired out of unemployment.  It is very easy to file with your accountants.  Following  are some of the highlights. and here is a link to the W-11 form that you have to fill out and give to your accountant.

Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act

2010 HIRE Act: Tax Breaks for Small Business

President Obama signed the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act on March 18, 2010. This new $17.5 billion legislation (scaled down from an earlier $150 billion package) is of particular interest to businesses as it includes new tax benefits directly related to hiring employees and writing off investments in equipment.

The new tax incentives for businesses to hire unemployed workers:

  • payroll tax exemption of the employers share of Social Security taxes on wages paid to these workers after March 18, 2010.
  • employer tax credit of up to $1,000 per worker

The new employees must meet these criteria in order to qualify for the business tax credits.

  • hired between Feb 3, 2010 & Jan 1, 2011
  • newly-hired employee was unemployed during the 60 days prior to starting work, or worked fewer than 40 hours for someone else during the 60 day period

Household employers are not eligible for the new tax benefits.