Three workforce issues I wanted you to be aware of:
1. Medical Marijuana Laws: There is some confusion and uncertainty with the legalization of medical marijuana in Maine and Massachusetts, while federal law stills treats it as an illegal drug. Though I am not going to cover the regulations here (call me with questions), you should know that neither state requires employers to permit drug use in the workplace or tolerate employees who report to work under the influence. Again, call me regarding compliance, policies, drug testing rules and handling the conflicting requirements under state and federal laws.
2. Companies Picking Bad Managers: According to a Gallop study just released, companies fail to choose the right talent for manager positions 82% of the time. And, managers account for 70% of the variance in employee engagement scores. Gallop notes that bad managers can generally be blamed for most low morale of workers. As you know, low morale and engagement are the determining factors in productivity, quality and retention levels. Call me if you need help assessing candidates for supervisory positions as well as training and coaching your existing supervisors and managers.
3. Warning Signs that An Employee Is Likely to Quit: According to a Utah State University Study, there are clear warning signs that an employee is likely to quit within months. Some of the warning signs include:
- Showing less interest in advancing in the organization
- Seeming less interest in pleasing their boss than before
- Acting more reluctant to commit to long-term projects
- Exhibiting less interest in training and development
- Offering fewer constructive contributions in meetings
- Suggesting fewer new ideas
- Doing the minimum amount of work needed
If you begin seeing this with one of your employees, you may have an employee who is preparing to quit. Give me a call and we can discuss how best to handle this.