Welcome to the August 2009 issue of Alignment Solutions! We are pleased to announce the premier of several new features on our web site this month:
Our article series called Research News You Can Use selects findings of academic research that are applicable in the workplace, and suggests how you might implement them in your organization.
August Topic: The ROI of Supporting Your Supervisors
Premise:Research shows that supervisors' perceptions of senior management's support of them has a direct impact on how they treat employees. This, in turn, affects employees' performance and the way they view the organization. We list 7 things senior management can do to increase the benefits organizations realize by supporting their supervisors.
This month's theme is "making wise choices." Major changes are about to occur in most U.S. workplaces. While employers will have little or no control or influence over those changes, they still have choices available to them. First, they can educate themselves and their employees. Second, they can take preventive actions aimed at the causes of the undesirable outcomes. Third, they can identify and engage in contingent actions to legally and ethically address the effects of the outcomes if preventive measures fail or are insufficient.
The Feature Article, "What You Don't Know about the NLRB Could Hurt You," lists seven things employers and employees need to know about the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The Board's rulings have the effect of federal law, and the new Board is getting ready to make some decisions that will have major impacts on the way many employers do business. Don't be caught by surprise!
In "Seven Tips to Prepare for the New NLRB," the Business Solutions section suggests one preventive and six contingent actions your organization can take to prepare for the anticipated Board decisions.
In the Personal Solutions section, section, "Pay Now or Pay Later: The Choice Is Yours" addresses two approaches to avoiding or managing negative or undesirable outcomes that life sends our way.
I invite you to visit my web site at www.BusinessAlignmentStrategies.com to find other articles and resources that may be of value to you and your colleagues. I welcome your feedback!
What You Don't Know about the NLRB Could Hurt You
It is safe to say that relatively few employers and even fewer employees can accurately identify the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and describe its role. Yet this five-member panel is about to transform the nature of the workplace. Here are seven things employers and employees need to know about the NLRB.
The bottom line: you ignore NLRB rulings at your peril. While even some management attorneys acknowledge that Board decisions made recently, especially during the Bush years, went too far in favoring employers, statements by Chair Liebman indicate her intention to push the pendulum to the other extreme. Are you prepared for the upcoming wild ride?
To learn more about the National Labor Relations Board and its rulings, visit the agency's web site at www.nlrb.gov. For suggestions about what you can do to legally and ethically mitigate some of the anticipated changes, please see our article "Seven Tips to Prepare for the New NLRB."