Posts

  • Pre-pandemic performance issues – start over or continue? (10/19/2020) Q:  I put one of my employees on a warning back in January, 2020.  He was not performing and he was tardy a lot and had 3 absences in January.  Then, March, 2020 comes and we had to leave our … Continued
  • How to respond to COVID-19 or flu in the workplace? (10/12/2020) Q: I am a manager of an office north of Boston.  We have been doing a good job managing through the pandemic.  As winter rolls around, I am worried about cold and flu season.  Every year, we have someone that … Continued
  • Ignoring mask requirement in the office (9/28/2020) Q: I manage a small office in Massachusetts.  There is a core group working in the office and then the rest of our employees are working remotely.  The plan is to continue this arrangement until at least year-end.  Most of … Continued
  • Performance concerns and returning to the office (9/21/2020) Q:  Before March, 2020, I had issued warnings to two of the nineteen staff members.  Since the pandemic, many of them have had challenges with COVID-19, schooling issues with their kids, childcare, fear of the workplace and others in close … Continued
  • We are confused about hybrid and remote learning! HELP! (8/31/2020) Q:  My husband and I have three kids.  We are completely confused about something called FFCRA and how that may apply to our family in mid-September when our public school starts.  A few questions – 1. Do these benefits only … Continued
  • With virtual learning, how to manage with school-age kids? (8/24/2020) Q:  I am struggling with keeping up with Zoom meetings for my job.  I am supposed to be working 9am to 5pm but have 2 grade school children home with me.  I am able to keep up with some of … Continued
  • I am nervous about returning to the workplace (8/3/2020) Q: I am working from home because of the pandemic and I feel safe.  Can my company force me to return to the workplace?  I think I am doing a fine job from home.  How are companies handling this?   … Continued
  • Can I ask an employer about COVID-19 office cleaning? (7/27/2020) Q: I am interviewing for a job in a suburban office park.  I am worried about the hygiene of the office and if they have followed COVID-19 cleaning protocols.  Can I ask if they have kept this virus out of … Continued
  • Furlough vs. layoff — I’m confused! (7/6/2020) Q: I have been furloughed recently, because my company has been hurt by this pandemic.  What is the difference between a furlough and a layoff?  Should I be looking for a new job?  My manager is not even sure what … Continued
  • Can I refuse to wear a mask in my office? (6/29/2020) Q: I just returned to my office last week.  I am only working at our office a few days per week.  Our manager is requiring that we wear some type of face covering.  Some employees are wearing homemade masks some … Continued