Executive Book Club: September 2014

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You’ve seen it happen time and time again. We work backwards. That is, we begin focusing on an employment relationship as it nears its end; e.g., when our employee is not performing as expected and we are thinking about letting him go. That’s when your legal counsel or HR administrator asks the eternal question, “Do you have any documentation?” Then, when you let the employee go and you think you’ve done your job, you receive a charge from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, your state, or local commission.

It is in that spirit that From Hello to Goodbye is written -- to reflect not how this process should work but how it often happens: backwards. You may start at the end of the book, which is the beginning of the employment relationship; or start at the beginning of the book, which is the end of the employment relationship. Either way, when you finish this book, you will have some new insights, practical tips, and ideas for ensuring that the door does not hit you on the employee’s way out. 

The lessons provided in this book will make you more proactive and prepared. And it will reinforce the fact that a successful last day of work begins on that very first day of work.

 

About the Author:

Christine V. Walters MAS, JD, SPHR, is an independent consultant doing business as FiveL Company in Maryland and has nearly 25 years of combined experience in HR administration, management, employment law practice, and teaching. She has been engaged as an expert witness, and testified before the U.S. Congress, state legislative committees, and federal administrative agencies.

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