Should You Or Not Fire Your Employee?

You are a manager in your firm. You are a great people’s person. You have the ability to drive your team to achieve their targets. They feel inspired and not forced to complete their work. Kudos! You are as wonderful as a manager can get. They love you for making them feel happy and in turn you get work done. It is a beautiful symbiotic relationship except that there is one snag. You may have everything going just right but there may a manager sitting above you who does not understand how everything is perfect. Or maybe this manager is from the HR department.

Here is a simple case study.  One of the employees, a team member may be doing very well. She may have earned client appreciation, has never skipped deadlines and has been an outstanding worker in terms of skills and creativity. She may also should-you-or-not-fire-your-employee2be an excellent multi-tasker and  you do not know how you’ll manage without her.

But the HR manager notices that this star employee has a problem. She arrives a few minutes late every day. That may be around less than five minutes late. The HR manager is perhaps old school or just plain one-dimensional. But nothing else matters in his world. He observes this tendency, issues your star performer a couple of warnings and the next thing  you know is that he shoves the company  rule book at you and asks you to fire her.

You are bewildered and do not know what to do. Should you fire an employee if she was a few minutes late when everything else about her was great. You dig a little more and understand she is actually experiencing some trauma in her personal life and is in need of help. Despite that she is working flawlessly with the team. Instead of rewarding her, the HR manager is asking you to fire her. These are not normal circumstances.

Here is what you should in such or similar situations. Just talk this out with a senior official who trusts and understands you. Also she must be aware of her rights, or she could take the company to court.  Do not fire an employee unless there is a real strong reason.

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President Elect- Donald Trump On Educational Policies

president-elect-donald-trump-on-educational-policiesEver since Donald Trump won the presidential election, there is deep worry, interest and curiosity about his policies and how they will impact the nation. More specific information is being rolled out each day that grabs headlines and eyeballs not just in the United States but the world over. Even before he has officially assumed office, Donald Trump, as president elect has begun affecting key policies, one such that gained attention was their education policy.

Donald Trump’s team is of the belief that their public education system has collapsed because the system offers them no competition. To change this, their policies will center around 3 points – end Common Core, providing parents with choice of school and removal of the federal government hand from the student loaning system.

The way they see it, this empowers parents to choose a school right for their children from the existing president-elect-donald-trump-on-educational-policies2private, charter or public schools and create healthy competition for public schools to excel. They have no other choice but to shape up ship out.

The new policy plans to re-appropriate $20 billion amassed as education funds into vouchers of around $12,000 for parents to avail at a public, private or charter school. The policy also expects the state to chip in with funds nearly five times more than what the federal government doled out towards education.

This system has been affected in Indiana by the Vice-President elect, Mike Pence. Consequently some positive changes were noticed. The overall grade of the state had increased in the National Assessment of Educational Progress. But there is no study correlating the two and may well be an independent accomplishment by schools. No findings revealed that the voucher policy impacted the health of the school system.

There are some initial studies confirming however those students who switched from public to private schools had scored poorly in math.

People have no clues what to conclude. Discussions are still very much underway about its pros and cons. There are no predictions from experts whether the stand taken by the policy makers will pay off.

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Bilingual Education – A Method To Build Superior Brain Power!

ability-to-learn-difficult-subjectsEarlier findings and research indicated that students who learnt a single language, the language used universally for communication, English, throughout their years of education fared better than those who learnt more than one language.  For example those who were exposed to English and Spanish in the United States, did not fare as well as their counterparts who were exposed to English alone. However this inference was later discarded because the experts believed it was severely flawed in one area. The researchers had not considered the economic and social status of the students.

Upon researching with students of similar economic and social backgrounds, a strange anamoly was noticed. Students whoability-to-learn-difficult-subjects3 were bilingual had superior capabilities in learning and cognition in comparison to those who knew only one language. The last twenty years has seen enormous activity in bilingual research to understand the workings of the brain more precisely.

To choose to speak one language, despite knowing two meant that there was great emphasis on attention. If you are not attentive, you cannot switch your language communication. Their empathy levels were higher, their reading comprehension was found to be higher, what’s more, extensive research across 37 states involving around 8 million children in the United States revealed that dual-language children scored better in tests and were happier in general. Besides, knowing another language helps in children embracing diversity, which has long-term effects in building a harmonious society.