Less People, Same Amount of Work? Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, I manage a department in a large manufacturing organization. Some parts of our business are going gangbusters, but my area is suffering from a slowdown due to the restrictions and economic impact of Covid-19. We were able to redeploy some of my people to the busier parts of the business, but still ended…

Reached Your Breaking Point? Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, I thought I could take it, but now I am not so sure. I live in a state that is just now having an explosion of Covid-19 cases. I thought at this point things would be going back to semi-normal, yet it appears things are going from bad to worse. My mother is…

Can’t Share the Real Story? Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine,  I work in HR in a small company and recently had to let someone go. The process is never pleasant—and to make matters a bit more complicated, the terminated employee was a bit of a gossip.  Now that she is gone, many employees are upset and have been speculating out loud about the…

Letting Someone Go: Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, Is it wrong to let someone go if they just aren’t performing?  I have an employee that I originally hired because he seemed to have real promise. I like him a lot as a person, but he never quite “gets it right.” I have given him plenty of chances to improve, but his…