Of the many factors considered in making employment decisions, on-the-job performance is the most important and possibly the most critical. The efforts you make to consistently hold employees accountable will be visible and have a direct effect on employee performance and the performance of the organization. Whenever your employment decisions are clearly and specifically related to job performance, your decisions are much more likely to be accepted by your employees. Additionally, the motivational power of your reward system is increased, the need for third-party intervention is diminished, and your exposure to employment-related claims and lawsuits is reduced.
What you’ll take away:
• An understanding of the importance of providing regular meaningful feedback focused on accountability
• Supervision techniques
• How and when to develop a performance improvement plan
• What to do when you need to take disciplinary action
• Making the decision to terminate the employment relationship
Presenter: Deb Whitworth
Deb Whitworth, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is the Owner and CEO of HR Studio Group, LLC. In over 30 years of human resources management and leadership experience, she has helped a variety of nonprofit and for-profit services and industries build and maintain compliant cultures of excellence. Deb was appointed by the Governor of Maine as Commissioner with the Maine Human Rights Commission in 2011 to complete an unexpired term and reappointed to fill full five-year terms in 2012 and 2017. An outspoken advocate for disability rights, she was pleased to be elected in 2015 to the board of The Cromwell Center for Disabilities Awareness and accepted the role of Treasurer in 2021. Named the Maine HR Leader of the Year in 2012, Deb is a frequent presenter on human resources and compliance topics at conferences and business functions, She is also an instructor in the HR Certificate Program at the University of Southern Maine, and leads the SHRM-SCP/SHRM-CP Certification Preparatory Course at University of Southern Maine.
Prior to being elected as Director of the Maine State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management, she served as President of the largest SHRM chapter in the state—the Human Resources Association of Southern Maine. Deb previously was employed by Mercer, a global human resources firm, Managing Director at Lebel and Harriman, Vice President of Human Resources at the Waldron Group of Companies, and the Regional Human Resources Manager at Central Maine Medical Center.
Deb holds a Bachelors' Degree in Communications from Kent State University in Ohio. She earned her Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation from the Human Resources Certification Institute in 2002 and was among the first HR professionals in the country to earn her SHRM-SCP (Senior Certified Professional) designation in 2014.
HR Thursdays are presented in partnership with the LA Metro Chamber, Central Maine Human Resource Association and the Lewiston CareerCenter and offer employers resources and tools to help gain a competitive edge. Presenters will share best practices to businesses owners, HR staff and hiring managers in order to create meaningful recruitment, training, and retention strategies. HR Thursdays allow participants, whether employers of one employee or 1500, gain information needed to survive the labor shortage while giving tangible, and usable, tools and resources.