Managers should have continual discussions with employees to find out what motivates them, even if the company has done official surveys on the issue, Chris Frede writes. Employees' opinions can change, Frede writes, so it's key to be aware of what can engage workers on a day-to-day basis.
Employee testimonials from workers who have successfully quit smoking are effective in engaging other workers to do the same, employers have found. Another strategy that works: A corporate tobacco-free policy. "Whenever we make an announcement like that, the numbers go off the chart in the weeks afterwards with people thinking 'This is what I need to kick the habit,'" said Fred Williams, the director of health management strategies at Quest Diagnostics.
One false step -- even a big one -- shouldn't necessarily derail someone's career forever, Tim Sackett writes. HR can take the lead in helping to determine if a candidate's past mistakes will be repeated, he writes -- or if the person learned from the transgressions and would be a great hire.