Well, there they go again. Those folks at the Department of Labor (DOL) just can't leave well enough alone. This time they've changed the overtime rules creating administrative/legal headaches for HR departments, and essentially reclassified a lot of people from salaried back to hourly positions. As a result, many franchisee owners are convinced that the impact will be complete demotivation of those who have been 'demoted' by the DOL. Long-term, it probably won't have a negative impact on your franchise business because your high-value employees will be promoted back into an exempt higher-salary position.
Reason says that this change isn't the end of the world, but individual motivation is based more on emotion than on reason. So if you have some disgruntled employees come to you concerned about their take home pay, their ability to grow in the organization, and feeling demotivated because the bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. have decided to change the law, here's how you can help them:
Changes to the DOL rules may stir up concerns of employee turnover, especially in an environment where it is difficult to find good committed people. If you find yourself or your HR department fielding emotional concerns by your employees, try spending your time building them up, rather than bashing the DOL. As former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt used to say, "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
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