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Simple steps can help employers deflect unionization

November 23, 2010
Adopt appropriate corporate policies and practices • Prohibit solicitors on dealership property during work hours. • Control bulletin board postings. • Enforce policies against harassment. Maintain employer-employee communications • Be visible and accessible • Establish formal and informal procedures to overcome problems and complaints. • Distribute up-to-date employee handbooks. • Conduct periodic attitude surveys. Review employee pay and benefits • Stay in-line with competitors. • Listen to suggestions for no-cost/low-cost perks Enforce discipline fairly • Be consistent. • Allow for an informal appeals process. Administer employee evaluations
• Get meaningful training for those responsible for performance evaluations. • Document all incidents, establish a paper trail. • Explain why raises or promotions were not awarded, or feelings may fester. • Conduct exit interviews.