Fran Lefavour

Fran Lefavour

About Fran Lefavour

Fran Lefavour has been in the Human Resources field for over 30 years and has been involved with a number of state and regional organizations including the NH Workers’ Compensation Appeals board and NH Wage & Hour Penalty Appeals Board. Fran also served as Vice Chair of the Business & Industry Association Human Resources Committee and Chair of the BIA Worker’s Compensation Subcommittee. Fran’s is viewed as an expert in the area of workers’ compensation case management and is frequently asked to speak to groups regarding claims management and reducing workers’ compensation costs.

Bullying Behavior

Dear Fran, I feel like we have a new trend in the workplace with more employees reporting “bullying” behavior.  In some cases their managers are discussing performance issues with them and they are coming into HR telling me that the manager is bullying them.  In other cases, it is not as clear cut, especially when [...]

2019-02-07T11:34:46-04:00February 7th, 2019|Ask Fran|

Looking for Answers

Dear Fran, I give up!!  I am always sending emails, memos and passing on information about compliance, new areas of concern, training opportunities, new ways to involve our employees in their work and anything else I think top management needs to know.  I never get acknowledgement that I have been heard.  Just last week after [...]

2018-05-25T10:02:05-04:00December 1st, 2018|Ask Fran|

Social Media in the Workplace

Dear Fran, We are an established company with a number of long-term employees.  Recently we have been hiring employees in some of the generations new to the workforce.  They are very involved in social media with texting/tweeting and talking about their lives in the public media.  Several of our longer term employees have been reading [...]

2018-05-25T10:04:30-04:00November 1st, 2018|Ask Fran|

Violence in the Workplace?

Dear Fran, I recently attended a HR meeting where they had a consultant speak about how to handle violence in the workplace.  They stated that most businesses have employees with mental health issues and that in cases where those issues resulted in death or trauma, the business was aware of the developing mental health problem.  [...]

2018-05-25T10:08:35-04:00October 1st, 2018|Ask Fran|

Finding Employees in a Booming Job Market

Dear Fran, We are growing, and finding employees has become one of our biggest issues.  Recently an organization that works with people with barriers to employment visited our office and spoke about their pool of applicants.  We have not had a disabled employee before and don’t know what to expect.  Will we have to re-do [...]

2018-05-25T10:14:22-04:00September 1st, 2018|Ask Fran|

There’s Been a Theft, Now What?

Dear Fran, We have a serious situation at work and our management team doesn’t agree on how to handle it.  Our maintenance manager found an expensive tool (that has been missing from the company) at the local pawn shop.  For his records, the pawn shop proprietor takes pictures of everyone with the item they want [...]

2018-02-26T15:21:13-04:00March 1st, 2018|Ask Fran|

Really, there’s no Fun in Dysfunction

Dear Fran, I just started a new job as Office Manager with a company of 30 employees and growing. Some of my duties involve employee issues and human resource compliance. I am so frustrated because if you looked up ‘dysfunction’ in the dictionary, our picture would be next to the word. No one seems to [...]

2018-02-09T08:41:58-04:00February 8th, 2018|Ask Fran|

Are You Constantly Extinguishing HR Fires?

Dear Fran, Sometimes I feel like my job is out of control and all I do is fight employee fires.  It seems that every time I turn around I have another “situation” with employees or another supervisor coming through the door with a problem employee.  We have under 100 employees but are in a small [...]

2017-12-07T14:22:29-04:00November 29th, 2017|Ask Fran|

Setting Goals for your Company

Dear Fran, Last year we implemented a goal based culture for our company.  Now, I am concerned that it may be starting to fall apart and people are losing interest in the concept.  What can we do to keep the process alive and interesting? Dear Concerned, Unfortunately our company goals and objectives need constant attention [...]

2017-11-02T09:15:39-04:00November 2nd, 2017|Ask Fran|

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