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Firing at Will: A Manager's Guide by Jay Shepherd

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Throw Out Your Personnel Handbook

Perhaps more than any other chapter, this one might make a lot of managers and HR professionals uneasy. It goes against conventional management wisdom, as well as decades of common practice. So buckle up.

The Trouble with Policies

The trend among employers these days is to have more policies, and more-detailed policies. And employment lawyers like me (well, not really like me) have made it worse, by advising employers that way. Some management lawyers might tell you that these policies are a good tool for companies because they protect them in future litigation.

But I disagree. I think that this growing tendency ...

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