Many of us are familiar with the term ‘employee engagement’, whereby the extent to which our employees are engaged and happy to come to work, our organizations will be productive and profitable. A whole host of books and articles have been written on the topic of employee engagement, including how to assess for it, analyze the results, improve upon the results, and to sustain good results. OK, but where should one begin?Read More
I recently returned from the Virginia SHRM State Conference in Norfolk. One of the many concurrent sessions offered was, Managing Intermittent FMLA: Top Tools for Curbing FMLA Abuse, by David A. Kushner of Wilcox Savage. Just when you think you’ve heard or seen it all, we learned something new.Read More
When was the last time you looked at your organization’s performance evaluation, if, you still use one? If you have one, are you happy with it? Research shows that more than one-third of our nation’s organizations have abandoned the traditional annual performance evaluation in favor of more frequent, informal ‘check-ins’ between managers and employees.Read More
Employee Volunteer Programs are enjoying increased popularity. Does your organization have one? If you’re asking yourself, “Why would I want one?” you’re not alone. Read on.Read More
As a student of psychology, I’m an avid people watcher. At work, most of us are tethered to our laptops, tablets, or smartphones; sending e-mails, instant messages, and texts by the truckloads.
I find it interesting how many of my co-workers will e-mail or instant message me instead of walking a short distance to ask me their question or tell me about their concern in person. I also notice that I receive fewer phone calls even from external sources intent on selling me something. Instead, I receive additional e-mails.Read More
Recently, a local college student found my LinkedIn profile and asked if she could interview me about working in Human Resources Management (HRM) in a healthcare organization. I was glad to talk with her, having spent my whole career in HRM.Read More
Have you ever stepped back and taken a good long look at how we connect in the workplace?
Let Me Count the Ways
After reading the TED blog, Career advice for millennials (and really anyone) from Margaret Heffernan, it got me thinking. When I need to communicate with someone in the office, I try to go and visit with that person. This gets me up and away from my desk, puts me on the other person's turf, and it's usually the most satisfying way to communicate. You can see each other's body language, and you can 'squeeze in' one or two additional topics. And you've either made or strengthened a connection.Read More
It's time to 'fess up. We all have them - ingrained conscious and unconscious biases. Why do we naturally gravitate to the familiar and are a bit wary of the unfamiliar? Recently, Starbucks made headlines when they closed all of their stores for a half-day, all-staff training on discrimination and bias.Read More
While attending a recent HR conference, I was struck by hearing (more than once) that we will not have enough skilled workers to meet our organizations' needs - both now and in the future.Read More
Those of us who are in or nearing the end of our career may be seriously considering some form of entrepreneurship. In the past, we may have hung up our briefcase with one hand and picked up our golf bag with the other. While this may have served to satisfy in the past, today, many end-of-career folks want something more.Read More