Tag Archives: employee engagement

The Best Reason to Ditch Your Employee-of-the-Month Program

Decades before now, some HR gal (that’s what we were called back then) came up with a plan: Here’s a thought! We’ll pick one employee every month and crown that person Employee of the Month! We’ll put his picture on a wall and give him a gift certificate to Sizzler!  And then another middle-manager, Frank, […]

The R in HR Doesn’t Stand for Rah-Rah

Every year—right around the holidays, actually—some HR buzzword starts to irritate me.  The rock in my loafer this year is the word “engagement.”  This is because so many seem to confuse it with the word “appreciation.”  And when you confuse the two, the result is wasted time and money. Engaging employees is on everyone’s mind […]

Who’s Who in Difficult Personalities

Maybe you think you’re a breeze, a real picnic to work with.  Who?  Me?  Have a difficult personality?  Never.  It’s all those other folks who have the problem!  Or maybe you don difficult traits to protect yourself. Perhaps you think being difficult is necessary in your position of power.  You’re wrong on that.  Very wrong. […]

Valentine to My Staff

Before my career in HR, I was a teacher.  In my early twenties, I remember being nervous and wrote a letter to my favorite professor of all time (back then we didn’t have emails).  I asked him what his secret was.  How in the world did he get all his students to learn, to do […]

A Simple Menu for Employee Engagement: What In-N-Out Burger Can Teach HR

So, I have a secret crush on In-N-Out.  Not because I eat a lot of burgers, shakes and fries, but because they have created an enviable work environment.   If you’ve ever been there, you’ll know what I’m talking about.  The teenager flipping your burger does so with a smile and style.  He or she is […]