Tag Archives: employee satisfaction

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 […]

How to Develop Grace Under Pressure

Think of a stressful situation you’ve had at work and try to remember the actual feelings you endured.  That’s right, feelings.  Here are a few examples:  panic, anger, fear, anxiety, resentment, shame, helplessness, hopelessness and frustration.  The list goes on, but these are the standard.  And we don’t enjoy feeling any of them.  What’s more, […]

How to Work with Tricky Personalities Without Losing Your Mind (or Your Job)

They’re everywhere, and you can’t change them.  You can complain to your supervisor or HR, but tricky personalities can only change themselves, just as you can only change yourself. So what are your options, then, besides losing your mind or finding a new job?  Here are a few tips on how to handle difficult co-workers. […]

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. […]

Top Ten Qualities of the Best Employees: You Know Who You Are

So you’ve read blog after blog detail the dos and don’ts of leadership or what it means to be a good or bad boss.  I think it’s only fair to round these out by detailing what it means to be a great employee.  Though a great manager can certainly accomplish more on paper with her […]

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 […]

Develop Your People! What Leaders Can Learn from Jon Stewart

Last week, Stewart announced that John Oliver is leaving the Daily Show.  Like other Daily Show veterans, Oliver now has his own show.  As Stewart beamed with obvious pride, Oliver—whom Stewart allowed to fill in as host last summer—wept.  Stewart, on the other hand, is always happiest when others succeed.  Leaders, take heed.    It’s […]

Playing the Game of Survivor at Work

Season 100,432 of Survivor airs this Sunday.  Okay, so I don’t really know what season they’re on, nor do I care.  I only know that shows like this are my guilty pleasure.  And I confess to watching nearly every episode from the moment Richard Hatch moseyed across the sand in all his nudie glory. Maybe […]

Aspire to Inspire in the 21st Century Workplace: Part One

Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is most important that you do it. –Gandhi    Whatever you are, be a good one. –Abraham Lincoln  In~spire:  to breathe or blow upon or into; to infuse (life, etc. into) by breathing; to draw air into the lungs; to inhale; to have an animating effect upon; […]