Tag Archives: human resources for the modern world

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, […]

Five Must-Have Qualities for HR Professionals

Over the years, I’ve met some doozies, some HR people who should have chosen different careers. Though I’ve mostly been charmed to work with some of the best in the industry, those few bad eggs sour HR’s reputation as a whole.  Like law enforcement, our occupation has taken a nasty hit due to the mistakes […]

How HR Can Stop Playing the Game of Whack-a-Mole

Let’s say you have a department with an increasing turnover and ongoing complaints. Assuming the complaints are not about egregious acts in violation of labor law, you might find yourself having multiple time-zapping conversations.  You might then be speaking with the manager in an attempt to fix issues and problems.  And in this conversation, the […]

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 […]

Are We Using “Bad Fit” as an Excuse?

I think we might be tossing the phrase “bad fit” around too much.  Lately, I’ve been hearing it used as crutch for all sorts of issue.  And it’s time we step back and question whether or not we’re using “bad fit” as an excuse to avoid managing performance. Let’s first explore what a “bad fit” […]

The Mad Scientist of People Management

Old ways are hard to shake.  This is a hard truth in business despite every applicant claiming to be “an agent for change.”  On a recent Freakonomics podcast, economist Steve Levitt discussed how disinclined people are to say “I don’t know.” He talked of one company that continued running paper insert ads even though they […]

Can’t We All Just Get Along?

I’m irritated.  What’s new, right? But, look, you’re a grown up, and I’m not your mother.  I can’t make your co-worker sit in a corner and think about what he or she has done to hurt your feelings.  I can’t make anyone be nice to each other.  I can’t make anyone like you.  I sure […]

The Need for an HR Renaissance

HR’s bad reputation might be stemming from its common unwillingness and inability to accept or comprehend a new and exciting change in everything from business models to employees, themselves.  And rather than be in front of everything cutting edge, they run behind and slow everything down.  The result is that HR has become a department […]

Three Things that Make HR’s Job Harder than It Should Be

I’ll be speaking on a panel tomorrow on the most difficult things an HR director faces.  When I started to make my notes, the list got longer and longer.  Let’s face it, it’s not always roses and sunshine in the HR world; in fact, our very jobs require us to deal with the prickliest situations […]

Trajectories and Movement: How to Thrive During a Wage Freeze

My HR friends whine a lot about wage freezes.  We’re not competitive, they say.  Our turnover’s so high it doubles as a washing machine.  No doubt, for companies with wage freezes that have always relied on merit increases or COLA to boost their esprit de corps, what’s being said is true. But I’m tired of […]