Tag Archives: human resources

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 […]

Why Sexual Harassment Continues to Plague the Workplace

With all the laws and lawsuits, why is sexual harassment still an issue at work?  Everyone has sat through ongoing training.  Everyone understands the rules.  Yet here I am in HR still dealing with this misconduct.  I could dwell on the sorry state of humanity; rather, I aim to pinpoint why this remains a problem. […]

Five Ways to Become More Likable

Whether you’ll admit it or not, most of you care about whether you are liked by your co-workers.  It just makes life easier if you get along with the people you spend time with.  Plus, work gets done faster.  Though there will always be people who see the world differently than you, becoming more likable […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

HR Is Not a Sorting Hat

Here’s how it usually goes.  The manager complains about an employee’s performance to HR.  The employee, meanwhile, is complaining to HR about being mistreated.   And I’m listening to both.   And, generally, both versions sound legitimate.  On one hand, I want leadership to manage performance.  On the other, I want employees to have an awesome work […]