Tag Archives: tools to improve workplace satisfication

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 […]

For a Work-Life Balance, We Need More than a Time Change

I have given plenty of advice over the years about finding and maintaining a work-life balance.  After having a much needed extra hour sleep, with my brain feeling somewhat refreshed, I’ve decided that my advice was leaving something important out of equation. See, I’ve always associated this whole balance thing with how much time you spend […]

How to Take a Real Vacation and Mean It!

In a couple of weeks, I’m taking a vacation.  And this year, for the first time in a decade, I plan on taking a real one.  For those business leaders out there whose vacations are only defined as not being physically on site, you’ll understand what I’m saying. Given this, it’s ironic that I am […]

Why “You Don’t Have to Like Each Other–You Just Have to Work Together” Is the Biggest Lie We Tell Our Staff and What to Do About It

During exit interviews, employees list “the people I worked with” as the most common reason they enjoyed working at a company.  On the other hand, they often indicate that it was a person or a group of people who caused them to leave.   The conclusion is obvious:  whether you like or dislike your co-workers is […]

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 Fish Rots from the Head Down: Why and How to Manage Management

Sure, people will leave your company if they have better or more profitable opportunities.  They’ll also leave if they don’t fit into the workplace culture.   What I’ve mostly seen, however, are people jumping ship because of poor management.  But losing star employees isn’t the only reason a company should make managing management a top priority.  […]

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 […]

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 […]