Imagine that you are walking alone across a vacant parking lot on a breezy day, when out of the corner of your eye you notice a crumpled-up bill blowing at your feet.
You immediately step on it to keep it from escaping, and then reach down to discover that it’s a $100 bill. No one is within 500 yards of you, and the wind is swirling leaves and other bits of paper around as far as you can see. You couldn’t find the rightful owner if your life depended on it.
The bill is yours to keep. Read more…
No, I didn’t make another mistake and mean to title this “Employee Discount,” but you were totally in your right to think I would make a mistake!
Yes, we discount our employees. We do this in a number of ways:
- Experience — The 10-year employee is always looked at less than a new employee coming in with 10 years of experience. Read more…
Do you work in HR?
Do you want to be promoted and make more money? Do you like being in charge? Are you ready to help your company make some important decisions?
Well, sorry, your options are limited. Read more…
I have people ask me to help them write a resignation letter, which is a little funny because it really doesn’t matter what you write, because only two things are going to happen:
- They’ll freak out that you are leaving and try and talk you out it.
- They’ll go “Oh, that’s too bad, we will hate to see you go.”
For your ego’s sake, you want No. 1, not No. 2. Read more…
Sometimes even when people agree, and like, and respect each other, they can still find it frustrating to communicate.
Both can be really smart, capable people, but they just don’t get each other — they drive each other crazy.
The issue is that we all have our own preferred style of thinking and communicating.
When we are lucky enough to get a match with our boss, life is easy. When we end up as opposites, the interactions can be highly stressful and annoying, leaving both parties scratching their heads about why this is so difficult. Read more…
A recent article in the Orlando Sentinel caught my attention.
It reports that a leasing company has stopped the process of making tenants agree in the lease to not post bad social media reviews, at the penalty of $10,000. Wow! I must be naïve because I just cannot fathom anyone making such a business decision. Well, it’s good they stopped it.
Reading a little deeper, apparently the leasing company was concerned about a “’growing trend’ of real estate renters posting unjustified and defamatory reviews on social media in order to negotiate lower rents.” OK, that is certainly unfair, if that is actually happening.
Trying to control what people write on social media, however, is a little bit like trying to bail out a sinking canoe. If someone wants to write a negative review and not pay a penalty, they’ll find a way to do it, even if it means getting cousin Gertrude to write the review. Read more…
This week, our postal carrier delivered a controversial piece of mail to the house.
The mail was addressed to a man whose name I didn’t recognize, but we’ve gotten mail that wasn’t ours before, so I didn’t find that to be terribly unsettling.
What set the alarm off in my head was the sender, which happened to be the Pennsylvania State Police. Read more…
Horrible bosses come in all shapes and sizes.
You can probably think of a few previous bosses you’ve had the (dis)pleasure to work for.
According to a recent poll of 2,700 respondents at Monster.com, more than one in three consider their boss to be “horrible” (38 percent) and 54 percent of respondents gave their boss a negative rating. Only 17 percent of respondents gave their boss an “excellent” grade.
While this poll is not scientific, it confirms what we already know — there are some pretty bad bosses out there. Read more…
It first hit me about 8 months ago at a SHRM Thought Leaders retreat in San Diego with 125 senior HR leaders (mostly CHRO’s and heads of function) and academics in a breakout room discussing leadership and specifically managing Gen Y employees.
There were several comments about work ethic and opinions tossed about the room. Then I raised my hand and spoke up.
I said, “How can a room full of 40 and 50 somethings pass judgement on what is needed for the next generation without their contribution?” There were no heads of HR under the age of 33 in the room. Read more…
Have you tried Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches (err, subs)?
My family loves Jimmy Johns! Way too much of my annual income goes to this company!
Here’s a little known fact: I was once offered the head HR position at Jimmy Johns. Read more…