I have been thinking a lot about my profession – human resources – lately. I have come to the conclusion that there is no other field or discipline in organizations that is as complex and varied as the field of HR
Those in Finance, Marketing or Operations may disagree, and certainly that would be an interesting dialogue. But I would like to explore this idea of the complexities of HR just a bit.
What strikes me is that those aspiring to become HR leaders must have a reasonable grounding in: Read more…
What does the ideal organization look like?
Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones have been looking at this question for more than three years. Their research found six common principles that cut across circumstance, industry, and individual ambitions.
In their Harvard Business Review article, Creating the Best Workplace on Earth, they reveal these six principles: Read more…
As a Baby Boomer teen born to Depression-era parents, I never heard that term once.
It didn’t exist back then and, if it had, it would have never come out of my father’s mouth. Hard work was his life, and when he had a day off, he worked. To my dad and those who were his age and older, balance was something you did to your checkbook when the statement arrived.
It wasn’t until the late 1980s when this three-word term entered the American lexicon, and it wasn’t popularized until the late 1990s. Now, those three words are said in conjunction as frequently as pass the salt. Read more…
Culture. I write about it all the time, yet I never seem to unpack all the myriad facets of culture.
Just think about all the different ways the word itself can be used:
- A “cultured” person – one who carefully monitors their own behaviors so that they align with the best expectations of the environment they are in.
- Cultured pearls – a thing of beauty created by human intervention into a natural process.
- Ethnic or geographic culture – the traditions, behaviors and even expectations of a people group as defined over a very long period of time.
- Company culture – “the way we do things around here.” Read more…
OK, so you should onboard new employees, make sure that they understand the mission and goals of your department, review policies and procedures, go over the performance management process you will be using …
I guess that sounds a little like teaching. But, could it be that maybe you’re not the best person to teach your employees everything?
Maybe you also have a responsibility to provide an opportunity for them to learn from others and in other situations too. If you’re fortunate enough to work in a company that formalizes some of these approaches for your employees, great.
If not, step up. Read more…
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer got the world talking earlier this year when an internal memo was leaked, effectively announcing her intention to put an end to the company’s work from home policy.
Beginning in June, employees who work from home will be expected to start working from the office:
To become the absolute best place to work, communication and collaboration will be important, so we need to be working side-by-side. That is why it is critical that we are all present in our offices.”
Of course, this announcement was greeted with a lot of criticism from the tech community and proponents of flexible work environments. Read more…
Here’s the scenario:
You have an opening and you do your recruiting thing. You find a candidate, and lo and behold, they are great!
What luck, you think to yourself. The hiring manager is going to thrilled. Boy, my job is easy!
Do I need to even go on?
You set up the interview with the hiring manager. She also thinks the candidate is great. Done deal, you think to yourself. Then “it” happens. Read more…
How are you going to deal with a new culture? Do you think the leadership style in another country will make a difference? I know that you can be very opinionated, but you may need to tone it down in another country.
Questions about workplace culture have always intrigued me. What is a successful model so that you are accepted into a new environment?
What if you are rejected? How can you get a sense up front to make the changes to increase your chance of success? What will you have to give up — and what will they have to give up?
These are all interesting questions, and they are all relevant. Read more…
When you fly, do you actually pay attention to the airline safety announcement?
Neither do I.
These FAA-mandated announcements are, for the most part, monotonous, mundane, and insulting to the intelligence of anyone with a fifth grade education. Instructing passengers on how to fasten their seat belt by inserting the end with the clip into the metal buckle? PLEEZE!
However, this past week I experienced one that made me drop my USA Today Sports section, as it captured my undivided attention for nearly five minutes. Read more…
Editor’s Note: Sometimes, readers ask about past TLNT articles they may have missed. That’s why on Fridays we republish a Classic TLNT post some of you have asked about.
Occasionally, into each life, a little rain must fall.
In this case, the “rain” is an unhappy employee; this isn’t an “if,” it’s a “when” because, when you deal with employees, eventually someone will feel unheard, uncared for, or mistreated.
Should this unhappy employee ruin your day? Quite the contrary. If this person takes the time, energy, and effort to speak up and air their grievances – you owe them a huge debt of gratitude. Read more…