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Classic TLNT

The No. 1 Reason You SHOULD Always Drink at Office Parties

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Editor’s Note: The holiday season is here, and TLNT is again getting into the spirit with some classic past holiday posts. Look for them until Christmas Eve.

My dear friend Tim Sackett believes that it’s risky to drink at office functions.

You might say something stupid. You might look foolish. You might put your job on the line. And those are all true if you’re a functional idiot. If you can’t cross the street without holding your mama’s hand, you shouldn’t have a drink at office parties.

If you are like the rest of the world, though, having a drink or two at an office party isn’t a big deal. If anything, it can be a lifesaver. Read more…

Classic TLNT

The No. 1 Reason You Should NEVER Drink at an Office Party

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Editor’s Note: The holiday season is here, and TLNT is again getting into the spirit with some classic past holiday posts. Look for them until Christmas Eve.

An old Tibetan monk once said: “A drunken mouth speaks a sober mind.”

I don’t know if that was actually said by an old monk or just something someone’s grandfather said, but in terms drinking at an office function, it rings as true today as it did when whoever said it, said it.

The ironic part of the statement is that people will go to great lengths to say the opposite. “Oh, Tim, please understand I didn’t mean that you are completely incapable of everything – it was the whiskey talking – I don’t really believe that.” Read more…

Culture, Rewards & Recognition

Even in Tough Times, Employees Deserve a Show of Appreciation

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Last Summer, I followed the Market Basket grocery store saga religiously. I was captivated by the story of non-unionized employees willing to risk their livelihood to keep their CEO. (Here are posts about the walkout and the outcome.)

After a six-week employee walkout and customer boycott, it’s fairly safe assumption the company took a pretty big financial hit. Employees were rightly concerned that years-long traditions around holiday bonuses might not materialize.

Then news broke last week that all associates would indeed receive their deserved bonuses. Read more…

HR Insights, Recruiting and Staffing

Why It Makes Perfect Sense For You to Hire a Hustler

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Hustle (via Merriam-Webster): “To sell or promote energetically and aggressively.”

Hustle (via Urban Dictionary): “Anything you need to do to make money.”

Hustle (via Sackett): “Getting sh*t done with a smile.”

I’ve been thinking a lot lately on what really makes someone successful. I know folks who are completely brilliant, in a way most of us can’t even comprehend, both intellectually and creatively. I know why they’re successful. Read more…

Classic TLNT

The One Thing That HR Really Wants For Christmas

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Editor’s Note: The holiday season is here, and TLNT is again getting into the spirit with some classic past holiday posts. Look for them until Christmas Eve.

OK, before we get started, stop it.

I could have titled this “The One Thing HR Wants for the Holidays,” or “The One Thing HR Wants for Chanukah,” but I didn’t because the majority of people here celebrate Christmas, so I used Christmas.

Breathe in deep HR people (for the record we celebrate both Chanukah and Santa in my house – my kids are equal gift getters!). Read more…

HR Insights, Recruiting and Staffing

Are We Just Getting Too Smart For Our Own Good?

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I read a quote the other day that reminded me that being dumb has never been so unpopular.

The quote was attributed to Diana Galbadon, the author of the Outlander book series, who said: “People ask me why I write strong women, and I say, ‘Well, I don’t like stupid ones.’”

Galbadon’s quip caused me to recollect how I once foolishly chided a manager for including “intelligent” in her job posting, because what’s the point of requesting a smart candidate? Who the hell doesn’t think he’s intelligent? Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

The Annual Office Holiday Party: Is It Really Worth Having One?

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Ahhhh … it’s that time of year again when companies may feel inclined to celebrate the holidays with an office party.

Do you work for one of those companies?

I know that after 2008, many companies opted out of the annual celebration for economic reasons, but there are still those who are offering this type of annual group merriment.

But, I wonder — is it worth it? Read more…

HR Management

HR Roundtable: Is It Actually Possible to Differentiate HR?

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One of the biggest struggles human resources has in organizations is that it tends to blend in with everyone else and doesn’t take steps to differentiate itself.

The November HR Roundtable in Cincinnati got together to talk about this and see if differentiating HR would be possible. They kicked off the forum with the following three questions:

  1. Why is it so difficult for HR to differentiate itself in an organization? Read more…
HR Insights, HR Management

The 3 Things That HR Should Stop Trying to Apologize For

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I think HR Pros apologize way too much.

I got this idea from the Fast Company article 3 Things Professional Women Should Stop Apologizing For, which are:

  • Their financial expectations (i.e., Pay us the same!)
  • Their physical appearance (i.e., Sorry we aren’t club ready – I was up with a sick kid all night!)
  • Their professional accomplishments (i.e., Just because I’m a woman doesn’t mean I can’t brag about what I do great!) Read more…
Culture

Company Culture and “Fit” Are Real – and Really, Really Important

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Editor’s Note: Last month, longtime TLNT contributor Laurie Ruettimann wrote about how Yes, Your Company Culture Is Just a Myth. Some took exception to Laurie’s perspective, including new contributor Ed Frauenheim. Here is his response:

C’mon, Laurie.

It’s one thing to warn against blowing smoke about workplace culture and hiring clones without considering hard data. But to claim in your recent TLNT article that firms don’t have a culture, or that “fit is nonsense,” is itself nonsense.

In fact, the data suggests that company culture is more important than ever to business success. And that paying attention to team chemistry — in addition to competency and character — when hiring is vital. Read more…