Do you have friends at work? What about a best friend?
Do you think this is too “soft” a question to be asking about the workplace environment?
Having friends at work matters – for many reasons:
- It increases employee engagement. Gallup asks just 12 questions to gauge employee engagement and one is “I have a best friend at work.” Read more…
The one great thing I love about going to HR and talent conferences is that you always get reminded about what really good HR should look like.
It doesn’t mean that your shop will be there, but it gives you something to shoot for.
I’ll admit, sometimes it can be frustrating listening to some HR Pro from a great brand tell you how they “built” their great employment brand through all their hard work and brilliant ideas. And all the while, not mentioning anything about “oh, yeah, and we already had this great brand that marketing spends $100 million a year to keep great!” Read more…
“Can you make the connection for me? I would love to get an opportunity with them based on this article.”
The other email read, “Could you send a copy of my resume over to her and tell her to “help a brother out.”
Friday is a day for me to connect back to the U.S. with requests like the one above, follow-up, and meet new people. But sometimes I get a little perturbed with the level of request and the cluelessness of the people making it.
Granted, I do know a lot of people and I am always willing to share my network with them. The problem is that sometime the requestors do not realize is that this is the major leagues. This career conundrum is a serious business. Read more…
“We’ve got our first scrimmage.”
Players love to hear those words from the coach because scrimmages are much more fun than squat thrusts, windmills, or shoulder and hip rotations.
Scrimmaging is as close to a real game as you can get without the hoopla, and it serves multiple functions in sports and at work. Read more…
Better get ready for all that “seat at the table” talk again.
Global enterprise software developer recently SAP partnered with Oxford Economics on a global study focused on the future of work, but it’s the six critical workforce issues facing HR professionals that they listed that got my attention — and should get yours.
Workforce 2020 is the result of a survey of more than 5,400 employees and executives interviewed by Oxford Economics in 27 countries, and overall, the key finding is that two-thirds of businesses have not made significant progress toward building a workforce that will meet their future business objectives. Read more…
By Eric B. Meyer
You have an employee handbook, an anti-harassment policy, training, the whole nine yards.
But sometimes, notwithstanding your best efforts to create a positive, respectful workplace, you receive a complaint from an employee who claims to be the victim of harassment based on [insert protected class here].
All the measures you’ve already installed mean nothing unless you respond to the that complaint appropriately. Read more…
Last May, I posted a story of a young man who had been identified by a Fortune 100 firm as a high potential and placed into a leadership development program to prepare for the possibility of promotion into the executive ranks.
The story was unfinished, as a month after his Director left the organization and the young man had been appointed as interim Director, the VP told him that they were considering outsourcing the position.
The young man was disappointed, but he was determined to show the organization that he could handle the position as interim, on the chance that they decided to keep it in-house.
I described this process as “talent management gone wrong.” Read more…
Recruiters are not HR professionals. And not all HR professionals are recruiters.
In companies, it’s typical to see recruiting fall under the broad human resources umbrella but it shouldn’t. Recruiting and HR need to be totally separate job functions joined at the hip so they can collaborate on succession planning, onboarding and the business-related priorities surrounding humans.
Full time recruiters are not HR professionals. They’re recruiting professionals. Read more…
“The truth is, everything that has happened in my life, that I thought was a crushing event at the time, has turned out for the better. You learn that a temporary defeat is not a permanent one. In the end, it can be an opportunity.”
This was a statement from one of the wealthiest people in the world, Warren Buffett. It is also a very true statement.
When we stare defeat in the face, it sometimes frightens us. It completely shakes up our equilibrium, but eventually, we will realize that it all worked out. Read more…
It crossed my mind once or twice that my life would be much improved if I’d simply take a vow of silence.
In fact, I once said to a good friend, “I think I’m going to take a vow of silence. I’ll only speak when spoken to and avoid offering any opinion, suggestion, or comment.”
“You’re crazy,” my friend snorted disdainfully. Read more…