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It’s a lesson I learned while I was working toward an MBA: the most powerful business lessons aren’t the stories of success, but the stories of failure.
Yes, as good as it is to hear about Herb Kelleher and how he built the great workforce culture at Southwest Airlines, I got a lot more out of studying “Chainsaw” Al Dunlap and all the bad stuff he did while systematically tearing down companies (like Sunbeam) and their culture.
This is also true of business wisdom; I always learn a lot more from the bad advice I see popping up from so many so-called experts who have curious notions about what really matters when it comes to managing people and leading a workforce. Read more…
One of the many policies human resource departments develop and implement involve employee sick leave.
Paid sick days are usually offered by an organization as part of their benefits package.
- In some companies, employees are given an allotment of days to use throughout the year.
- There are other businesses where paid sick days are accrued over the course of the year and can vary based on years of service. Read more…
The question caught me off guard.
I’d been offered a promotion, and my manager and I were now talking money. In response to my salary request, he’d asked, “Do you think what you’ll be doing is all that different from what you’re doing now?”
For a split second, I wondered if this was a trick question. If I gave the wrong answer, would I end up making less money?
But my boss seemed genuinely curious, so I paused to give his query some serious thought. Read more…
Picture the scene:
Your company doesn’t have enough money in the annual merit spend budget to grant more than an average 2 percent increase to employees, so the powers that be decide “let’s give everyone a flat 2 percent increase and call it a day.”
Has this happened to you? The practice is what some would call a “pay-for-pulse” strategy, where if you haven’t been fired on the date of the scheduled increase, then you’re going to get a raise.
Every warm body who occupies a chair at that time will receive an increase — just because. Read more…
If I asked you to describe your attitude towards your work in one word, what would it be?
Setting aside for a moment your feelings for work, the English language admittedly makes this difficult.
German, for example, is a fascinating language in that new or changing concepts can be described by stringing words together to create a new one (e.g., freundschaftsbezeigungen, which means “demonstrations of friendship”). Read more…
I believe in natural selection. When the Internet went crazy last week because some little known company was only allowing their employees six (6) minutes to use the bathroom each day, I didn’t have a strong reaction.
I didn’t care because I know, from experience, that companies only do this because they are forced into the position for some reason or another, or, because they have horrible leadership.
Or sometimes, both. Read more…
CEO’s continue to publicly proclaim their efforts to manage significant and meaningful culture change.
Some miss the mark and show their lack of understanding this critical topic. Others, like Satya Nadella of Microsoft, share a much clearer vision and appear like they truly “get it.”
What separates the visionary and capable culture champions from the vast majority of leaders that don’t understand the culture fundamentals? Read more…
What do you say if a job applicant asks you this?
“What makes this company a great place to work? What outside evidence (rankings/awards) do you have to prove this is a great place to work? What is the company going to do in the next year to make it better?” Read more…
“This is not good. One of the guys on the marketing team I work with just got fired. OMG, they just fired another one. It is just crazy around here now.”
As I read the text messages, I could feel the tension that must have permeated this workplace.
The text was from someone who had been in the world of work for four years out of college. This situation with them went on for two days, and as I got the blow-by-blow, it felt like being in a war zone. Read more…
Why are you in HR?
Perhaps I could end this post with the title alone because it’s a poignant question. If you work in HR or make money off of HR, have you asked yourself lately why you are here?
Most will say they work in HR because they “love to work with people,” or they “like making a difference in organizations.” The funny thing is, the more you work in HR the more you find that the relationship you have with your employees is a bit of a sordid tale, and that making a difference is a periodic win that graces you with its presence maybe every solar eclipse.
So again I ask — why are you in HR? Read more…