We all have the expectation that we will give our best every day all day. But that’s not true.
Leaders have off days, employees struggle with issues and managers let frustrations get the best of them. Unfortunately, the work still has to get done.
How do you manage and build consistency within your company? As a manager, it’s not plausible to expect employees to be “on” all the time but you have to make sure tasks are completed since you are graded on the team’s performance. Read more…
The other day a friend asked me what I thought about the rape allegations against Bill Cosby, and I told her.
She said she thought he was probably guilty, too, and it bothered her how some people were complaining about his “tarnished legacy” and whatnot, considering the circumstances.
I told her I understood, and that sometimes we simply must accept that people are both this and that. In this case, Cosby could be a pervert and a gifted actor. It’s not an either/or. Read more…
By Eric B. Meyer
As I resist every urge to cheapen this post further by resorting to silly puns and other double entendre, allow me to set the stage of this case for you:
The plaintiff was an auto technician in the vehicle install bay at a large electronics store. According to the court’s opinion (in Sharp v. Best Buy Co., Inc.), he was familiar with the store’s zero tolerance policy for sexual harassment. Through his doctor, the plaintiff, who had narcolepsy and cataplexy, requested no shift work. With one scheduling exception, the store accommodated him.
About a year later, one of the plaintiff’s female co-workers accused him of sexual harassment. The allegations revolved around comments from the plaintiff regarding the victim and the act of fellatio. Read more…
Editor’s Note: This is the first of 12 essays from the new book, The Rise of HR; Wisdom From 73 Thoughts Leaders. It’s compiled by Dave Ulrich, Bill Schiemann and Libby Sartain, and sponsored by the HR Certification Institute.
By Josh Bersin
The human resources profession is at a crossroads.
Over the last few years digital and internet technologies have radically changed the way we work, requiring a tremendous change in all areas of human resources. Our latest global research shows that business and HR leaders have three major challenges: Read more…
By John E. Thompson
In February, we reported on U.S. Wage and Hour Division Administrator David Weil‘s comments that the agency is considering whether the federal Fair Labor Standards Act somehow entitles employees to “predictable scheduling.”
His remarks related to whether there is an enforceable right to a stable work schedule and to advance notice of that schedule.
Perhaps not surprisingly, it turns out that his remarks were a harbinger of apparently coordinated efforts to press for legally mandated scheduling requirements. Read more…
As a manager, you hear questions every day.
Some are serious; some trivial.
“What do you hear about the merger plans?” “Is our budget being cut?” “Can we get an extension on the deadline?” “Are we going to have to work over the weekend?”
But the ONE question that you have to answer correctly every time is this: Read more…
Here are some phrases that can pose difficulties to many of us when our ego gets in the way.
Great leaders, however, understand their importance and master them early on.
1. “I was wrong”
Whether you’ve made an outright error or had a failure of judgment, there are few things more difficult than standing in front of people whose respect you desire and admitting that you got it wrong. Read more…
By Gregory D. Hanscom
Unless you were completely ignoring the news over the past couple of weeks, it was difficult to miss the debate spurred by the religious freedom bills that were passed in both Indiana and Arkansas.
This nationwide debate refocused attention on what many people believe to be pervasive discrimination against individuals on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. As this debate was ongoing, many people (lawyers and non-lawyers alike) were surprised to learn that sexual orientation and gender identity are not protected classifications under federal and many state anti-discrimination statutes.
Congress now appears poised to address this issue head-on. Read more…
It’s no secret that finding a great candidate can be difficult.
A whopping 75 percent of companies are struggling to attract and recruit the top people they need. The problem is that we don’t view candidates as part of our organization until they start.
And that’s not the right mindset. Every candidate you spend time on is a mini investment. Read more…
My company is obsessed with Millennials, and for good reason.
The traditional old guard of global industry is rapidly changing – and the youngest ranges of the workforce are primarily responsible for the disruption.
With the average lifespan of an S&P 500 company down to 15 years, we are all actively investing resources to attract a new generation of talent that will keep our companies viable. Read more…