Tell me about your workplace environment. What’s the general attitude or “feel” of the office?
Hopeful and energetic? Downtrodden and despondent? Somewhere in between?
What’s your personal reaction to this environment? How do you work within it or contribute to improving it? Do you see this as your responsibility? Read more…
HR Strategy? No, People Strategy
What’s the difference? I’m so glad you asked!
I don’t think that there is anyone in the human resources profession who doesn’t yearn to be “strategic,” but what does that really mean? Read more…
I am coaching a young HR leader who reports to a founder/CEO.
She doesn’t have a mentor or a direct supervisor. She is leading an unusually big project for a woman her age. I have been hired to help guide her through the next few months. It is a neat assignment.
This woman is tough and focused. She is working with men who are nice enough to hire a coach on her behalf but not always nice enough to say please and thank you.
For some reason, this matters to my client. Read more…
There was a definite buzz for the September HR Roundtable in Cincinnati because the topic was a bit out of the “norm.” Everyone was gathering to discuss “Creativity in HR.”
HR isn’t typically viewed as being creative, so it was interesting to take a step outside the boundaries of traditional thought to see what people would have to share.
The small groups started with the following questions to spark discussion: Read more…
How can HR become more strategic? Is there an opportunity for HR to have a much bigger impact on business performance?
A 2012 PwC study found that organizations are looking for leadership from HR. In the survey, 62 percent of business executives felt that human resources departments need to serve a leadership role in managing skill and talent shortages.
In a 2014 Deloitte study, less than 8 percent of HR leaders reported confidence that their teams have the skills needed to meet challenges and drive business impact. 42 percent of business leaders believed their HR teams are underperforming or just getting by.
HR transformation is clearly a trend — and an opportunity. Read more…
She asked me to wait a minute, went to her room and came back with a piece of paper. It was a list that she had compiled of her important events that I had missed due to work commitments.
Talk about a wake-up call. The list included 22 items, from her first day at school and first soccer match of the season, to a parent-teacher meeting and a Halloween parade. And the school year wasn’t over yet.
This note was from a CEO’s daughter to her dad, Mohamed El-Erian, the former chief executive of the investment firm Pimco, who was frustrated that his daughter was not listening to him. Read more…
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HR ladies secretly love to write performance improvement plans.
Let’s face it — performance problems are exciting. No matter how it ends, HR looks like it is making an impact on the company. And you get to use your lawyer voice!
(Why the hell did I earn my SPHR if I can’t play lawyer?) Read more…
“Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere as long as the policy you’ve decided upon is being carried out.” — President Ronald Reagan
As a leader, you know you must delegate many of the tasks for which you’re ultimately responsible, if you’re to be successful in meeting your goals.
You know you can’t do it all yourself. Typically, under-delegation is more common than over-delegation, and most leaders should give more away.
That said, there are some things leaders should never delegate. Read more…
The world of workplace rewards in 2022 may feature scary aspects where constantly-monitored employees are overworked, paid only for performance and pitted against each other, only to be discarded if found wanting, according to a major survey.
An alternative prediction was that the employer of the future would be dedicated to enriching individual worker talents and fulfilling personal interests while minimizing environmental impact. The third possibility described a world featuring networks of independent contractors cooperating in virtual work relationships.
These predictions came from PwC, the consulting firm that polled 10,000 people in the U.S., UK, Germany, India and China and over 500 HR managers across the world for this report. Read more…
With my mother dying earlier this year, I have been reminded of the importance of friendship.
My pals have played a crucial role in supporting me, helping me grieve, cheering me up.
Several of these life-affirming friends are from work, including a group of buddies that dates to our work together as newspaper reporters 15 years ago.
Indeed, at a time when Americans have fewer friends than they used to, the workplace is a fertile field for growing these valuable ties. And companies can do a lot to water that social soil — resulting in happier employees and a healthier bottom line. Read more…