It first hit me about 8 months ago at a SHRM Thought Leaders retreat in San Diego with 125 senior HR leaders (mostly CHRO’s and heads of function) and academics in a breakout room discussing leadership and specifically managing Gen Y employees.
There were several comments about work ethic and opinions tossed about the room. Then I raised my hand and spoke up.
I said, “How can a room full of 40 and 50 somethings pass judgement on what is needed for the next generation without their contribution?” There were no heads of HR under the age of 33 in the room. Read more…
Have you tried Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches (err, subs)?
My family loves Jimmy Johns! Way too much of my annual income goes to this company!
Here’s a little known fact: I was once offered the head HR position at Jimmy Johns. Read more…
Someday, you will leave your current organization.
You may retire. You may move. You may choose to continue your career elsewhere.
Regardless of the reason you leave, your time in your current organization will be remembered by others. How will they remember you?
Editor’s Note: Readers sometimes ask about past TLNT articles, so every Friday we republish a Classic TLNT post.
The old adage “I’d rather be respected, than liked” was made up by people who didn’t have any friends!
And, it’s been perpetuated for centuries by HR Pros who didn’t think it was professional to have friends in their organizations. “I’m not their friend, Tim. I’m in HR – there is a reason we lock the doors to our department.”
I look it this a bit differently – make friends first. That is all. No, “then” or “after that” – just make friends. Read more…
Editor’s Note: A number of TLNT readers have asked about this post recently, so here it is again in case you missed it originally.
This past week a member of my husband’s team suffered a devastating loss: his one-year-old daughter died, which sent my husband — his manager — looking into the company’s bereavement policy.
It was three days.
Three to five days is standard, so this isn’t a knock against his company. This is a knock against blanket HR policies which don’t get discussed much (by those outside of HR) until, that is, you come slamming up against one of them. Read more…
Where were you when you heard the news that Jon Stewart was leaving The Daily Show?
For many, like me, it’s one of those historic moments when shocking news hits us like a punch in the belly.
Why? Because his fans ADORE him!
And why is he adored? Read more…
Last week, the head of Human Resources for my city’s public school district resigned after it became public she exchanged text messages with a subordinate regarding other employees and their weight, age, and race.
To add further insult, when asked (via text message) if the texts were subject to open records laws, she mocked whether anybody could “find” the messages or figure out how to get copies of them.
I have a lot of faith in the students coming out of this school district and am pretty certain any high school sophomore could skip a day of school, binge watch 10 episodes of Scandal, and come away knowing that text messages can be “found” and traced. After all, these kids are pretty smart. Read more…
Sometimes, the best leadership examples come from someone who does not have the lofty titles.
We watch in amazement how one tiny gesture ends up giving us the wow factor in multitudes (as the video below shows). Ordinary people, or those in professions that would not be synonymous with leadership, set an example for all of us to follow.
It always brings a smile to my face when I see these random acts play out. Read more…
When was the last time you felt that the work you were doing had meaning or was about more than just making money?
Have you ever done something that filled you so completely that you could work nonstop for hours without realizing it?
If you have, then you know what we mean by “meaning.” Read more…
If your company is like most, you have a Human Resource department, and you may still call it HR.
For the traditional roles of Human Resources such as attracting, retaining and developing employees, the name makes sense. But, the responsibilities of this group are evolving, and the name HR fails to fully capture or give credit to the important ways this team serves and involves a company and its people.
Some 25 years ago, there were Personnel Departments. As the responsibilities changed and expanded to include services like benefits and compensation, the name became outdated and evolved into Human Resources. Read more…