Editor’s Note: It’s a TLNT holiday tradition to count down the most popular posts of the year. This is No. 18. Our regular content will return next Monday. Happy New Year!
“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. Read more…
Editor’s Note: It’s a TLNT holiday tradition to count down the most popular posts of the year. This is No. 37. Our regular content will return on Jan. 5, 2015. Happy Boxing Day!
Many HR people are familiar with Catbert, the “Evil HR Director” from Dilbert, the comic strip written and illustrated by Scott Adams.
Catbert is the company’s gatekeeper and policy policeman, concocting and implementing rules and policies with blind adherence to the company.
One of my personal Catbert favorites is the time he came up with the idea to offer unpaid vacation time to employees as long as their managers approved it in advance. He planned to downsize any workgroup who used the policy, since that was proof to him the group was overstaffed. Funny huh? Read more…
Editor’s Note: It’s a TLNT annual tradition to count down the most popular posts of the year. This is No. 42. Our regular content will return on Jan 5, 2014. Feliz Navidad!
In a recent interview, DDI General Manager Simon Mitchellcommented that a high proportion of CEOs and board-level executives see HR as “the least strategic function” within an organization based upon a major survey conducted with a broad base of global leaders and HR executives.*
This kind of survey feedback should certainly be a concern to Human Resources departments around the world who tirelessly strive to add value to their business and drive it forward. Read more…
Editor’s Note: It’s a TLNT annual tradition to count down the most popular posts of the year. This is No. 46. Our regular content will return on Jan. 5, 2015. Happy Holidays!
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. Read more…
Editor’s Note: It’s a TLNT annual tradition to count down the most popular posts of the year. This is No. 47. Our regular content will return on Jan. 5, 2015. Happy Holidays!
In my most recent post on Compensation Café, I referenced a quote from Don Knauss, CEO of Clorox, about the “head” part of leadership.
In Don’s terms, the “head” is focused on, well, focus – how you communicate to and reinforce for employees the tightly focused priorities need for organizational success.
Today, I’m digging deeper into the same interview with Don Knauss to look at the “heart” part of leadership. Read more…
Editor’s Note: It’s a TLNT annual tradition to count down the most popular posts of the year. This is No. 49. Our regular content will return on Jan. 5, 2015. Happy Holidays!
“I do not have time for LinkedIn or any of that, but I DO make time for my pedicures. Super serious HR lady at #gbrshrm.”
This was one that I saw posted last when someone was asking what HR could do that would create more employee engagement. The big answer: “company picnic.”
Robin Schooling’s posted the comment the other day concerning an HR person who told her that she does not have time for LinkedIn and other stuff, but she makes time for pedicures. Both these Facebook comments give insight into the mess that HR finds itself in today. Read more…
Have you noticed? HR is making headlines!
We’re in Fast Company, Forbes and the Harvard Business Review. We’re in dozens of business books hitting the market, providing competency models, new analytical tools, and metrics that will help us to gain the credibility we would like to have.
We are all over LinkedIn, in groups, in discussion threads and in “The Pulse.” Prominent business thinkers like Ram Charan are opining on the profession, and suggesting how it can be “fixed.” Read more…
Last Summer, I followed the Market Basket grocery store saga religiously. I was captivated by the story of non-unionized employees willing to risk their livelihood to keep their CEO. (Here are posts about the walkout and the outcome.)
After a six-week employee walkout and customer boycott, it’s fairly safe assumption the company took a pretty big financial hit. Employees were rightly concerned that years-long traditions around holiday bonuses might not materialize.
Then news broke last week that all associates would indeed receive their deserved bonuses. Read more…
Editor’s Note: The holiday season is here, and TLNT is again getting into the spirit with some classic past holiday posts. Look for them until Christmas Eve.
OK, before we get started, stop it.
I could have titled this “The One Thing HR Wants for the Holidays,” or “The One Thing HR Wants for Chanukah,” but I didn’t because the majority of people here celebrate Christmas, so I used Christmas.
Breathe in deep HR people (for the record we celebrate both Chanukah and Santa in my house – my kids are equal gift getters!). Read more…
You’re running late to work.
Maybe you’re going a tad bit too fast. You look up and — oh, no! — you see the flashing lights in your rear-view mirror.
What goes through your mind at this moment? Does your stomach jump into your throat? Do you think, “Not now. I don’t have the time! I’m already late.” Or perhaps, “Not this time of year. The budget’s already tight for Christmas presents. I can’t pay a speeding ticket, too!” Read more…