Wake-up Call Archives

Make Solving the Business Problem Your Anchor

I remember hearing myself when I used the phrase, “Let strategic and business be your anchor” with a group of HR professionals. The famous phrase, “We’re in the people business serving coffee, not the coffee business serving people, was uttered…

Why Do You Do It This Way?

Whenever I familiarize myself with a new company – because I am writing a case study on them or have been asked to speak to a group of their executives — I find out what its key processes are and…

EEOC Soon to Issue New Sexual Harassment Guidelines

And here I thought we’d be able to make it to the weekend without another above-the-fold allegation of sexual harassment. Fortunately, I have some other helpful, related items… New sexual-harassment guidance from the EEOC coming soon Jacquie Lee reporting for Bloomberg Law’s Daily…

Is Credential Creep Strangling Your Hiring?

Every organization wants to hire top performers on a consistent basis. Unfortunately, this doesn’t happen very often. In fact, in most cases, organizations fail miserably. One reason for this rate of failure is “credential creep“: the act of raising minimum…

HR Is Not Your Henchman

Whose fault is it that when employees interact with HR it’s to fill out forms or because they screwed up? “It’s the organizational culture’s fault that sees HR as a disciplinarian when HR should be a valued partner to make…

What the CEO Wants From HR But Isn’t Getting

It goes without saying that successful HR functions are strategic. They play a vocal role in critical business decisions and directly manage or impact a majority of most companies’ expenses. Indeed, in today’s resource-competitive environment, CEOs are increasingly looking for…