With the advent of each New Year, many people make resolutions to improve their personal and/or professional lives. Some may fulfill those resolutions. Some may never get started. Some may try but fail. For those Human Resource Professionals brave enough to try, we suggest the following resolutions: … [Read more...] about Five New Year’s Resolutions for Human Resources Professionals
How to be a good human resource manager
How did you celebrate Human Resources Professionals Day? Human Resources Professionals have a tough job because of the many hats they have to wear, including: rule enforcer, policy drafter, law follower, negotiator, confidante, investigator, advocate, interviewer, recruiter, and morale booster (to name but a few). It’s not glamorous work, and sometimes involves highly emotional, sticky situations. Despite this, it is often underappreciated in the corporate world, with “no news is good news” being the unstated measure of success. … [Read more...] about Just Another Day Re: Human Resources Day
Human resources managers would be well served to follow Mr. White’s lead in one limited respect. (NO, I repeat, NO, not cook meth nor plan criminal acts). Companies can reduce the possibility of significant monetary damages and legal expenses from employment law claims by investing a little time and money in consulting with their legal counsel about difficult employment situations before litigation is commenced. Below are just a few of scenarios where the “call to Saul” (or whoever your employment lawyer is) should be made: … [Read more...] about Better Call Saul — Human Resources and Damage Control
PUNISHMENT: The employee hears a different message (“you’re doing ok”), and doesn’t improve his performance. He is stunned and angry when later terminated. You get to explain in the subsequent discrimination case that you actually thought the employee was terrible (despite rewarding him with more money). … [Read more...] about Human Resources: No Good Deed Goes Unpunished
This is the employee who has a last minute emergency on a regular basis. She’s the employee who’s eager to team up and then sloughs off all the work onto others (while managing to be there for all of the credit). The Dumper sucks the camaraderie out of your workplace. Your treatment of The Dumper may have more impact on the rest of the workforce than on the The Dumper herself: “That’s only small trouble. I know it. But, brother, one small bit of trouble will lead to another!” [How Officer Pat Saved the Whole Town (Oct. 1950)]. So, train your managers to recognize effort, as well as results. When doling out assignments to The Dumper, stay task oriented with set deadlines to the extent possible. Should discipline be necessary down the line, you’ll have a paper trail of your efforts to change The Dumper into . . . … [Read more...] about Human Resources: Is Your Workplace A McGrew’s Zoo?