Disciplinary Actions, Employee Relations, Human Resources, Leadership, Termination

Suck It Up! Sometimes You Have To Be The Bad Guy

For most managers out there, being the “bad guy” isn’t always easy.  Sure, when it comes to disciplining and employee they have no problem.  But when it comes to having to terminate an employee, most don’t like that feeling regardless of how rock solid a case you have. Being the “bad guy” comes with the… Continue reading Suck It Up! Sometimes You Have To Be The Bad Guy

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Benefits, Communication, Employee Relations, Human Resources

HR: What Are Your New Year’s Resolutions for 2017?

Hey, everybody has been talking "New Year's resolutions" so why not!  Just kidding...but now is a good time to tackle of a couple of compliance things to make sure you are kicking off the New Year on the right foot. With everything else that comes with the New Year and end-of-year paperwork (like those W2s… Continue reading HR: What Are Your New Year’s Resolutions for 2017?

Benefits, Communication, Employee Relations, Human Resources, Performance

Performance Review Time – Should You Keep Doing Them?

  Its the beginning of the New Year and many companies may be getting ready to produce their employees' annual performance reviews, so I'm sure the topic of whether or not its worth the time has started to come up. There are a lot of different opinions out there as to whether or not companies… Continue reading Performance Review Time – Should You Keep Doing Them?

Communication, Employee Relations, Human Resources, Leadership

Culture: Do You Define It or Does It Create Itself?

“Culture” is another one of those buzz words going around lately as companies strive to up their game or reinvent themselves.  With the changes in the market after the economic crash of 2008 and the new generations entering the workplace now, the new goal is to make your workplace happier, healthier and higher performing….still all… Continue reading Culture: Do You Define It or Does It Create Itself?

Performance

What If The Motivator Needs Motivating?

You see all kinds of articles and comments about how a “good leader motivates their people.”  Leaders, Managers and even HR folks are tasked with solving problems which include improving morale and motivating others…but who motivates them? As a HR professional, my entire career has been dedicated to helping improve my workplaces and grow my… Continue reading What If The Motivator Needs Motivating?

Employee Relations, Human Resources, Leadership, Performance

Are You Grooming A “Mini-Me”?

“Talent Management” is one of those buzz words flying around lately and everyone will have their own definition of what it is and how they approach it in their company, but in my view Talent Management is just the upgraded version of Mentoring. Mentoring to me isn’t assigning an experienced employee to a new employee… Continue reading Are You Grooming A “Mini-Me”?

Human Resources, Leadership, Performance

Exhaustion: The Latest “Status Symbol”

I have been following the work of Brene Brown, Research Professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work.  She spent over 10 years studying the topics of shame and vulnerability in an effort to help uncover how we can find our inner courage and be more authentic in today’s world. In one of… Continue reading Exhaustion: The Latest “Status Symbol”

Employee Relations, Human Resources, Leadership, Performance

Do You “Motivate” Or Do You “Inspire”?

When we talk about “performance,” our minds automatically go to “how to we improve performance.”  It’s always on the mind of every leader or manager that has a team under them.  We think by coming up with ways of improving performance that it will translate into happier and more productive sub-ordinates.  For the majority of… Continue reading Do You “Motivate” Or Do You “Inspire”?

Benefits, Communication, Employee Relations, Human Resources, Leadership, Performance

Are Your Employees Planning a Mutiny?

Think about this… Are your employees showing up to work late consistently? Are they more “on edge” or angry all the time?  Are they making more mistakes that usual?  Are their “attitudes” now affecting how they handle your customers? Are they just getting through the day so they can go home? These are all RED… Continue reading Are Your Employees Planning a Mutiny?

Communication, Employee Relations, Human Resources, Leadership, Performance

Are Disgruntled Employees Really A “Lost Cause”?

Let’s face it – between “life” issues and work, we find many of today’s employees are disgruntled in one way or another.  For some, the situation is temporary…for others, it becomes a daily attitude they display.  But, does that mean you – as the Employer – should take the stance of either reprimanding them for… Continue reading Are Disgruntled Employees Really A “Lost Cause”?