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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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”?

Communication, Employee Relations, Human Resources, Leadership

Engagement Isn’t Rocket Science Folks!

There’s a lot of talk in the market about “Employee Engagement” and all these tactics and tools an organization can use to improve in this area, but the fact is – engaging your employees is much easier to do than you think and doesn’t cost a penny. The problem many companies – and even volunteer… Continue reading Engagement Isn’t Rocket Science Folks!

Benefits, Communication, Disciplinary Actions, Employee Relations, Human Resources, Termination

Bring Back The Pink Slips!

Back in the days of the Personnel Department, the “pink slip” was a notice included with the employee’s paycheck notifying them that their employment had ended, either by termination or layoff.  No one knows when this practice came into being, or how it was even labeled with the color pink.  Even Peter Liebhold, a curator… Continue reading Bring Back The Pink Slips!

Communication, Employee Relations, Human Resources, Leadership, New Hire, Performance, Recruiting

Onboarding New Employees: Doesn’t Stop Their First Day of Work

After weeks or months are trying to find the "perfect candidate," you finally hired that new employee!  On Day 1: they came in, did their paperwork and you whisked them off to their new department to become familiar with their new position and new employees. Your job is done, right?  Sure, if all you wanted… Continue reading Onboarding New Employees: Doesn’t Stop Their First Day of Work