Celebrating Creativity: Can HR Learn

Sometimes you have to celebrate and marvel at someone’s creativity. HR is often not considered the most creative department in any organization. But perhaps we can learn something by celebrating creativity. This video highlights the very creative work of Kelli Anderson, who shows us that very creative things can be done with simple materials. She …

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If the Boss Says Listening is Important are You Listening to Them?

I have long known that a key skill to being an effective leader is how well you listen. It also happens to be a key skill for an effective HR professional. In a recent article published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Home Depot CEO Frank Blake was asked what the most important lesson he had learned …

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How Do You Make Your Internal Message Go Viral?

Much of the activity of HR takes or should take lessons from marketing. One of the masters of marketing is Seth Godin. I would suggest you read him. In one of his posts, called Fade or Gain? he talks about the survivability of messages. What makes one message fade or another gain. One thing popped …

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Social Media Usage as a Knowledge Creation Tool

I was having a discussion with a group of HR people the other day on the value of social media in the workplace. The group ran the gamut from “totally on board” to “don’t see the value of it” to “just plain afraid of it”. It is no secret of my point of view on …

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Tracking Employees By GPS: Better Have a Good Policy

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision made it illegal for police departments to track people by use of a GPS device. (United States v. Jones, No. 10-1259). Naturally with that ruling the question of whether employers can track employees by the use of a GPS, especially in a smart phone, was raised. The consensus of …

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A Final Rule on the PPACA Requires Changes Effective September 2012

On February 9, 2012 the government issued a set of final rules on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) that must be effective by September 22, 2012. Unfortunately if you wait that long to do anything about it you will be too late. The final rules require working with your insurance carrier and …

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The Carnival of HR: Early February Edition

The early February edition of the Carnival of HR has been published at Tribe HR. There is some excellent reading here covering a wide variety of subjects that include: The FLSA Stalled careers Executive development Work rules to live by Music’s impact on employee performance Managing mobile devices Humanizing the work place and much, much …

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"What Should I Do With My Life Now?”: A Revisit to a Favorite Post

I originally published this post on April 2, 2009. I really like it and was reminded of it the other day. So I am republishing it so today’s readers can see it. Author Po Bronson (see his bio here) has an article in the  April 2009 issue of Fast Company magazine that is the same …

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Priming: A Sneaky or Useful HR Tool?

I am sure some of you are thinking what the heck is “priming”? Are we talking gasoline engines here? The answer to that question is NO. Priming is a well-known tool in the marketing world. I want your opinion on whether or not it is a sneaky or a useful tool in HR. I am …

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Don’t Assume an Employee Knows the Rules

In my many years of consulting with small companies I have seen a lot of mistakes be made by employers, but I have probably not seen as many as defense attorneys have seen. I was reading a post by attorney Daniel Schwartz entitled Things Employment Lawyers Don’t Want to Hear. Very interesting and I recommend …

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