Four Ways Bosses Cause Stress in the Workplace

I am currently working with someone that is having a “boss” problem.” I thought it might be appropriate to replay this post from several years ago. We always talk about problem employees and how to solve those issues. We don’t spend as much time talking about problem bosses unless they are violating some law such …

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From the archive Seven ways working for a good company is like having a good marriage

Today my wife and I have been married 47 years. Three years ago I published this post and I thought it was still apropos, so I am republishing it. Today is my wedding anniversary! Now you may think was does this have to do with anything in HR? As I have reflected on my marriage …

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Developing Great Leaders: The Human Workplace Perspective

Today’s guest post is about leadership, from a younger perspective than mine, but the thoughts are almost universal. Being a leader within a workplace is about more than having an enviable title and corner office. There are opportunities that the leaders identify and use to get to where they are. There are years of dedication, …

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Forget their Weaknesses, Improve their Strengths to gain.

I just finished reading a Harvard Business Review Tip of the Day, Adapted from “How to Gain Credibility When You Have Little Experience,” by Andy Molinksy and Jake Newfield. These authors say that if you are young and new to the job you should “Start earning your colleagues’ respect by conveying the value you bring. …

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The Value of a Devil’s Advocate in HR: From the Archive

Someone sent me an email reminding me how much they liked this post. I thought I would republish it, as I think this is an important concept for HR.  In the Roman Catholic Church, from the year 1000 until 1978, fewer than 450 people were canonized as saints. In 1978, Pope John Paul II removed …

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The Power of Naps in Increasing Productivity- More advice from Dan Pink

I have written about naps in the past, checkout Napping at Work: Why You Should Finally Implement AND Regulate it and Yawn: Lack of Sleep and the Benefit of a Power Nap. I am a fan of naps and have been for a long time. However, Dan Pink is not, or at least was not …

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From the archive: Want improved performance? Instill a commitment to life-long learning

I have had a number of discussions on performance lately. I was reminded of this post.  I have done a lot of teaching in my career. I am now in my 18th year of teaching HR certification courses. I also conduct approximately 20 webinars a year on various HR subjects. If you are reading this …

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From the Archive: The DNA of HR Decisions: Why Documentation is Important

I presented a webinar yesterday on the importance of documentation. It reminded me of this post. Recently in Georgia, a man was executed. There were many claims that he was innocent, the courts did not agree. My purpose here is not to discuss this, I make this statement as a prelude to my observation of …

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HR Carnival – Summer heat

I have not hosted an HR Carnival for about a year. I am happy to do it again. There are some great posts in this edition. I did not specify a theme but most of them seem to have a leadership theme. Hmmm… I wonder what that may be related to? So without further ado …

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