In 2013 Supervisory Training will be Critical

  If you saw my post on my HR Predictions for 2013 you have some idea why supervisory training will be critical in 2013. The government is going to be very active in watching for potential discrimination, overtime violations and safety violations and where the “rubber meets the road” is in the actions of supervisors. …

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Steps to Stay Out of Trouble Caused by Supervisors

  As I wrote about yesterday supervisors are a hotly contested issue. But we have all known that for quite a while. Supervisors are the closest managerial representative to the employees. The have significant influence over employees, hopefully for good, but not always. So here are steps to stay out of trouble caused by supervisors. …

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Great Teams Need Great Managers

A study of sales teams and the need for great sales managers has revealed what I consider a truth about all teams: great teams need great managers. A blog post on the Harvard Business Review by Zoltner, Sinha and Lorimer entitled To Build A Great Sales Team, You Need a Great Manager discussed the experience …

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Does Interviewing Measure Sight Reading?

If you don’t play music you may not know what sight reading is, as I didn’t. Seth Godin wrote a short blog post called Sight Reading, where he relates that when he was young he did not practice his music lessons. He said “I was so good at sight reading that while I was truly …

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What It Takes To Break Into the Executive Suite

An article recently published by SHRM, written by Rebecca Hastings, entitled What It Takes to Break the ‘Glass Ceiling’ offers the findings of a study on what it takes for women in business to break in to upper management. It is a very interesting article and I highly recommend reading it. However, I think the …

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Companies Get the Liability for Supervisors Decisions

If you have been around business for any period of time, and around HR in particular, you know that most of the employment based lawsuits companies get are based on the actions and decisions of superviors. The doctrine of vicarious liability, also known as respondeat superior, means employers get the liablity for the decisions of …

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Retaliation for a Claim of Discrimination Is a Big NO-NO

Many smaller company managment teams are not aware that retaliation against someone for filing a claim of discrimination is as bad as the original discrimination. Most larger companies are aware of that, at least the HR people are. However, even larger company HR people may not be aware of how far the “net” of retaliation …

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The Language of HR: Are Employees Transactions or Interactions?

The language we use affects how we think. At least that is the theory, as you can read in this article entitled Does Your Language Shape How You Think? There is a theory known as linguistic realtivity, also known as the Sapir–Whorf hypothesis, or Whorfianism. According to Wikipedia “The principle of linguistic relativity holds that …

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Silence Improves Employee Communication

Listening skills, which includes the use of silence, is something many of us need to improve upon. I have been doing some reading in order to improve my consulting skills. I read a post by consultant Alistair MacPherson, writer of Clientonomy, entitled Improve Listening Skills to Win More Clients. He makes three points that I …

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