Future Friday: Is your HR department designed with humans in mind?

I came across an article titled Do people really matter when we design workplaces? Written by Steve Maslin it is directed toward architects and designers. He says that often the first reaction to that question is “of course” and to some it is indeed, but to others Maslin says that often he has found that …

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From the Archive- Employee Birthdays: Recognition or No?

This post first appeared in 2011. It just goes to show that I am not above fishing for birthday wishes every 5 years. I want to wish a happy birthday to one of my favorite authors, with whom I share this day though not the year, David McCullough. He is one of those people I …

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HR in the 21st Century: Make Life Easier for Your Employees

Today’s post is brought to you by my friends at SocialMonster.org.    When it comes to keeping your employees happy, bi-monthly potlucks and a warm pot of morning coffee just won’t cut it anymore — especially if you’re staffed with a group of millennials (and most companies are or will be soon, as millennials are …

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Does LOVE Work as an Employee Relations Method?

  At the SHRM- Atlanta December meeting the speaker talked about the concept of LOVE as an effective employee relations strategy. He mentioned that with the emphasis in most businesses on the bottomline many managers are skeptical of such an approach. At the outset you could count me among them. After listening to him I …

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Carnival of HR for July 8th

Well darn! The day after I get a top 25 ranking I find out I missed yesterday’s Carnival of HR. But you don’t have to… here it is at Effortless HR. My good friend Cathy Martin has a great post about employee engagement and my blogger friends Sharlyn Lauby, Dan McCarthy, Wally Bock, and Mike …

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Getting A "Seat at the Table": One Man's Perspective

“Your place at the table.” How many articles, conversations, blogs, moaning sessions, crying sessions and musings have occurred around this topic? Countless, yet the question continues to be asked. So I figured I would put in my “two cents worth.” In my mind there are professional characteristics and personal characteristics that enter into this discussion. …

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Divorces and Terminations: Lessons to Be Learned

I was reading an article on divorce (just reading, I am not getting divorced- whew!) and I was amazed how similiar much of this was to terminating an employee. The article was about things you should not do to disrail your divorce. These included: Not paying attention to taxes. Being too generous to win back …

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Birthdays and Work: Not As Easy As I Thought

Today (July 7th) is my birthday. (No need to send notes, that is not the purpose of this post. Though cash would be good…. Just joking!) Here in our office we wish each other happy birthday, and once a month we have a birthday cake and card for everyone who has a birthday that month. …

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