Cultural Fit be Damned! Hire the Whacko!: Revisited.

There is an article in the Wall Street Journal that says “employers should be aware of the dangers of hiring for cultural fit.” There are dangers of hiring everyone to fit into the culture. It makes the company homogeneous and that costs in creativity and innovation. Sometimes you have to ignore the fit and that …

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A Lesson in Safety Learned from Acts of Terror: Revisited

I am reposting this post which was originally posted on September 12 2011. Since today is another anniversary of the terror attack on New York I wanted to republish it. The safety lesson I learned  is still as relevant. Perhaps through this lesson learned you too will be able to save a life someday. I …

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Five acts that violate the overtime provisions of the FLSA- again

I am still doing webinars on violations of the FLSA because employers still make these mistakes.  I spent an hour reading material on the many employers who make FLSA mistakes. Stop! Learn the correct ways! CNN Money published a list of the top 10 industries that violate the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. …

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From the archive:What goes in an offer letter?

I read a story in the Human Times, a newsletter from EY, that the shared space company WeWork, has, for the most part, eliminated their use of non-compete agreements. They overreached who they had signing them at the hiring stage. Courts do not like non-competes. So be careful about their use. In fact you need …

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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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Future Friday: Your future will be determined by your attitude

I read two articles this morning that reminded me of the blog post I am reprinting below. The first of these was The Future of Jobs: Working on Being Human written by Michael Laitman. Laitman takes the point of view that humans will be replaced in jobs on a wholesale basis and will have little opportunity to …

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How long do I have to keep HR records? From the Archive

For the entirety of consulting I have gotten the question of how long records need to be kept. Since I got that question again last week I thought I would republish this post.  In my work, I spend time looking at the personnel files for many companies. Some of these files take up large amounts …

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Christmas Party Harassment Ends a Career

With all the headlines about harassment today, I thought I would republish this story of how harassment at a company Christmas party ended badly for an HR manager.   There is no lack of horror stories associated with holiday parties. Since this is the Monday before Christmas I will tell you a short one that ended …

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From the Archive: Learn to be funny it will improve your Communication Skills

Yesterday I gave a presentation to the North Alabama SHRM conference in Huntsville, Alabama. I tried to incorporate some humor in to my presentation, even though the topic of investigations is not really a humorous subject. I hope it worked. Regardless these are still good tips that I wanted to reaffirm for readers. Most people …

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From the Archive: HR and the Art of Nudgery

This post was written originally in April of 2014. I think this is as important today as it was then. If you “nudge” someone you move them just slightly. It is generally done as a reminder or a way to alter behavior, as when my wife nudges me in the middle of the night because …

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