The Three Foundation Elements to High Performance Teams

  Today’s guest post, while I recover from surgery, is from Tim Gardner. Tim is the Director of Organizational Effectiveness for Kimberly-Clark. He is also an HR blogger and can be found at The HR Introvert. By Tim Gardner Manufacturing jobs have changed substantially since my first couple of engineering assignments at the beginning of …

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Art for Work’s Sake – Adaptability

Today’s guest blogger is Doug Shaw. He is the Founder and CEO of What Goes Around. He advises a wide range of businesses and business leaders on how to improve employee and customer experiences through smarter work practices. He speaks at conferences all over the world on collaboration, communication and creativity, and he writes about …

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Employees Won't Stop Bringing Phones to Work, but That's Not Necessarily Bad

  I am having surgery this week so I have lined up several guest posts to fill the days. Today’s post is a guest post courtesy of Social Monsters. BYOD is a key issue for HR today. Whether or not employees are using their device to perform work, they bring their smartphones and tablets along …

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Who watches the Watchers?

  One of the roles of HR is to “mind the business.” We develop policies and procedures to safeguard employees in compliance with a multitude of laws. What happens however, when the HR guards are the thieves? HR is not supposed to be bad In my experience most HR people are ethical and honest. We …

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One Good Rule to Improve Your Hiring

I don’t know about you but some of the worse interviewing I ever did was done in the afternoon, especially after lunch. I did not keep track but my gut feeling is that most of the bad candidates I presented to hiring managers were ones from those late afternoon interviews. Based on some recent reading …

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Don’t tell your Older Workers they are slowing down, that may be exactly what you get.

  Let’s be honest. We all think that older workers slow down with age. As a result we often make comments to that effect and have an expectation that we will have to replace older workers with younger ones. I think there is built in age discrimination in our society as a result of these …

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Ways to beat the Home –Office Blahs

  I read a question from a newly minted home-based worker who was wondering how to deal with the challenges of staying focused. As more and more employees are sent to work in home offices by their employers or as more workers take off on their own and spread their entrepreneurial wings the challenges of …

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Future Friday: What will be the “Firsts” in HR ?

  My favorite futurist, Thomas Frey, wrote a very interesting article about a year and a half ago. It was titled 56 Future Accomplishments: Waiting for Someone to go First. It was a fascinating piece on some of the “firsts” that have occurred, such as: 1st People to Fly 1st Nude Actress in a Movie …

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Lack of Knowledge about your older workers may lead to disaster

  I read a very interesting blog post by Dave DeLong at the Harvard Business Review blog network. DeLong specializes in aging worker issues. This particular post was about the skills gap that many companies will or are facing. Four scenarios DeLong did a survey of manager’s about their perception of the effect that an …

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Future Friday: Wearable Devices for Everyone

  I have dipped my toe into the wearable device world. Actually that is not entirely correct. I have worn a watch for a long time, though that dropped out when I started carrying a mobile phone. I have also worn heart rate monitors during exercise. This time around I am going to be wearing …

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