Managers: Fair and Equal Are Not the Same Thing

March 17, 2015

One of the biggest challenges I see managers deal with is employee relations, which has to do with the relationship between the employee and the company. Employee relations topics include conduct, performance, discipline, recognition, engagement, etc. When employee relations issues are handled poorly, managers can get labeled as “playing favorites.” Whether it’s recognition or discipline, […]

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Handling Your HR Mistakes – Ask #HR Bartender

March 15, 2015

This is one of those situations that might not come up regularly, but it raises a lot of questions about how to handle mistakes. The company I work for is closing. Each employee is being given a severance package of 1 week for every year worked. I started June 2010. When I was told that […]

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Never Mess With an Employee’s Paycheck – Friday Distraction

March 13, 2015

People who are part of the payroll process have a tough job. There’s an expectation that payroll will be processed perfectly. Not within a margin of error. Perfectly! Employees expect to see exactly what they have earned. I’ve never heard an employee say, “Well, if I get 90% of what I earned, then I’m happy.” […]

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Make Your Next Employee Event “Instagrammable”

March 12, 2015

Now that the holidays are well behind us and we’ve recovered from party season, I want to talk about human resources and employee parties. In many organizations, human resources is responsible for planning company parties. And many human resources professionals view planning parties as a degrading part of their job. Let me offer a different […]

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Your Competency Model – Ask #HR Bartender

March 10, 2015

Today’s reader question addresses a dilemma many of us face: time versus results. I’m a manager in the sales department. Our company does not have a competency model in place, but we want to offer some skills training for our sales managers. My thought is that we should define the skills set, ask sales managers […]

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6 Things I Learned Writing a Book

March 8, 2015

I have wanted to write a book for years. I’ve been talking about it longer than I’ve been consulting. Well, patience paid off. I’ve finished my first book – Essential Meeting Blueprints for Managers. Yippee! I don’t have a firm publish date just yet but you can pre-order a copy here. Writing a book is […]

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Employee Appreciation Day

March 6, 2015

(Editor’s Note: Today’s post is brought to you by Kronos, the global leader in delivering workforce management solutions in the cloud. Tens of thousands of organizations in more than 100 countries use Kronos to improve workforce productivity. The Workforce Institute is a Kronos-sponsored think thank that focuses on issues that impact the workforce. Enjoy the […]

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