It’s the end of the year. You’re reflecting on 2018 and starting to think about 2019. Maybe it’s time for a change in careers. After reflection, maybe that job isn’t so great and you’ve decided the grass is greener. Maybe you’re ready to “stick it to the man” because he’s been sticking it to you … More Resigning the Right Way
It’s that time of the year. Companies reward their hard-working employees with the illustrious holiday party. These parties range from a potluck on a Friday to an elaborate black-tie affair at the Four Seasons. No matter where the event takes place, HR is always asked to provide some tips and guidelines for behavior at the … More 3 Simple Holiday Party Guidelines
Over some time, my lawn has been getting a little full. Issues and people have been crowding my lawn like the signs in an election year. So I have decided to take a walk out on my porch and address those things cluttering my lawn. It’s fall and the leaves need to be raked, bagged, … More An HR Guy’s Rant (of sorts)
Michael Jordan and Lebron James. Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, and the QB for the New England Patriots. Ted Williams and Tony Gwynn. Athletes who are/were the best of their profession. They set the bar for what is outstanding performance. I look at their stats and what we consider “outstanding,” and compare to how we measure … More Treat Your Employees Like Mike
As a 20+ year HR professional, I have had my fair share of employee relations issues and team conflict. When I’m digging into these situations, many stem from an after-hours work setting or a failed attempt at team building. Inevitably, someone says, “And after a couple of drinks, Pat said…” According to Huddy’s Hotcakes HR … More Happy Hours Are The Worst Team Building Activities
Earlier this week, while cooling down after a humid run, I came across an article entitled, “Sorry, HR, You Don’t Get Any Work Friends.” I almost threw up my post-run chocolate milk after reading one of the most depressing HR articles I’ve seen. The role of HR can be lonely and isolating enough as it stands, … More Yes, HR, You Can Have Friends At Work
There was a time in the not-so-distant past that I was in a bit of a career rut. While I loved the company I worked (and still currently work) for, there was something tugging at me about the human resources industry. I’ve been doing this thing for over twenty years and it was starting to … More What is Your Pancake Purpose?