Human Resources

Employees Can’t Get No Satisfaction

January 14, 2010

With a clumsy nod to the Rolling Stones’ classic tune, it appears to be true: since 1987, workers have become steadily less satisfied with their work.  This is according to research results released last week by The Conference Board.  What’s more, it’s not a generational thing: satisfaction is decreasing amongst all ages groups.  While the […]

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January 9, 2010

Are you as amazed as I am by the incredible online presence of the HR community?  Another fantastic example of a regional online presence of a national HR organization is NASHRM, the North Alabama Society for Human Resource Management. I was fortunate enough to have a blog post submission accepted by NASHRM for their RocketHR […]

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Taking a Break

December 26, 2009

I was out in the stores early this morning snapping up some after-Christmas sale items. In what appears to be a developing theme with me, I overheard another conversation with Human Resources implications in the store this morning. (Blog series, perhaps? See my other HR eavesdropping observation here.) Overheard: Employee: “Do I really need to […]

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HR Carnival of Global Giving

November 25, 2009

There’s nothing more satisfying than contributing to a great cause.  That’s why I’m honored to be part of Mike VanDerVort’s  HR Carnival of Global Giving. Mike set out to smash Jon Ingham’s  previous record of 50 contributors.  Mike has sweetened the offer by agreeing to donate a dollar to the charity of choice for all […]

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Praising Mastery

November 6, 2009

I’m reading the book The Power of Respect by Deborah Norville.  She cites a very interesting study from the journal Motivation and Emotion. In this study, a group of researchers from Reed College in Oregon studied whether one form of praise was more effective than another.  The researchers used two different types of praise: “mastery”, […]

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When Performance Review Meets the Customer Experience

October 6, 2009

I just returned from the grocery store, one that I frequent nearly every week.  This is what I overhead as my groceries were being rung up and bagged today: Supervisor (to cashier): “When you’re done ringing her up, meet me upstairs for your evaluation.” Cashier: “OK.” Supervisor walks away. Cashier (to bagger): “Oh, man. . […]

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