Workplace Dynamics

Are Unspoken Issues Creating Mischief on Your Team?

September 29, 2016

When the results of Google’s research on team effectiveness (called “Project Aristotle”) were revealed earlier this year, the conclusion was surprising: the best teams have just one thing in common. Factors such as clear goal-setting and team member dependability are certainly important, but they’re not what definitively sets great teams apart from their average counterparts. […]

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Avoid Snappy Comebacks with Snarky People

July 12, 2016

Someone Googled “come back for want some cheese with that whine” and Google returned my post Want Some Cheese with That Whine? The person viewing the search was most likely disappointed, as the post was about how Human Resources deal with whiny employees.  However, it does raise an interesting question about workplace communication:  what would […]

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6 Reasons Why #WorkHuman 2017 is a Must for Your Leadership Team

May 16, 2016

They had me at “make work more human.” I’ll admit it, I was already sold on Globoforce’s WorkHuman 2016 conference before I ever set foot in Orlando. Word of the inaugural event in 2015 had spread like wildfire in my HR community, with many of my conference-weary colleagues proclaiming this event one of the best—if […]

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What Type of Employee is a Good Fit for Holacracy?

May 26, 2015

Do employees really enjoy working in a self-organized structure? Holacracy—sometimes touted as a “leaderless” environment—eliminates traditional management titles and functions. The degree to which employees enjoy this organizational structure depend on many factors.  Some people take well to this extreme level of self-organization, others don’t. Even at online retailer Zappos, the most famous of Holacracy […]

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23 Leadership Lessons About Energizing Yourself and Others

May 15, 2015

How do you derive energy from the task of leading? Many times, being in a leadership role is draining, not energizing. As with many other things in life, one needs to actively seek out ways to overcome flagging energy. This month’s Frontline Festival blog carnival, hosted by Let’s Grow Leaders’ Karin Hurt, assembled 23 stories […]

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A New Definition of Leadership for the Next Generation of Leaders

April 27, 2015

The definition of leadership is changing. Societal expectations of the workplace, fed by economic and demographic trends, are morphing the leadership job description. From emerging organizational structures like Holacracy, to changing expectations of the Millennial generation, your kid’s boss isn’t going to resemble the one you reported to the first day of your job. A […]

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Truths in HR, Employment and Training – HR Carnival

February 26, 2015

“Truth” is a funny word, because, c’mon – one person’s “truth” is another person’s delusion. That’s why I was intrigued when Dwane Lay of the Dovetail Software blog asked us to submit what we’ve learned to be true about the HR profession for this week’s Carnival of HR. I chose to focus on the training […]

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How to Make Exiting Employees Advocates for Your Company

December 23, 2014

Guest Post by Mark Feffer As the economy improves, more American workers are leaving their jobs to pursue new opportunities. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 2.75 million people quit their positions in September, bringing the monthly “quits rate” to 2 percent, its highest level in more than six years. That’s a sure sign […]

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Human Resources Today – Resources for the People Side of Business

December 16, 2014

A new site just launched called Human Resources Today.  Human Resources Today curates content from many sources on the web regarding the people side of HR: employee engagement, leadership, corporate culture, employee retention and workplace communication. Independent blogs like Sharlyn Lauby’s HR Bartender, Steve Roesler’s All Things Workplace and Robin Schooling’s HR Schoolhouse are featured, along with […]

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3 Important Elements of the Employment Life Cycle #EWS2014

November 24, 2014

I’m a sponsored blog partner with Spherion (a staffing and recruiting organization) and am participating in the release of findings from Spherion’s 2014 Emerging Workforce Study.  All opinions are mine. My first in this blog series, Employee Engagement and Company Mission: What’s the Connection?, covered the first three elements of the employment life cycle: attraction, recruitment […]

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