Communication Is Still #1 Needed Skill

Years ago, I had the privilege of attending an IT conference in Pensacola with my spouse. At the time I wasn’t a presenter, but just a lowly HR generalist. I struck up a conversation with a young IT guy who was just starting out in management and we were casually conversing about our jobs. HeContinue reading “Communication Is Still #1 Needed Skill”

The Human In The Machine

Yesterday, I was privileged to speak at the Activate Lightning Talk Night. My subject matter was The Human In The Machine. Mainly, I wanted to give a (10 minute) overview of how we preserve human-elements in an increasing tech-heavy, distant world. Before we start – know that I’m a tech-advancement-fan. I firmly believe in theContinue reading “The Human In The Machine”

File 13 Phrases

Here’s a few choice inappropriate comments that seem benign in nature but really have deeper vitriol. I vote that these are removed from office lexicon in 2016, who’s with me?“Working hard or hardly working?”This is just poor form. It implies jokingly that this person is a slacker. While it is in jest, be careful withContinue reading “File 13 Phrases”

Just Say No to Policy Dependence

“Do we have a policy on…?”“Can you pull a job description for…?”“I have a bunch of employees who….” These are comments I hear from managers on a daily if not weekly basis. And in my years in HR when I’ve heard them I’ve learned to ask questions to get to the root of the issue.Continue reading “Just Say No to Policy Dependence”

Gravitas.

I don’t expect perfection from my co-workers, employees, managers, etc.I don’t expect days free from stress.I don’t expect all work to get done accurately.I don’t expect work to even get done on time. I do expect composure.In fact, I demand it. Most of the situations I deal with in employee relations distill themselves down toContinue reading “Gravitas.”

"Hey, How’s it Going?"

I have a great boss right now.  It’s still early on to really determine as to whether or not this is a long-term fact or if I’m still in the honeymoon phase with the whole idea, but there’s one thing in particular that I like about my boss.  Every once and a while, at leastContinue reading “"Hey, How’s it Going?"”

Adam and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Communication

I once had an employee (we’ll call him Adam) and Adam was a “slacker”.  He was downright lazy, never completed things on time, always goofing around on the job, and never worked on stuff we wanted him to work on.  Despite this, Adam was brilliant.  In brainstorming sessions, group work, or just in talking to him, youContinue reading “Adam and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Communication”