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”

I Learned It From Watching You

My work ethic comes from my father. Maybe that’s not the best opening of a blog post. And maybe I should have lead with some father-daughter story that makes you ooey-gooey nostalgic, but put simply, my dad is a huge influence in how I do things at the office. Sorry, boss, next time you complainContinue reading “I Learned It From Watching You”

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”

I Just Called To Say…

I work remotely every day. That means I’m sitting in an office miles away from my other locations and employees and therefore I can’t do the normal interaction which helps to build relationships. One of the small things I try to do is call the front desk whenever I’m looking for a manager or employee,Continue reading “I Just Called To Say…”

How to Tell a Temp GTFO

I’m calling some manager’s out for not having the cajones to deal with temps.  Temporary workers are something that I’ve had a lot of experience using and there’s some good temp agencies and some bad. Is it just me or does it seem like managers don’t know what to do with temps upon termination? WhenContinue reading “How to Tell a Temp GTFO”

"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?"”

All I Really Need to Know I Learned at Work

So I’m leaving one job and starting another.  It’s a great move and very much a career opportunity for the better (I hope). Essentially at my previous position I was in transactional HR and while I’ll still be doing some of that mostly it will be employee relations which is truly where I’m passionate aboutContinue reading “All I Really Need to Know I Learned at Work”

Translating Employees

If you’ve ever heard of the book Men are From Mars, Women are Venus, then you know what I mean when I say that people sometimes speak two different languages. This got me to thinking about bosses and their employees. I’ve often had exit interviews where employees spilled their guts about the misdoings of theirContinue reading “Translating Employees”

Training is Like Unsubscribing

Training is a lot like unsubscribing… You know how you have those emails that pop up from places you previously purchased items online, or a online club you joined, or simply just spam.  And when it pops into your e-mail inbox – what do you do? Delete. A few days, maybe a week, or even a monthContinue reading “Training is Like Unsubscribing”