The Employee Attitude Problem - What's A Supervisor To Do?
by Dawn Lennon - Mar, 2010
A supervisor’s nightmare—the employee with a “problem” attitude. Makes you feel like you just drew the Old Maid card. What to do? You have an employee with a personality, work style, or temperament that is driving you crazy or aggravating others, making it harder to get the work done. And you don’t want to fire. Performance appraisal is how supervisors save us from ourselves. Good supervisors use appraisal to teach an...
Planning and Executing a Reduction in Force: A 10-Point Inspection
by Stephanie Thomas, Ph.D. - Feb, 2010
According to the Mass Layoff Statistics program (Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics), there were 28,030 mass layoff events and 2,796,456 initial claims during 2009. These are recorded program highs. The unemployment rate closed out the year at 10 percent, up more than three and a half percentage points from the previous year. Given the current economic conditions, many businesses are struggling and may need to...
Three Quick Tips on Converting Corporate Recruiters into Headhunters
by Lou Adler - Feb, 2010
The economic recovery will begin. Someday. Hopefully soon. You’ll know that day has arrived when most of the following occurs on a regular basis: 1. Candidates begin accepting counter-offers. 2. Candidates want more money. 3. Candidate opt-out rates increase at every step in the hiring process. 4. Candidates you just found tell you they have just received an offer. 5. Your best people leave for greener pastures at an a...
For Higher Morale, Think Maslow
by David Lee - Feb, 2010
More specifically, if you want higher employee morale and greater employee engagement, think of Maslow's "other hierarchy." Awhile back, I heard Gary Hirschberg, CEO of Stonyfield Farm, refer to Maslow’s Hierarchy of…Grumbles. I laughed, thinking he had put an amusing spin on Dr. Maslow’s famous hierarchy. To my surprise, when I returned home and scanned The Farther Reaches of Human Nature, I discovered he actually wrote ab...
How Employers Behave When There Are More Workers Than Jobs
by Ford R. Myers - Feb, 2010
When there are many more workers than job openings, employers behave differently than they do in a healthy employment market. This is largely because the locus of control shifts from candidates to employers, and employers will have the sense that they can “call the shots.” These dynamics can pose serious challenges for job seekers. Under these circumstances, here are some of the typical challenges job seekers will face at many...
Career Management In The New Workplace
by Leslie B. Prager - Feb, 2010
The work world of today is dramatically different than the workplace was when I began my HR career back in 1980. Those were the days before the social media phenomenon, blackberries, the internet, virtual meetings, etc. The issues facing professionals today include the “new workplace”; fast-paced, on-demand staffing; a multi-generational, cross-cultural workforce; demographic trends such as the aging workforce and baby boomer...
Like Trump: We All Get To Hire and Fire - Your Life Is Your Business
by Dawn Lennon - Feb, 2010
There’s a lot of grousing out there about hiring. So when it’s our turn to hire, you’d think we’d be really good at it. After all, we’re hiring people all the time. Yes, hiring people to work for us. Our life is our business, remember? From the time we start living on our own, we’re hiring. Mostly, we hire temps or independent contractors. So, who are we hiring? • Personal service providers — hair stylists, manicur...
Maximize the Time You Spend in THE ZONE - Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Day
by Andy Robinson - Jan, 2010
Feel cheated by disappearing time at work? Not getting to the really important things at work and at home? Do you feel like you're constantly "fighting fires?" Establishing and maintaining control over how you spend your time and what you spend your time on is an important element of career success. Staying in "THE ZONE" of highest impact, as illustrated below, is definitely where you want to spend the predominance of you...
Time Management 101: Lessons Learned The Hard Way
by Wendy Enelow - Jan, 2010
As I sat down to write this article, I thought to myself, “How odd!” For years and years, I have struggled to better manage my time, but never felt as though I was very successful. I’m always juggling my time constantly sweating as I look at all the piles and papers scattered throughout my two offices, getting up earlier and earlier to get a jump on things, and telling my son to hold on one more minute. I haven’t had the feeli...
Do You Foster Helplessness or a
by David Lee - Jan, 2010
In these rather challenging times, you need ALL of your employees thinking and acting like winners, not throwing up their hands in defeat or metaphorically curling up in the fetal position. How you communicate with them plays a huge role in which kind of workforce you get. Just recently, I heard two examples that illustrated opposite approaches to communication by senior management. One approach virtually guaranteeing wh...
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