The recession isn’t recovering, and it isn’t going away anytime soon!

February 28, 2011 0

On September 21, 2009, the headline for MarketWatch read, “The U.S. recession is bottoming out and a recovery is near.” A few days ago I read in our local paper that San Diego foreclosures were up 34% in January. Meanwhile, California’s unemployment rate is at 12.3% and the nation’s unemployment rate stands at 9.8%. In […]

The Key To Everything

December 27, 2010 2

Years ago I worked for Home Depot. It was a part time position, nights and weekends, nothing special. But, of course, I was required to know the basic skills needed to perform the job. At the time, Home Depot was trying to train all their employees to “multi-task,” meaning we not only had to know […]

The Employee With The Achilles Heel

November 12, 2010 1

Someone asked me recently: what was the most difficult employee issue I’ve had to deal with? Of course, all the usual things came to mind but I thought back to one particular case several years ago. I had a truly spectacular employee: hard-working, trustworthy, got things done. She was truly a gem to have. She […]

Get Out The Vote Or Face The Consequences

October 28, 2010 2

Originally posted back in August, this post bears repeating since we have the upcoming elections this Tuesday:No doubt these are very political times and analysts are predicting a record voter turnout for the upcoming November elections. How will this affect your business? Well, the California Elections Code mandates you give employees up to 2 hours […]

Blue Headers ARE Better!

October 14, 2010 2

I think Laura Schroeder of Working Girl nailed it in her new movie. That’s right, we’re talking silver screen…From now on, anyone says something about blue headers being better, we get the drift.

Don’t Underhand Your Pitch

October 6, 2010 0

This post first appeared in Women of HR: At one time or another we’ve all done it. We have. Instead of making a simple direct statement of our ideas, feelings, or opinions, we preface it with a “devalue tag.” Before we deliver our statement, we apologize, ask permission, or smooth the waters in advance and […]

Remembering Why We Really Do Employee Performance Appraisals

September 30, 2010 2

The following is a guest article from Sean Conrad of Halogen Software: In a lot of companies, big and small, annual performance appraisals are largely an administrative task that HR oversees, and managers go through the motions of completing. We tell ourselves that we need to do them in order to fairly compensate our employees […]

School Daze: Employers Need to Know This

September 28, 2010 3

There are two important school related issues that employers need to know: First, under the California Education Code, schools can require that parents or guardians attend class with their child if the child has been suspended. Employers are not required to pay for time off when employees need it for school disciplinary matters, but they […]

It’s a stretch, but can you remember this?

September 17, 2010 3

I like to follow other bloggers around the blogosphere, and a few days ago Charlie Judy, aka @hrfishbowl, wrote a piece in which he referenced the extraordinarily overused HR phrase “We need to get a seat at the table.” That phrase, of course, has become shop-worn and turned into another business cliché, and that’s pretty […]

The Accountability Trap

September 10, 2010 1

Note: this article was originally written for Human resources IQ, as part of their Talent Management Series. One of the big buzzwords these days is “accountability,” as in “hold your people accountable!” The problem, however, is that people, namely management, forget the second part of the equation: if you are going to hold your people […]

I’m Innocent, I Tell you!

September 7, 2010 3

It’s a sad state of affairs when we have to face unfounded accusations. For those who missed it, the New York Times reported this morning about the Mister Scrubby incident. Here’s the full article: “It was reported this past Labor Day that well-known personality Mister Scrubby was Warhol’d in a most diabolical fashion. Witnesses reported […]

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