Human Resources

The Circus Act

Management Monday: Managing With Work Life Balance Emphasis Circus jugglers and tight wire walkers aren’t the only people balancing on a daily basis. In 2012, Americans ages 25 to 54 with children dedicated 8.8 hours a day to work, leaving 15.2 hours to eat, sleep, exercise, clean the house, spend time with family and deal with personal obligations, according to ...

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Office of The Walking Dead

Management Monday: Managing Work Culture The Walking Dead has snatched the country’s attention. While there are many wonderful things to be said about it, it might be alarming to compare anything about it to an office. However, when creativity is down, leadership is losing touch and energy has plummeted, the emotions in an office might be similar to a scene right out ...

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Kendrick Lamar of Performance Appraisals

It seems Lamar got a lot of heat because he decided to uninvitedly evaluate his performance as the “best in show” and his peers as “shovel” worthy (ABC News).  Actions, not uncommon we would say in the corporate world.  We call them “Performance Appraisals”, but anything from faulty metrics used as guidelines, to when or whom the evaluation is based ...

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“Ballmer Away Microsoft!”

What could be Microsoft’s biggest mistake when Steve Ballmer leaves in twelve months? Organizations are suffering due to high CEO turnovers. In fact, Chief Executive turnover hit a three-year high in July, as reported by The Hill. No company is immune, including Microsoft. The organization recently announced that Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer will retire in twelve months (BloomBerg BusinessWeek). ...

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Big Bad Wolf Care

Management Monday: Managing the Future of Organizational Healthcare It’s been abuzz for months and now the time has come for Obamacare to kick in. Despite difficulty to resolve conflict and the big bad wolf vibe of Obamacare (Affordable Care Act), it may not be as bad as it’s been portrayed. Questions continue concerning the Affordable Care Act’s realistic affordability, but it is here ...

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Ugly Sweater Boss

The holidays can certainly be a time of stress for employees who struggle to balance the workload with added holiday responsibilities. However, the holidays also offer a time to rejuvenate employees by celebrating and empowering them (since their happiness and performance are crucial to the bottom line). “Companies that effectively appreciate employee value enjoy a return on equity and assets more than tripled that experienced by ...

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NLRB storming your day?

NLRB and Human Resources At best, Human Resources departments across the private sector have been struggling to stay afloat through recent NLRB (National Labor Relations Board) changes. New developments in the situation hardly promise an end to the hurricane, but if you’re caught in this mess, having an internal conflict resolution guide will be very effective in keeping discussions, discussions rather than ...

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Mad Employee Wildfire

Management Monday: Managing Mad Employees No one likes to talk about office politics, bad bosses, emotionally abusive coworkers, or people being shoved under the rug due to popularity. Sadly, these situations are symptoms of poor work culture and every company is susceptible, especially during changes in management like those happening at Microsoft or during acquisitions like Google’s purchase of Nest. And when voices are ...

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