The Hygiene Conversation

At some point in their career, every human resources professional will have to have the very uncomfortable “hygiene conversation.” When the temperature heats up, so...

Dynamics of Telecommuting

The Net was a 1995 movie starring Sandra Bullock as a woman working out of her home in Los Angeles for a company located in...

Positive Performance Management for the New Workplace

Progressive discipline is rooted in the decades-old mindset that treating people progressively worse will cause them to improve, or at least protect the organization from...

Performance Appraisals: In or Out (and How To Decide)?

“I’m a four." “I’m a five." “I’m a three and that’s not good." “I don’t have a number, so I do not know where I stand." Performance ratings, indeed...

Addressing Employee Burnout in the New Year

Burnout is defined as physical or mental collapse caused by overwork or stress. Burnout not only has negative effects on employees, but also affects an...

A Great Workplace is Great for Business

Part One of  Three Three critical ingredients The need to create a great workplace is critical in today’s business world. But what is a great workplace?  It’s an organization...

When Memory Loss Affects the Workplace

What do Pat Bowlen, Gene Wilder, and Glen Campbell have in common? In addition to being names we recognize, they all experienced memory loss. There are...

Revamping Your Performance Management System

Companies are ditching their performance management systems and adopting completely new ideas. Adobe replaced its formalized annual appraisal with more-frequent and less-formal check-ins. Microsoft deep-sixed...

Does Email Hurt Productivity and Your Employees?

We all know the positive effects on the bottom line of quick, succinct email communication. Productivity  increases, customers receive better service, and income increases. Being...