Managers: The Best Investment for 2020

In many labor markets, unemployment is low and competition for skilled workers is fierce. Under these conditions, employers who successfully retain and engage employees are...

All In But One’s Shoestrings

“All in but one’s shoestrings” is an idiom that means totally done-in or hanging by a thread. How often have we have seen others nodding...

End Game

We always hope employment relationships go according to plan; however, there are times when employers may be faced with separating an employee due to inappropriate...

Micro-Affirmations: How Small Actions Can Yield Big Results

“I’d like your opinion about … .”                  A genuine smile                “Congratulations on your promotion!”                  Saying someone’s name correctly These small statements and gestures may...

Of Hearts and Minds

HR professionals and business leaders face difficult decisions when logic, data, and facts suggest one course of action while emotions, feelings, and “gut” suggest another....

Managing Employee Isolation

Today’s workplace isn’t what it used to be. Set work schedules, a best friend at work, and gatherings at the water cooler—once fixtures of every...

Helicopter Parents

I hired a 26-year-old administrative assistant who performed poorly and either showed up late for work or didn’t bother to show up at all. I...

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...