HR Basics Archives

They Want to Hear the Bad More Even Than the Good

A magnetic manager is someone who easily attracts and retains STAR (self-motivated, talented, accountable, responsible, and stable) employees. One secret that separates them from other professionals is feedback (and not necessarily the glowing kind). In 2014, Harvard Business Review contributors surveyed 900 employees to get their opinions on feedback. What they found was pretty…

What Makes an Employer-of-Choice So Great?

The following is my spin on a Retail Wire opinion piece about what makes a great retailer… Here’s what makes an employer an “employer of choice.” Leadership and innovation: You have to give people good reasons to pick your company over your competitors as a place to work  as well as good reasons to stay….

Why Are You Letting Tolerance Undermine Your Culture?

Leaders will often ask me what they can do to accelerate a change in their culture. As someone who likes to find ways to provide simplicity on seemingly complex and theoretical topics, I’ve long been searching for that mythical “one thing” that will make the most difference. I think I’ve found it. I’ll be interested…

Without Consequences Managers Send the Wrong Message

Ryan Lochte certainly did realize severe consequences to his childish actions in Rio. They hit him where it really hurts – in the pocketbook. One hopes that Lochte learns from this experience, grows up and becomes a responsible adult.  Maybe. If, however, what happened to Lochte serves to influence other young athletes to…

When Feathers Get Ruffled, Here’s How to Help

Sometimes rock stars morph into toxic, difficult colleagues. Spurred by some unmet need, the strengths of their personality intensify until they become weaknesses. Whether you’re in management or HR, you can’t wait for problematic team members to about-face on their own. When you do nothing, you condone the negative behavior and consequently lose…

Hiring Wisdom: What Do You Really Know About Your Hiring?

Do you know: Why the applicant accepted or turned down your job offer? How the applicants feel about your hiring system and interview process? How many of the applicants who turned you down took another offer from someone else and why? If you don’t know, how are you ever going to improve your results? To get…

Here’s How to Prevent Accidents and Avoid New OSHA Fines

The numbers are staggering. According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration there were 4,281 deaths in the workplace in 2014. On average, 12 workers are killed each day. OSHA was created to suggest and enforce protocol and policy geared to enhance employee safety and reduce the likelihood of injury or death. One…

What Pokemon Go Taught Me About Talent Management

This past week, I joined the 7.5 million people who downloaded the Pokémon Go mobile game and began my journey to catch all 151 original Pokémon monsters. Pokémon Go has more downloads in its first week of existence than popular dating app Tinder has had in its entire four-year existence, and is expected…