Thursday, April 30, 2009

Recession Fatigue

There has never been a better time to "spend more time with the troops." Leaders and human resource professionals need to walk away from their laptops, turn off their cell phones, BlackBerries and other mobile devices and talk with their employees. What is more important-Facebook, Twitter, and ESPN or the mental health of your employees? Talk to some human beings face-to-face for a change.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Recession Fatigue

"Recession fatigue" is a term being used by the media these days. It certainly describes how a lot of us feel. How do we combat it? How do we "rest up"? Stay tuned for some ideas.....

Thursday, April 23, 2009


Soon after the teenagers arrived at the airport and began walking through the terminal, all of them became extremely agitated and upset. Instead of seeing the airport on television, actually being there with all of the people, the noise of the airplanes, and all of the other activities totally "freaked them out". The tour group had to leave the airport immediately.

I've never forgotten this story because it is a powerful and memorable example of how upsetting change can be to some folks.....that is, if they are not prepared for the change.

How well do you prepare your employees for change?

Thanks for reading.

Monday, April 20, 2009


A group of "inner city teenagers" from Chicago were taken on a field trip to O'Hare International Airport. They had seen airports on television-however, they had never actually been in an airport. After a short time at O'Hare, the adult chaperons had to dramatically change their schedule.

What happened? Stay tuned.....

Thursday, April 16, 2009


The President talked a lot about the need for change during his campaign. There is much debate about whether the changes we are seeing take place in Washington are good or bad, or some of both.

In the private sector, positive, constructive change can be hard to achieve-companies struggle with enacting and managing change all of the time-however, ignoring the need to change is not an option for organizations these days.

Stay tuned for a true story that shows how powerful change can be.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Employee Productivity

Does your company have a mission statement? If it does, have your supervisors taken the time to discuss it with their direct reports in order to show them how their work serves the company's mission?

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Employee Productivity

Do the supervisors at your company take the time to encourage their direct reports' professional development? Employees tend to produce more when they know that their supervisors want them to be able to use more of their potential.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

HR Humor-Real Resume Quotes

"It's best for employer that I not work with people."

"I have become completely paranoid, trusting completely no one and absolutely nothing."

"Reason for leaving last job:They insisted that all employees get to work by 8:45 am every
morning. I couldn't work under those conditions."

Source: Fortune Magazine

In your opinion, which of the following is the most effective way to recognize an employee for a significant accomplishment at work?