Too Much Talk, Not Enough Action

9-4-13
As social beings, we have an innate desire to build relationships with others. Some of us are more extraverted and interested in cultivating these relationships than our introvert counterparts, but nonetheless, employees must communicate with others in the workplace. With this communication can come the potential for one of the silent but deadly counterproductive work behaviors. Continue Reading →

The Right Time

8-8-2013
The number of jobs that an individual will have throughout their lifetime continues to increase. Long gone are the days that an employee would be at the same organization from the start of their career to the end. Employees now realize that they can move around and have the option to try out different jobs rather than just settling. Continue Reading →

What went wrong?

It is an inevitability that individuals leave their jobs. Sometimes leaving a position is a result of dissatisfaction with something within the organization (e.g., the manager, the hours, the tasks were too difficult/easy for the employee’s skills, etc.) and sometimes it’s a result of external factors such as a spouse’s job relocation or better opportunities elsewhere. There are many reasons why an employee may terminate his or her employment and often times this information is not well utilized by supervisors. Information regarding employee turnover can be evaluated to improve the work environment for current and future employees if leaders find that an organizational deficiency does exist. Continue Reading →

Enforcers vs. Sympathy

7-26-13
Human resource professionals have a tough job. We are called in when there are very serious problems and it is often up to us to lay down the law and make sure problems among employees or involving employees are resolved. Often, we have to do the “dirty” work that few others desire to undertake. Continue Reading →

Go Home!

5-29-13
What boss do you know that tells you to go home rather than staying at the office? Well, believe it or not, it is the smart managers that are encouraging their employees not to log long hours at the desk. Organizations are now being encouraged to push their employees to not work over hours if it can be avoided. Continue Reading →

Personality Types and Honesty in the Workplace

5-21-13
Honesty in the workplace is a hot topic. Employers continue to face difficult decisions in our economic state. With the challenging environments comes a heavier focus on honesty from employees. Organizations want honest employees, but how do employees always know their honesty will be well perceived? Continue Reading →

Longer Hours, But For What Price?

5-12-13
As organizations continue to run lean in terms of employees, what happens to the employees? For starters, they definitely take on more and more responsibility and more tasks. Unfortunately, the new normal is to expect to work long hours, but for what? Continue Reading →

What Influences Turnover?

4-23-13
When the topic of turnover comes up in organizations, most organizations believe they have this concept all figured out. Managers will tell you their thoughts about why employees leave their organization. If you have ever heard some of the reasons, like me, you may laugh to yourself thinking that they are missing the ball. Continue Reading →

On Retaining Millenials

Whether you subscribe to the idea that there are or are not generational differences in employees, it is important to make an effort to try new methods for retaining employees of all ages. However, when considering the massive ambition that Millenials are said to have, it is hard to ignore that employers are looking for ways to hold onto younger talent that may be likely to leave for advancement opportunities. The following are a few quick tips for communicating with Millenial employees in such a way that they feel valued and empowered to achieve great things at your company. Continue Reading →