The success of an organization is often borne on the backs of people performing boring little miracles.
Boring little miracles don’t make headlines. They, perhaps purposely so, fly under the radar, disguised as everyday tasks performed under pressure or work that doesn’t feel like much to the person performing it. People performing boring little miracles get the job done and then pack up and go home like it was no big deal.
On February 14, @shrmnextchat chatted with Ben Eubanks @BenEubanks about the Building Blocks of a Great HR Function.
In case you missed this amazing chat filled with great advice from HR professionals, you can read all the tweets here.
4 principles of energy:
#1. People have energy. Lousy organizations drain it.
#2. Energy flows toward meaningful action. When people lose energy they’re doing things that aren’t fulfilling.
#3. Energy increases with clarity and forward movement. Sustained confusion drains.
#4. Leaders impact energy. Successful leaders protect, nurture, and ignite energy inside others. Foolish leaders suck the life out of people.
When was the last time you thanked your employees?
If it has been a while, Thanksgiving is the perfect time to engage employees with an attitude of gratitude.
Incorporating appreciation into an organization’s culture is probably one of the most effective ways to positively impact performance and retention. And the best part? It’s free.
Over the past couple of weeks, I have realized that I work with a lot smart and talented people. I look back and my career and I have been fortunate enough to work with some of the best and brightest minds in their respective industries. I have and have had some fantastic bosses and peers that not only push me and bring out the best in me, they are also great people and friends.
This past week, we had an amazing celebration at work!! We had two Team Members retire, which isn’t common at our company. We’re so fortunate to have a great culture where people work for us for many years. It’s a true anomaly in today’s workplace environment, but it’s a true differentiator for us.
Recognize This! – We all have the ability to create more human workplaces for ourselves and those around us, simply by saying thank you.
As we start the new year, most HR professionals will agree that employee engagement is one of their most pressing priorities because it affects their organization’s ability to produce, compete and survive. Many will admit that their employee engagement scores are at all-time lows and that they’re still trying to figure out a plan that will effectively combat the malaise that lurks beneath the images of the smiling employees on their company’s careers site.
The latest blog challenge from LinkedIn reminds us to #ThankYourMentor. As a Human Resource professional, I want to also encourage my colleagues time to reach out and offer a hand and the gift of mentorship to another professional. We will be stronger together.
We all know the importance of recognition and appreciation. In this context, some people say “you’re the best.”
Words matter and these words are troublesome for a few reasons. First and foremost: how is the recipient to respond?
If you say nothing, either you have ignored what was intended as a compliment, or your silence may be seen as “why are you telling me that which is axiomatic?”
If you say “thank you,” are you not effectively saying that you think you are the best? A little hubris? And, by a little, I mean a lot.
While HR strategy, technology, talent management and analytics are important functions of the job, many HR professionals must first focus on the day-to-day employee relations that keep their workforces engaged and their retention numbers high.
Have you ever had an HR question that you researched and researched using various forms of media with no success finding a straightforward answer that addressed your exact question? You finally find something about the topic and all you get are generic responses followed by the standard tag line that “you shouldn’t take the information as legal advice blah blah blah”.
Each January the SHRMStore reflects back on the previous year and reviews the top sellers in the SHRMStore. These books, DVDs, software and web-based products reveal what products the HR industry is purchasing. Each year we find top sellers in just about every aspect of HR including compliance, employee relations, recruiting, strategy, harassment training, and auditing. However, we look at the top selling eight (8) items to hone in on what is most critical and top of mind for HR professionals. Though it isn’t purely coincidence that ‘eight’ rhymes with ‘Great’!