How to Deal With Top-Performing Jerks



Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has been very clear about what his organization does with its brilliant jerks: It gets rid of them. As he has said in the past about them: “Some companies tolerate them. For us, the cost to effective teamwork is too high.”

Netflix aspires to develop a “Dream Team,” which they define this way:

“A dream team is one in which all of your colleagues are extraordinary at what they do and are highly effective collaborators. The value and satisfaction of...


4 Ways to Support Employees During a Crisis #Coronavirus



Over the last few weeks, the environment has changed dramatically when it comes to work and life. As an HR leader, I can remember other times of crisis in the past, such as when our employees had their homes destroyed by tornadoes. We have to deal with the logistics of this from a work perspective because HR is often the hub of policies around working remotely or being flexible for those that have personal needs that limit their availability for work during emergencies.

However, I can’t stress enough the need...


Exercise Solutions When Working from Home #CoronaVirus #Telecommuting



The world of work has been changing at an unprecedented pace over the last few weeks. There is a lot of pressure worldwide to implement remote work solutions. While there are some benefits to employees working from home – including reduced commute times, not having to dress up or put on makeup – one of the downsides is the difficulty of keeping up a regular exercise routine.  

The traditional work to gym commute is thrown off if you are forced to work from home. In addition, you probably find...


Promoting Workplace Mental Health In The Age of COVID-19



Coronavirus. It is nearly impossible to avoid the topic online, on TV, or at work. Gatherings are being canceled or postponed, employers are restricting travel, and organizations are deploying action plans to mitigate the impact of COVID-19.

At this point, we are well aware of steps that we can take to protect our physical health amidst this epidemic: washing our hands, staying in if we are sick, and avoiding close contact with others who are. But what about our mental health?

Between social media’s...


Virtual Culture - #Coronavirus and Telecommuting


Paranoia, uncertainty, and maybe a bit of loneliness are all turns of phrase to characterize the current state of work. With the fear of disease front of mind, companies have been forced to separate their workforce. For one who espouses Employee Engagement and Cultural Development for a living, you would think this a dark time. As ever, we adapt and move forward. The Coronavirus-forced work-from-home mandate could serve as an interesting experiment to test mobile work. We are not encouraged to shake hands and company events are being put on-hold so there's never...


8 Ways How to Answer: "Why did you leave your last job?" In a Job Interview

If you’re preparing for a job interview, there are several popular interview questions that recruiters tend to ask. Self Made Millennial Madeline Mann talks about how to answer the question that will most surely be on their list: “Why are you looking to leave your current job?” and all other versions that will help them understand why you left your previous employer. Watch Madeline’s YouTube video for some great tips on answering this question with confidence!  


Originally posted on the Self Made Millennial YouTube channel....


Aligning Employee Learning with Organizational Strategy


Few chief learning officers (CLOs) disagree they have a mandate to ensure that learning initiatives align with organizational strategy. A great deal of research exists about how to align the two. However, what does it look like for employees to connect their learning and development with an actual organization’s strategy?

The term “line of sight” refers to how well an employee can see and understand the connection between their work and organizational strategy. If employees can see a connection between their daily work and strategy, they can better make decisions about...


COVID-19:  Dealing with Potential Symptoms


More and more employers are encouraging employees to stay at home if they are sick or if they have symptoms that may correspond with an acute respiratory illness. In the interest of efficiency, some employers are simply circulating (or cutting and pasting from) the recommendations as set forth in this: 

While employers need to move quickly, that is not mutually exclusive from thinking through with celerity legal and practical, such as: 
1.    The CDC guidance does not specifically list in one place the symptoms that may indicate acute respiratory...