SHRM Blog

Manage Like You Live Next Door


 

As a manager, your job is pretty straightforward: make sure the people on your team do their work as well and as efficiently as possible.

Good managers accomplish this by putting their team members first, keeping their focus on the business (not on their own ego), communicating honestly and frequently, rewarding success, and publicly promoting their teams. They seek qualified candidates who can add to the company culture and bring new perspectives to the business.

Bad managers attempt to lead with indifference and intimidation. They often focus their energies...

COMMENTS 0

Holocaust Remembrance Day and Inclusion

 

 

This year, Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) is Thursday, April 8, 2021.  

With each year, my sense of urgency on this issue grows, and for good reason. According to a nationwide survey in 2020, 10 percent of those under the age of 40 reported that they did not recall hearing the word “Holocaust.” Other statistics, including the percentage of respondents blaming Jews for the Holocaust, are even more disturbing:

During the Holocaust, more than 11 million human beings were systemically murdered by the Nazis and their willing accomplices. Of course, every life matters...

COMMENTS 0

Simple Ways Your Payroll Program Can Enhance Financial Literacy

 

 

As employers, we all have a vested interest in the success and wellbeing of our team members. Our employees create and maintain the fabric of our company’s culture and help power our business successes.

With Financial Literacy Month shining a spotlight on financial stress throughout April, this is an opportunity for employers to revamp their financial education programming for the year ahead, engage their staff in lively discussions on financial health, and begin thinking of new ways to integrate financial literacy throughout their organizations – including their payroll administration program.

A growing problem of financial stress

Employees distracted...

COMMENTS 0

Why Autism Inclusion at Work Matters, and Why We Are Not There Yet

 

 

Imagine that you just had a surgical procedure, and your boss threatened to punch you where it hurts if you did not take on a project nobody wants.

Imagine that you had a peanut allergy, and your coworkers threatened to slip some peanut butter in your lunch if you did not pick up extra work.

That’s inhumane, right? We don’t hire people like that. We don’t threaten people at work with physical pain, extra work or no. Those stories must be made up.

Relax. They are.

But...

COMMENTS 0

Converting a Salary to an Hourly Wage

 

Before I get into the arithmetic – WHICH IS EASY – I must establish first that there is no law on this. This is just something that your payroll/accounting/HR folks will quibble over from time to time, so you need an expert to make it canon. That’s what this is all about: How to convert a salary into an hourly wage.

The simplest and most common methods to make the conversion are as follows:

Simply use the annual salary and divide into it the scheduled hours per year.

Example: John earns...

COMMENTS 0

Too Many Meetings: How to Free Your Team to Build, Create, and Thrive


 

Too many meetings can frustrate productivity and morale. Reduce them to free your team.

When your calendar staggers under the weight of too many meetings, start with design thinking, involve your team, and improve your use of asynchronous tools.

It’s a refrain we’ve heard repeatedly through the year of pandemic work-from-home. We’ve heard it from executives and from front-line leaders: “We have too many meetings. I know we do, but I’m not sure how to fix it.”

Good business meetings are an essential part of getting work done and building the relationships...

COMMENTS 0

Leadership Boo Boos - Part 3: Bullying

 


 

I know this one may cause a stir. Mostly because everyone defines it differently except, that is, for someone on the receiving end. I had no one in mind when writing this one, but rather everyone in my thoughts because somewhere in our lives we've all been on the wrong side of it. We all know this behavior doesn't work. We all know it's hurtful and destructive, and yet, there are those that just continue to behave this way. Why? Dunno.

So, let me get to the point.

Leadership boo boo #3...

COMMENTS 0

How a Job Offer Slipped Through My Fingers: My #1 Regret

 

The impressions we leave on employers in job interviews really matter. Beyond being qualified, the attitude and impression you convey can be just as important.

Here's a story of how I had a job offer revoked, why I think it happened, and what I learned from it.


The impressions we leave on employers in job interviews really matter. Beyond being qualified, the attitude and impression you convey can be just as important.
Here's a story of how I had a job offer revoked, why I think it happened, and what I...

COMMENTS 0

4 Ways Executives Can Attract Top Talent

 

When asking college seniors where they want to work, their first responses might be Apple or Nike or Disney. The same might apply amongst any cohort you ask to list a company they want to work for, but it’s not because they have the best employer brand. All brands started unknown and had to build a reputation, a pattern of success in their industry, and a positive experience for users. All companies no matter their size, go through a version of this with hopes of winning more customers and earning more...

COMMENTS 0

Be the Reason - Embrace Opportunities for Kindness

 

Can you feel the change in the air? Spring is upon us and that’s exciting. With the change in seasons, there’s a renewed hope with everything budding and breaking through the ground. I can’t help but sense the energy around me lifting. I hope you sense it as well.

The question is, what will you do with it? Will you embrace the influx of newness or will you look past it? Instead of embracing the bright colors emerging everywhere, you keep your head down and remain focused on what you think...

COMMENTS 0