When the Procrastinator Isn’t My Employee but Rather Another Manager



Q: I’ve had plenty of experience managing employees and I’ve had my share of procrastinators. I know that it helps to motivate and support them. That using a carrot is often more effective than a stick. I’ve used bonuses and other incentives to reward meeting deadlines, as well as the implied “poor” performance evaluation if they don’t.

My problem now is that the procrastinator isn’t my employee but rather another manager. So the usual tools made of carrots and sticks can’t be applied. Any tips on how to persuade another...


What NOT to Say in an Interview - Top 12 Things

Here are tips on how to prepare for an interview. An important aspect of how to prep for interview questions is knowing the 12 things to never say in an interview. Among these interview prep questions, I will tell you exactly what not to say in an interview and why these are the things to never say in a job interview. Most people don’t get this interview help, so you’ll stand out!



Originally posted on the Self Made Millennial YouTube channel



A Leader’s Guide to Effective Dialogue Under Pressure



How can managers become measurably more effective? To answer this question, I studied crucial moments. I wondered in moments when the stakes are high, and the pressure is on, do managers remain calm, candid, direct, and willing to listen? Or do their direct reports describe them as angry, closed-minded, rejecting, even devious? And, how does either style affect results and relationships?

My research confirms a manager’s style under stress has a disproportionate effect on their personal influence and their people. And yet, my study of 1,300 employees found that one...


Can an Employee, Stranded on a Quarantined Cruise Ship, Take FMLA? #Coronavirus



I’m a little late to the employment law blogger party where we fearmonger about Coronavirus and what employers should do about employee travel.

I planned to take a pass on that.

But, then I read this article on Bloomberg (“Turned Away on Virus Fear, Cruise Ship Risks Running Low on Food”) about a cruise ship that can’t dock anywhere because of fears of Coronavirus on board and this tweet asking if it’s ok to fire an employee that is stuck on that ship.



The Value of Bringing our Authenticity to Work



We’ve all heard the phrase, “if it looks like a duck, acts like a duck, then it must be a duck”. This has been attributed to many potential sources, including Joseph McCarthy.  We may use this phrase at work to describe the behavior of a co-worker or manager. Our ability to bring our authentic selves to work is often very challenging and hard to do. Workplace politics, manager expectations, team cultures, and promotion guidelines often get in the way of our ability to...


How to Bolster Employee Confidence



When we feel good about ourselves, our workplace performance and our career prospects, our work tends to thrive. That positive feeling is confidence. Although sometimes perceived as a fixed trait, confidence is actually a “soft,” or difficult-to-measure, skill that changes over time.

Indeed research reveals that employee confidence brings similar benefits as happiness, which evidence shows can boost workplace productivity. We recently polled 800 U.S. workers to find out more about career confidence right now.

With positive news about the job market, the stock market and the economy, it is...


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I’m a child of the late ’60s and early ’70s. During my early childhood, I was raised by my grandparents because my mom was working after the untimely, early death of my father. Growing up on a farm in Luckey, Ohio was wonderful !! My brother and I had countless adventures that were mostly outdoors. You used your imagination to make your surroundings come to life. We watched very little television because our grandmother wanted us out from under her feet. When we did watch on their tiny black and white set, we watched PBS. Yes, PBS. Grandma made...


Say Yes to ‘Responsible Romance’ in the Workplace


What’s your policy on workplace romance? Chances are, any rules or policies you put into place will be no match for the human heart.

As a CHRO with 30 years of experience in the field, I can assure you that rules do little to change human behavior when it comes to mutual attraction in the workplace.

New research from SHRM finds that 27 percent of American workers have had a workplace romance, 41 percent have been asked on a date by a co-worker and 23 percent have asked a co-worker...


8 Workplace Guard Rails for a Happy #ValentinesDay



We all know that the initial purpose of Valentine’s Day was for individuals to express their love to those whom they love in a non-platonic way. I was tempted to say romantic, but I once had a manager deny there was any romantic relationship because “it was only sex.”

Over time, however, the meaning of Valentine’s Day has changed. Just look at cards to parents, grandparents, kids, etc. There is no sexual message.

Many employees acknowledge the day...


How to Create Powerful, Positive Mentoring Relationships


In our study on Disruption and Reskilling, we found that one of the top ways employees want to learn new and different skill sets is through coaching and mentoring. However, mentoring is one of those concepts that is often oversimplified in the workplace. It’s more than a casual conversation or one-way relationship. As today’s guest on We’re Only Human puts it, there’s a level of “needed nervousness” to create positive tension and a supportive relationship. In other words, if you’re always comfortable, you are overlooking growth opportunities and you’re not developing at the rate you could be.