Posts Tagged Communication
How many MBAs does it take to manage a factory of robots?
Some workplace conversations are just hard to have.
Like telling two of three applicants for a promotion that they won’t be getting one. Or speaking frankly about how unproductive your company’s meetings are.
I think we all recognize the “cone of silence” from Get Smart. Information is kept highly confidential among a select few. On the screen, hilarity ensues and somehow the good guys manage to save the day. In the workplace, however, this kind of tight-lipped operation often leads to very negative consequences.
I’m fortunate to work for really great owners that genuinely care about our team members. But at the same time, they’re business people. They don’t do it just to make themselves feel good, or to be charitable. Business needs to operate profitably, otherwise we’re all in trouble. Bottom line, if we pay you to do a job, you’re important. But is that enough?
Attitude is not about being aggressive or obnoxious. It is about being competent, taking a stand when you have the information and the facts, and not backing down. It sounds relatively simple, but it is difficult for HR practitioners when you have people all day long pressing you to move their agenda instead of doing what is best for your business and your people.
The other day, I was scrolling through Facebook, and I get a notification that my friend and college roommate tagged me. He shares very openly some pretty major challenges in his life (depression, losing his house and belongings in a fire. You know, THAT kind of major). Then he says “I wouldn’t be where I am today without the following:”, listing a number of people, including me.
Two things hit me instantly:
My pal and FOT contributor, Tim Sackett, wrote a blog post called Sackett’s Top 10 Fast Food Foods Of All Time. It spoke to me. I’m not ashamed to say I love fast food. I’m smart enough to only consume small quantities, but damn it, I’m ‘merican.
Our world, and our lives, seem like they are nothing but an endless chain of distractions. Items rarely catch our attention for more than mere seconds at a time. If fact, it's a bit ironic to write this observation on a blog that may get read and possibly shared, liked or retweeted - but only for a moment.
How well connected you are used to be measured by the number of physical handshakes you made throughout your business life. Today your ‘social currency’ is your digital footprint.
How many digital connections, followers or friends have you accumulated through your social media platforms? Yes, platforms as in plural. It doesn’t count if you have a Facebook account to keep tabs on the kids and post photos of Sunday’s cafe breakfast!
Two years ago, my wife and I were blessed with not one, but two little bundles of joy. As they grow and develop, I am coming to believe that I am learning as much from them as they are from my wife and I. It got me to thinking about my job in HR, and how I have evolved as a professional and as a leader.
For HR professionals, “friending” employees on Facebook or connecting on other social media sites is far from a simple decision.
That’s what Chelsea Wheeler discovered after she posed the question “Do any of you accept friend requests on social media from employees?” to the HR Department of One group on SHRM Connect, the Society for Human Resource Management’s online community.
Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and author of Lean In, lost her husband Dave unexpectedly in 2015. This year, she teamed up with her friend and Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Adam Grant, to write Option B.
Option A is the employee's life with the loved one. Option B is surviving without him or her.
Policies in the workplace: You can’t live with ’em and you can’t live without ’em.
Or can you?
Some say employment policies are essential for establishing expectations and avoiding litigation. Others think that policies are rules created by people who don’t know how to manage performance.
Employment attorney Heather Bussing falls into the latter camp.