Workplace Culture

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Part-time workers in the U.S. are 54 percent more likely to report having been diagnosed with depression than their full-time counterparts, and those with a history of depression miss 57 percent more workdays than do full-time employees with the same background, according to a new Gallup poll.
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August 14, 2013

At the 2011 SHRM national conference, former SHRM President Susan Meisinger chaired a session entitled, “10 Things Your CEO Will Never Tell You but HR Needs to Know.”  Why wouldn’t a CEO be compelled to tell the head of HR what they tell others who sit around the table? Why, why, why?

The core issue seems to be one of HR having both a longstanding identity problem and a fairly widespread public relations problem.

"That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain” –Hamlet.

August 13, 2013

As almost everyone now knows, Sheryl Sandberg is the COO of Facebook.  She is also the author of the ground-breaking book, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead .

I have read the book twice.  Simply put, I think it is a brilliant manifesto for women and men alike.

Yet, the acclaim is not universal.  To the contrary, the book has been met with some hot criticism.

August 8, 2013

On July 31, @weknownext chatted with special guest Curtis Midkiff (@SHRMSMG) about looking beyond the resume.

In case you missed it, here are all the great tweets from the chat...


July 31, 2013
In a recent Business Insider article, Jeff Haden put the pressure on interviewers, rather than the interviewee, to find the right candidate.  Employers often rely on the interviewee to do all the work – prepare, impress, and seal the deal.  Interviewers can turn the process around and proactively find the candidate that his or her organization needs by looking beyond just a resume.
July 26, 2013
PHILADELPHIA—When it comes to hiring top talent to lead organizations through both predictable and unforeseeable challenges in today’s rapidly evolving business world, choosing someone who is a cultural fit and aligned with organizational values is key, CEOs said recently. 
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July 25, 2013

On July 24, @weknownext chatted with special guest Robin Schooling (@RobinSchooling) about HR Philosophy and Finding the Right Fit.

In case you missed it, here are all the great tweets from the chat...


July 24, 2013
Businesses of all shapes and sizes are currently experiencing changes in the makeup of their workforce – from alterations in the economic landscape, technological advances, globalization, and – for the first time in the U.S. - members of five generations working, living, buying, driving, and aging together with one another.  
July 23, 2013
Since 2003, 25 states have introduced workplace bullying legislation that would allow workers to sue for harassment without requiring a showing of discrimination.
Critics contend that these laws would encourage frivolous lawsuits. Could they protect workers from bullying while not opening up employers to scores of meritless claims or imposing a civility code on the workplace?
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July 22, 2013

Just as each organization has its own operational philosophy, culture and strategic goals, so too must its HR team have a well-defined philosophy that outlines how they will carry out their responsibilities in alignment. Sadly, a number of HR departments have taken this to mean that they should develop buzzword -filled pieces of marketing collateral that can be blessed by their PR departments and placed on company websites.

July 19, 2013
Beyond the traditional benefits menu most employers offer—health, life and disability insurance, along with retirement savings vehicles—lies a landscape of alternative benefits that are as unique as the organizations offering them.
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July 19, 2013

On July 17, @weknownext chatted with special guest Jennie Walker (@luminaryglobal1) about Global Fusion and Workforce Inclusion.

In case you missed it, here are all the great tweets from the chat...


July 17, 2013

As organizations have become more welcoming and, in many cases, keenly interested in actively recruiting diverse employees there is much discussion about what constitutes an inclusive workplace.  This is a challenge for many organizations at the local and national levels. 

When organizations go global, or have an international mix of diverse employees at a single location, inclusion takes on added complexity through additional layers of cultural considerations such as language, local cultural norms, and sometimes greater divides in socio-economic privileges among employees. 

July 11, 2013
Nobody likes the Whiner, the person at the office who complains about everything and hurts workplace morale. Then there’s the Know-It-All, the annoying co-worker who weighs in on seemingly everything with an expert opinion. Just as maddening is the Super-Agreeable employee, the one who says yes to everything but doesn’t always follow through.
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July 11, 2013
Despite evidence that cultural awareness and preparation can improve the success of cross-border ventures, many international companies still fall short in developing their employees’ global competencies.
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June 28, 2013
You’re the HR director at a national bank whose switchboard operators are good at selling products when clients call with account questions. Your firm’s acquired a regional bank whose operators get high marks for customer satisfaction. Turns out, the regional bank operators don’t like pushing products during customer-service calls; they think it’s rude.
What do you do?
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June 17, 2013

At PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, senior partners regularly pair up with women of color who are managers or directors and begin grooming them for more responsibility. The partners act as mentors, provide coaching, introduce the women to a broader network of business associates, give them high-profile assignments and provide feedback on their job performance.

The mentoring was among the reasons Working Mother magazine this month chose the New York-based consulting firm as one of this year’s “Best Companies for Multicultural Women.”

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June 7, 2013

Assigning someone to a global role who is unprepared or disinterested in it can have long-term effects on both the individual and the company.

June 6, 2013

Perhaps it should come as little surprise that smartphones give people a sense of personal connection—that we use them throughout the day to stay in touch with friends and family through text messages, e-mail, Facebook and phone calls. However, recent studies paint a picture of startling social change as these multitasking minicomputers become all but universal, both at work and at home.

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May 27, 2013

Where do young professionals see themselves in the next 10, 15 … 25 years? 

Where do their employers see them?

We know that the next generation of workers has already initiated a historical shift in the workplace.  They’re demanding cultures that are mobile, flexible, collaborative, and learning-focused.  They view top-down organizational structures as obstacles for accomplishing goals and prefer networks of peers over hierarchy.  

But what do they think about leadership and ladder climbing when their vision for the future doesn’t really have any ladders?

May 6, 2013