After so many years of work experience, you might be asking yourself if it’s
time to move into a management role. There are generally two paths in a career:
individual contributor or manager. Like most people, I’ve had many different
managers over the years and only a handful of truly effective ones. Management
may look attractive from the outside due to the potential exposure and salary
gain, but it certainly isn’t for everyone, as it also comes with much greater
responsibility and accountabiliIntegrity: the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles.
Dishonesty in the workplace comes in many forms from employee theft,
disrespectful social media sharing, submitting incorrect time sheets, abusive
behavior, unethical conduct such as harassment, and lying to co-workers and
Within the United States, around 120 million people go to work each day. A
recent study conducted by the Washington, D.C. – based Ethics Resource Center
(ERC), revealed that almost half of tWhat was your most memorable on-boarding experience? Maybe you received a
personal welcome note from your new manager? Did you receive a package full of
company swag in the mail? Was there an immediate in-depth training program? Were
you welcomed with encouragement from all levels of the organization? Maybe you
received all the tools/software to do your job successfully? Or maybe you were
assigned a mentor?
You were probably convinced that you made the right decision and you were on the
way to Most of us have worked with team members who are abrasive, bullies, and
condescending. Their mere presence instills fear, and everyone walks on
eggshells wondering if they are going to be the next target.
So, why do they still have jobs? As an HR Manager, I can tell you most of the
time the reason is that they get results. Since their results improve the bottom
line, their behaviors get overlooked.
But, the problem with that is they single-handedly destroy the morale of
everyone around them. TOnboarding helps new employees adjust to the social and performance parts of
their jobs so they can quickly become productive members of the company.
Effective onboarding is critical, yet so many organizations get it wrong. The
first few days or weeks will leave a lasting impression on new hires and if done
inadequately, you risk losing them. These tips will help ensure successful
1. Start the onboarding process before the employee even starts. Send all
required paperwork to While I was recently job searching for a new role, I unfortunately had negative
experiences with some abysmal Recruiters. But, I also have read some
unreasonable job ads that are potentially discouraging good candidates from even
applying in the first place. So, I wanted to follow up on my past article, Why
Do We Make the Hiring Process So Difficult
focus on job ads that I find to be ridiculous and add to my points A recent survey by Robert Half found that only 39% of all workers negotiated a
higher salary during their last job offer. The survey also found that men were
more likely than women to negotiate and that employees aged 18 to 34 were also
more likely to negotiate (April 2018 HR Magazine).
Salary isn’t the only piece of an offer that is negotiable. Bonus percentage,
sign-on bonus amount, relocation benefits, time off, work schedule, start date,
and telecommuting can also be modified.
It’s surpris“I can’t wait to complete my annual performance evaluation form and have that
meeting with my manager. It’s incredibly motivating to rehash events that
happened up to twelve months ago and discuss my shortcomings, mistakes, and
accomplishments,” said no employee ever.
“I am so much looking forward to trying to remember every detail and achievement
for each of my many direct reports and fill out a form for human resources. It’s
especially rewarding since I am not very good with conflict or givinOver the past decade or so, I’ve noticed candidates becoming increasingly more
casual in attire when they arrive for interviews. I would say about 50% of
candidates dress in a suit, and this spans across all levels, including
professional and non-professional roles. Others wear jeans and a t-shirt and
still others wear dress pants and a polo or button-down shirt. I’ve been
involved in hundreds of interviews over recent years.
I will never forget about five or six years ago when I was job-huntinAn important part of the interview preparation process is developing intelligent
questions to ask the interview team. I can’t tell you how many times at the end
of an interview, when we ask the candidate if he or she has any questions, the
answer is “no.” How is it that you don’t have one question to ask? It could be
about the company, the culture, the work environment, etc.
It is a major red flag if you don’t ask questions. And this one is so easy to
prepare for. You can even use similar questOpen workspaces are becoming more popular, especially in high technology
industries. Robert Half published an article, “Open Debate: Many Companies Move
Toward Open Vs. Private Workspaces
” that summarizes the pros and cons of each set up. The majority (56 percent) of
human resources managers whose companies have changed their workspaces in recent
years said their companies moved to an open A recent survey (https://www.bna.com/survey-38-employers-n73014451081/) found
that 38% of U.S. employers offer paid parental leave and that the average amount
of time off offered was 4.1 weeks.
This benefit is being offered more commonly due to weak federal and state laws
supporting working families. But, is the benefit fair to those who are either
past child-bearing years or for those who choose to not have children?
I think organizations should change the benefit to cover all types of family