Leadership and Management

Recruiting, Leadership and Management

Hiring Biases We Need to Get Over

The available candidate pool is tight. It is taking months to fill positions. Yet, hiring managers and recruiters are still holding on to outdated stereotypes and biases that keep them from hiring good people. Here is a list of biases we need to get over so we can build our teams with the strongest members possible: 1. Age: This should never be a factor in an employment decision, although in reality, I know that older candidates are passed over frequently. Why is this? Do we think they
Brenda Maday
Brenda Maday
3 min read
Employee Relations, Leadership and Management

How to Be the Worst Employee Ever

Most managers have that one employee who is just a nightmare! Yes. This is true. They may dread seeing them in the hallway or may not look forward to one-on-one meetings with them. If the manager hired them, they constantly question how they missed the warning signs during the interview process. If they inherited them from another team, they wonder how in the world they are still employed. I thought it was only fair to cover both sides and follow up on my previous article: How to Be the Worst M
Brenda Maday
Brenda Maday
2 min read
Employee Relations, Leadership and Management, Training and Development

How and When to Ask for a Raise

You are diligently working long hours, crushing deadlines, and receiving excellent feedback from colleagues at all levels of the organization. Maybe you have taken on more responsibilities and/or joined a cross-functional team that is beyond your scope. Most of us believe we deserve and are worth much more money than we are actually paid. Sometimes this is true; other times, not so much. If you are planning to ask for a raise, here are some guidelines: 1. Be prepared to list specific accompli
Brenda Maday
Brenda Maday
2 min read
Leadership and Management

What is Your Management Style?

If you are a manager, you likely have a specific style that you gravitate toward. However, the best managers know how to use a variety of styles based on situations and the individual employee. Generally, there are six different management styles: 1. Autocratic: This style is directive. The manager tells employees what to do and they fear consequences for not following specific directions. Employees are not allowed to think freely and managers don’t seek feedback. This style is ef
Brenda Maday
Brenda Maday
2 min read
Training and Development, Leadership and Management

Can I Advance My Career Without a Formal Promotion?

Yes. You can! When we think of career development, we usually think in terms of vertical or upward movement. This could include a new title, a bigger paycheck/bonus, a higher level of responsibility, a team to manage, etc. However, in smaller companies, this option may not be available because there are much fewer upward opportunities overall. You may be waiting years for someone to either leave the company or retire. There is also a much greater internal pool of potential candidates as your co
Brenda Maday
Brenda Maday
2 min read
Leadership and Management

Transparency in Leadership

Transparency in business means honesty and openness; the quality of being easily seen through. So many organizations claim to have an “open door” policy. But, how many actually demonstrate this value? Take a moment to think about the best companies you have worked for. I bet that the best companies had an open and honest leadership culture. You felt like you truly could speak frankly about your ideas, gripes, and what the leadership team needed to do to make the workplace better. This organiza
Brenda Maday
Brenda Maday
1 min read
Leadership and Management, Employee Relations

Starbucks and Unconscious Bias

Two men were recently arrested at a Starbucks coffee shop in Philadelphia for trespassing after they did not purchase anything. They were waiting for a friend and one asked to use the restroom. The store manager asked them to leave and they refused so she called 911. How many times have you hung out at a coffee shop all day to work and use the free wi-fi? Did you use the restroom while you were there? Were you asked to leave? Probably not. This extremely unfortunate event shows how much more f
Brenda Maday
Brenda Maday
1 min read
Recruiting, Leadership and Management

Why Do We Make the Hiring Process So Difficult?

Organizations need to improve their hiring processes. The job market shifts over the years, but currently we are in a candidate’s market. This means that companies are struggling to find top talent and candidates are getting multiple job offers. Due to this reality, everyone who is involved in the hire process needs to do a better job to make fast decisions and streamline the process. Let’s start with the application process. Why are some companies still requiring candidates to not only upload
Brenda Maday
Brenda Maday
3 min read
Employee Relations, Leadership and Management

Why Are You Crying?

Crying in the workplace - sobbing, shaking, hyperventilating. Why do tears make people so uncomfortable? Due to the nature of my role, I witness people (men, women, managers) crying quite frequently. It doesn't bother me in the slightest. I offer a tissue, listen sympathetically, and provide resources and/or solutions. I do my best to make the person feel comfortable. However, so many people don't know how to cope when someone starts crying. It may be in a private 1:1 meeting behind closed doo
Brenda Maday
Brenda Maday
1 min read
Employee Relations, Leadership and Management

Why Do So Many People Loathe HR?

I am an HR professional who has worked in the Human Resources field in different roles for over eighteen years. I have been an HR Generalist, Senior HR Generalist, and HR Manager in the manufacturing, contract manufacturing, machining, and non-profit health care industries. I have practiced all HR functions including talent acquisition, performance management, training, coaching, management, employee relations, benefits, and compensation. Whenever there is an interesting article about job searc
Brenda Maday
Brenda Maday
4 min read
Employee Engagement and Retention, Leadership and Management

How to Be the Worst Manager Ever

I’ve worked with both excellent and horrible managers throughout my career. Being the site HR Representative for many years has given me the advantage of understanding what employees are looking for in a manager, and it really isn’t that difficult to be a well-respected, desired manager. Here are the top things to do to be considered the worst manager ever with incredibly high turnover in your department: 1. Do not make time for your employees. Do not schedule one on one or team meetings.
Brenda Maday
Brenda Maday
2 min read
Leadership and Management, Performance Management

Giving Meaningful Feedback

We all give feedback to others in the workplace. The feedback may be directed toward your manager, a team member, a direct report, or anyone else you work with on a regular basis. It is important to follow certain guidelines in order for the feedback to resonate: 1.Timely: The feedback should be as close to the observed situation, event, or behavior as possible, preferably within 24 hours. If this is not possible, then within one week would be the longest I would wait. If the time lapse is too
Brenda Maday
Brenda Maday
2 min read