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The Really Human Part of Human Resources

By Jeana Quigley

HR gets stuck in some pretty interesting positions. We talk a lot about the varying roles HR fills: compliance, managing PTO and updating employee information. Then there’s hiring, developing and retaining to think about. Oh, and you can’t forget culture. One thing that doesn’t come up as often in the HR blogs and articles we’re all reading is those moments when HR is right...

5 Reasons Leaders Admit When They’re Wrong

By Dianne Booher

Do these statements sound familiar? “We had no control over that project in our department.” “Upper management made those decisions.” “Competitors forced us into those arrangements.” “Those policies are set by the government/industry regulators/committee.” “If it were my decision, I’d handle it differently.” “I wasn’t gi...

Four Tips For Working Successfully In A Diverse Workplace

By Brad Karsh

In our global economy, diversity is everywhere. Our workplaces are diverse with differences in personality, talent, education, race, age, gender, religion, ethnicity, culture, and more. With so many different individuals as co-workers, customers, bosses, and clients, how do we all get along and work together for greater success? Here are a few tips for managers for motivating and engaging a divers...

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Performance review - tips for writing your self assessment

By Joan Lloyd

Dear Joan: My performance review is coming up in a few weeks and I would like to ask you a question about something that has me ill at ease. Last week my boss asked me if I would fill out a ‘self assessment," which is basically filling out my own performance review. I have never done this before and I'm not sure what I should do. What is the purpose? Isn't my supervisor supposed to be doing ...

Describe Your Ideal Work Environment

By John Putzier

Have you ever been asked to describe your ideal work environment? What do they want to hear? What if I describe something that they cannot provide? Isn't this a no-win question? As I have indicated in prior "gut wrenchers" articles, when in doubt, tell the truth. What a concept! Actually, that is what you should do. The reason so many people find questions like these so difficult is because they d...

The Art of Negotiating a Raise, Promotion, Better Job Title, and Bonus

By Teena Rose

Negotiation is a give-and-take process until an eventual agreement is reached between two or more parties. To understand the art of negotiation, a jobseeker must understand that it is a give process as much as it is a receiving process. Look at the proposition from the side of your employer. When faced with such a proposition, your superior will ask himself the reasons you're deserving of more and...

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Don’t Confuse Anger With Aggression

By Joan Lloyd

Does the ability to get along with people on the job mean that you should never get angry? Hardly. In fact, managers who attempt to suppress their own anger and avoid confrontation may be seen as non-assertive and ineffective by their fellow workers at all levels. Some people are reluctant to express anger because they confuse anger with aggression. Anger is not only a natural emotion but one that...

When Getting Fired Isn't a Surprise

By Judi Perkins

Ever been fired and it was a complete surprise? If you have, it shouldn’t have been. You missed the cues. Whether you created it or the company decided it, you lost control of your career. Frequently those two are intertwined, and if you don’t dissect the experience, you may recreate it. A Gallup poll found that 77% of Americans hate their jobs. To me, that’s not a ...

An Attitude of Gratitude

By Alvah Parker

My plans for this past weekend fell through. I had planned a 6:30am flight on Saturday morning to New Jersey to visit my grandchildren. Needless to say I was excited about the trip. In fact I was packing for it all week. On Friday at noon it started snowing here and the weather forecasters sounded certain that it would continue all night. They also said if you were on...