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The Winds of Change Usually Kick Up Some Dust

By Joan Lloyd

I've always loved the fairy tale, "The Emperor's New Clothes." It's such a wonderful metaphor for situations in life in which one person sees things one way and another person doesn't see it at all. Take the example of organizational change. What one person can visualize, another can't. And that's where resistance comes in. "Resistance" is a word we use to describe what a person is doing if they d...

Tips For Smoothing The transition of New Co-workers

By Joan Lloyd

Dear Joan: I appreciated an article you wrote in which you cover hints for new employees. I would be very interested in a column covering this situation from the perspectives of the other parties as well; the current employees and the manager. A particular problem I encounter as a manager of technical employees is finding a way to help new employees bring ideas from their former position into thei...

New and Improved Performance Review Methods

By Sarah Landrum

The yearly performance review can be a stressful time for everyone. Employees don’t like to hear them and bosses don’t like to prepare them. They’re difficult to do, time consuming and don’t really allow both parties to walk away feeling like something good was accomplished. In some cases, it can be demoralizing and hurt the employee’s work performance instead of bols...

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Organizational structure can be underlying cause of workplace issues

By Joan Lloyd

Organizational structure, much like a human skeletal structure, determines what shape an organization will take. We don't spend much time thinking about our skeletal structure until something breaks, and so it goes with organizations. How an organization is structured basically means how the reporting relationships and work teams are organized. It reveals a great deal about the culture, function a...

What questions can employers legally ask?

By Nick Reddin

Question: What questions can employers legally ask? When dealing with background checks, are there limits to how far back they can go? Are they just looking for felonies or misdemeanors too? I hate answering these questions. I am in the process of getting an assault charge cleared from 12 years ago that was a false charge to begin with. This is a great question that a lot o...

A Hard Look at the Soft Stuff

By Janine Moon

With some clarity I remember hearing my Mother say, "That's why they call it work!" The comment usually was in response to a complaint about a seemingly difficult or distasteful task. Work, then, became synonymous with anything but play. Always difficult, and something to be suffered. While I've since discovered that "fun work" or "engaging work" is not an oxymoron, many workers have not. The res...

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4 Secrets To Making Friends With HR

By Mark Feffer

Most job seekers regard HR as an obstacle. After all, these are the people who position themselves between your resume and the hiring manager, and who seem more concerned with making sure procedures are followed then quickly filling a position. It’s the wrong attitude. If you work with them correctly, HR managers and staffers can become great sources of information, helpful advice and even b...

Tell Them What Problem You Can Solve

By Norine Dagliano

A few years ago I drove past a billboard that read “Look Better Naked.” The advertisement was for a fitness club. That’s good advertising! Too often businesses advertise their product or service by describing what they are offering. This business cut to the chase – they found my pain point and positioned themselves as the solution. Too often job seekers approach empl...

Levels of Decision Making in the Workplace

By Jane Weddle

Every day at work we are faced with decisions to be made. Leaders are faced with many issues when making decisions and employee perception plays a big role in the outcome of those decisions. How are your decisions made in your workplace? Workplace experts say that taking time to gather employee input can be worth the effort. Evidence has shown that productivity increases with decisions that are ma...