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The Next Generation Of HR Leaders Depends On You

By Ron Thomas

“What we call this group is a succession plan for Virginia banking,” (Bruce) Whitehurst said. “For any industry, success lies in energizing the next generation.” Sometimes during our daily reading, we come across statements that give us pause. Those type of statements normally cause me to stop and lookout with a distant gaze, all in the realization that they nailed it with...

How to Win Friends and Influence People: HR Edition

By Ben Eubanks

Want to be a true HR leader within your business? Learn to influence others. When you think about it, there are few decisions that HR makes with ultimate authority. A significant portion of what we accomplish comes through the influence, coaching, and guidance of our peers, executives, and staff. I’d even go so far as saying that the majority of what we are proud of as HR leaders comes from ...

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...

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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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Is a Hostess Gift Appropriate for a Company Party?

By Susan Morem

Dear Sue: I've been invited to attend an after-work social function at the home of my company's CEO. The email invitation came from him, but it said that he and his wife would be hosting the event. From what I gather, people from the out of town offices will be attending as well as executives from the office I work in. The CEO wants everyone to get to know each other better. Spouses are not invite...

Giving Ownership - Literally - To Employees

By Alexandra Levit

Over at the Intuit Small Business blog, Gil Zeimer has some terrific how-to advice for motivating employees through ownership in the business. According to Gil, such ownership helps to attract and retain valued employees, helps keep salaries in check, provides workers with a stronger feeling of camaraderie, generally boosts employee performance as workers focus on long-term goals, and may ev...

Generation Y Managing Baby Boomers: In Good Company?

The experienced professional, 51 years of age, gets a brand new boss... who happens to be a 26-year old "rising star." Is this scenario in the new hit movie, In Good Company, an unlikely story? Or a growing phenomenon? Answer: There is a growing incidence of employees reporting to younger supervisors/managers which dovetails with the much larger shift away from traditional sources of authority in ...