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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...
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...
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, 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? 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...
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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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...
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...
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
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...