Category Archives: HR Practice

Improve Your Managerial Skills with One Simple Habit

Was there any time within the last week where you had a few minutes with nothing to do? Perhaps you were waiting for a meeting or conference call to start. How did you use those few minutes? Did you check your social media accounts, your email or your phone messages? The author of this article suggests that the next time you have a few minutes of wait time, review the past week and take a minute to thank someone who Read the rest

Three Ways Managers Can Ignite and Engage Their Teams

Have you noticed that some of your employees or team members appear to be running out of steam—and it’s only March? If so, the author of this article says that the culprit could be your management style. A person’s lack of motivation, energy and passion for their work can be a key predictor of success or failure on the job. If an employee lacks motivation, it will usually be detected in how they “show-up” —in their work and their attitude. Read the rest

Seven Ways to Motivate Employees in the New Year

Are you the type of manager or human resource professional who believes that it is not your responsibility to motivate employees? Yes, some employees are motivated by feeling a sense of accomplishment and achievement for meeting personal and professional goals. Many are self-disciplined and self-motivated. But how would you feel about an employee who came to work but wasn’t engaged? Who had no energy or creativity, showed no initiative, didn’t get much accomplished, wasn’t committed to your goals Read the rest

What’s Replacing Job Interviews?

Most employers rely on the traditional in-person job interview to make hiring decisions. However, the author of this article gives several reasons that interviews don’t lead to good hires. First, a large percentage of people are not completely honest during interviews. Also, interviewers subconsciously allow their biases to cloud their judgments regarding candidates. The article “argues that we should disrupt the HR process of live, in-person interviews and replace them with ‘job auditions’ that are relevant to the tasks Read the rest

Ridding the Workplace of Sexual Harassment Means No More Excuses

A new year is almost here, and still we are bombarded with stories in the media of continuing accusations of sexual harassment in the workplace. In the last few years, HR professionals rushed to ensure staff were trained regarding appropriate behavior. Mandates were issued requiring employees to watch brief videos on sexual harassment. Believing that their responsibility was met, in many cases, nothing more was done. There were no sweeping changes. Work life continued as usual. However, with mounting lawsuits, Read the rest

Seven Tips for Coaching Employees to Improve Performance

Are all the people you supervise exactly the same? Do they think the same way? Do they work in precisely the same manner? Do they all have the same level of understanding of their jobs? Of course not! So how do you manage them all? As individuals? The best managers/coaches don’t use the same coaching style for each individual team member. They’re flexible enough to adapt to the situation at hand. The author of this article asserts the idea that Read the rest

You Don’t Have to Like Someone to Work with Them, but…

They say you don’t have to like someone to work with them. True enough – there are bound to be some colleagues you don’t necessarily like but with whom you still work well because you have some level of respect for each other. The author of this article explains that “respect is a key driver of partnership, collaboration, and teamwork in the workplace. Neuroscience indicates that without having at least some respect for a colleague, it’s almost impossible to work Read the rest

How to Reduce Personal Bias When Hiring

Most libraries and organizations say they want a diverse workforce. They even craft policies that dictate ways to achieve diversity.  However, when it comes to actual hiring practices, the results of searches often do not yield much change in the status quo—a staff that is largely homogeneous. This is because we all have biases that impact our professional decisions, especially hiring. Let’s face it, most people gravitate to others who are like them in some way. Perhaps you believe Read the rest

All Management Is Change Management

Change is part of life. Someone gets married. Someone is born. Someone graduates. Someone gets promoted. Someone retires. Life is a cycle of change. Change is not always easy. Even happy events of change often require adjustments. This is true of life in general and of work in particular. Some employers encourage the treatment of change as something special and larger-than-life. They go all out to engage specialists to help employees prepare and adjust to change. But change is part Read the rest

11 Things Managers Should Never Say to Their Teams

I don’t have time to talk right now. That’s not important. Leave your personal issues at home. I don’t pay you so I can do your job. 

Have you ever made one of these statements to someone you supervise? Or, have you ever said something to one of your supervisees that you wish you hadn’t? Probably everyone who manages others has at some point said something that they wish they could take back. Sometimes what seems like a good thing Read the rest