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The Playground Dynamics of HR

For a variety of reasons – none of them important – I found myself thinking about what the playground might look like if we all took recess at work. The marketing team would surely be painting the earth with chalk. The customer facing and/or shop floor employees would be building something in the sandbox, the…

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Get a Mouthpiece that Matters

You spend a lot of time tweaking your HR processes and programs. Much of this time, I’m sure, is spent on enveloping your stuff in the appropriate communications – getting people to use and appreciate what you’ve worked so hard to provide. Email, WebEx, Conference Calls, Desk Drops, Fliers…whatever. My guess is that the returned…

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Did you Honor Labor?

Another Labor Day has come and gone. Summer is over, pools are closing, and we have to put away the white bucks and linen pants until Memorial Day. Maybe it’s my age, but I find myself reflecting more and more on the (true) meaning of holidays lately. Over Independence Day, as an example, I found…

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It’s harder than it looks…

I don’t think it’s impossible to blog and work a full-time job at the same time, but I will freely admit it’s a real bitch to do so during the first few weeks (maybe months) on a NEW full-time job. I know the pros out there will gladly prove me wrong…and others will just say “quit your…

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The Unintended Consequences of Stupid Hiring Policies

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I ran into a company the other day that had the very stringent requirement that all of their Vice Presidents – administrative, sales, clinical – must have a Master’s Degree. They follow this requirement to the letter. They are willing to hire professionals at the Director level if they are at least pursuing a graduate…

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