Can Your Team Recover from Workplace Drama?

Heather Bussing asks, “Can a workplace recover from discrimination or harassment or whistleblower drama?” It seems that second chances are never evenly distributed and resentments have a long half-life. What can HR do?
 

Dropping Annual Reviews While Still Measuring Performance

“Managers, supervisors, and senior leaders are thrilled that performance appraisals are “retired.” Employees say the conversations feel more constructive, promote two-way dialogue, and allow for more participation versus the managers writing and delivering a review.” - Mark Millett, SHRM-CP, Human Resources Manager at A.I.M. Mutual Insurance Companies
 

Is Terminating an Employee a Good Thing?

“Making an employment change is a big deal. It’s hard, even when it’s voluntary, because we have so much of our identities wrapped up in what we do.” - Heather Bussing
 

Before You Engage In A Difficult Conversation

Putting off difficult conversations can have consequences. But, sometimes the best course of action is doing nothing. Jamie Resker explains how to evaluate whether you should have a discussion with an employee, and if so, the best way to handle it.
 

Consider These Three Things Before You Engage In A Difficult Conversation

“At work, at home, and in life, people fall short of our expectations and do things that irritate and disappoint us. The behaviors and actions of others can trigger feelings of anger, irritation, and anxiety.” - Jamie Resker
 

When Best Practices Don’t Work

If you want to do what other people were doing last year, spend a lot of time navel-gazing, and define success according to conventional standards.
 

When is Termination a Good Thing?

“Making an employment change is a big deal. It’s hard, even when it’s voluntary, because we have so much of our identities wrapped up in what we do.” – Heather Bussing
 

Don’t Assume: Find Out What Is Real

Susan LaMotte discusses the cost of HR policies that rely on leadership assumptions that are out of touch or based on outdated employment experience.
 

Why Best Practices Suck

“Shouldn’t we learn from others and determine the most effective way to reach our goals, benchmark our progress, and achieve success? Best practices are only best if you’re just practicing. And I have no clue what a benchmark really is, or what you do with one.” – Heather Bussing
 

When Best Practices Don’t Work

If you want to do what other people were doing last year, spend a lot of time navel gazing, and define success according to conventional standards.