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May the “Force” be With You…

September 20, 2011 Leave a comment

When you get that long awaited job, there is hope and anticipation. You will be able to hold your head up. You will be able to pay your bills. You will be.. an indentured servant? It may well feel that way, all too soon.

Sir Richard Branson, a well known and successful business man thinks poorly of American attitudes toward our workforce, (and I agree with him!) “Sir Richard Branson, the British entrepreneur who has started about 300 companies, doesn’t think much of American policies regarding flextime and vacations. He calls the amount of holidays “horrendous…. Branson says that in the U.S, companies seem to believe that employees should work for them full-time or not at all. But many employees would love to have a job where they can job share, work part-time, or take 6 months of leave. Employees are too scared to ask, he says… American vacation policies stink, Branson says. Branson believes that employees need time to see their children, to reenergize.” (HR Daily Advisor, September 14, 2011)  What a concept. Life outside work. (No more 30 days paid leave in civilian life, you know.)

And these lovely managers use emotional force to get the obedience they think they deserve:  check this out: “What ‘job leveling’ means, in plain English, and how it’s applied to align employees’ actions and behaviors across the workforce”. I don’t know about you  but I feel this describes a bull dozer. ..leveling all in  its path.

A”s the U.S. economy improves, complaints about pay compression (employees drawing similar salaries despite big differences in their experience, skills, and seniority) will simmer out of control in many workplaces. “BLR®—Business & Legal Resources 9-12-11 More happy thoughts! Simmering resentment. I wonder why?

There are American companies that have the human friendly attitude Branson has, where both customers and employees are happy. Find one! So again… the trick is the fit.  You may miss the sense of mission you had in the military, but you can be happy—with the right fit.

For the Love of.. HR?

September 13, 2011 Leave a comment

A Facebook friend of mine points out that “HR”is a form of propaganda. Depressing huh? Still we have ti deal with them, dont we?

 

Read on an HR resource:

*** On a plane, a seatmate asked Lott what his job was. Lott said, “I help companies avoid lawsuits.” “Are you a lawyer?” asked the seatmate. “No, I’m in HR,” Lott said. “Oh, that’s worse,” the person said.” http://hrdailyadvisor.blr.com/archive/2011/09/05/Training_YouTube_Test_HR_Lawsuit.aspx?source=HAC&effort=14

“HR has three pieces to its job, Lott says: the harmony part (morale, culture, conflict resolution), the productivity part (since the recession, getting at least 110 percent out of everyone), and the compliance part (not getting sued). http://hrdailyadvisor.blr.com/archive/2011/09/05/Training_YouTube_Test_HR_Lawsuit.aspx?source=HAC&effort=14

 Sadly, HR is probably worse than law. (I’m a lawyer.) Most people think they are experts at getting things done—even when  that involves others whose job it is to complete various tasks. Of course, very few of us really are experts on this-or on human behavior. How many of get out OWN to-do lists done? Not many.

The best advice I have seen on an HR post lately is this from “Are You a Manager or a Controller? : Hurricane Helps Us Find Out” Friday, September 02, 2011 3:00 AM, by Steve Bruce:

“A lot of executives [read humans] mistakenly believe they’re in control. They think they’ve climbed to the top of the ladder to be in charge. But really the best we can do as managers is, well, manage. All the planning and preparation in the world doesn’t allow you to control events, it only helps you influence or affect the outcome.

It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about your customers, employees, shareholders, or a hurricane, you can’t control what they do. Knowing the difference between controlling and managing can help you to focus on the things you can truly control.”

http://hrdailyadvisor.blr.com/archive/2011/09/02/Epinions_Management_Hurricane_Irene.aspx?source=HAC&effort=16

This also applies in every facet of life. Focus ON WHAT IS REALLY in YOUR hands. Tomorrow—how to stay resilient in the depressing hunt for work.

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Read on an HR resource:

*** On a plane, a seatmate asked Lott what his job was. Lott said, “I help companies avoid lawsuits.” “Are you a lawyer?” asked the seatmate. “No, I’m in HR,” Lott said. “Oh, that’s worse,” the person said.” http://hrdailyadvisor.blr.com/archive/2011/09/05/Training_YouTube_Test_HR_Lawsuit.aspx?source=HAC&effort=14

“HR has three pieces to its job, Lott says: the harmony part (morale, culture, conflict resolution), the productivity part (since the recession, getting at least 110 percent out of everyone), and the compliance part (not getting sued). http://hrdailyadvisor.blr.com/archive/2011/09/05/Training_YouTube_Test_HR_Lawsuit.aspx?source=HAC&effort=14

 

Sadly HR is probably worse than law. (I’m a lawyer.) Most people think they are experts at getting things done—even when  that involves others whose job it is to complete various tasks. Of course, very few of us really are experts on this-or on human behavior.

The best advice I have seen on an HR post lately is this from Hurricane Helps Us Find Out

Friday, September 02, 2011 3:00 AM
by Steve Bruce:

A lot of executives [read humans] mistakenly believe they’re in control. They think they’ve climbed to the top of the ladder to be in charge. But really the best we can do as managers is, well, manage. All the planning and preparation in the world doesn’t allow you to control events, it only helps you influence or affect the outcome.

It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about your customers, employees, shareholders, or a hurricane, you can’t control what they do. Knowing the difference between controlling and managing can help you to focus on the things you can truly control.” Are You a Manager or a Controller?

http://hrdailyadvisor.blr.com/archive/2011/09/02/Epinions_Management_Hurricane_Irene.aspx?source=HAC&effort=16

This also applies in every facet of life. Focus ON WHAT IS REALLY in YOUR hands. Tomorrow—how to stay resilient in the depressing hunt for work.

 

Values Really are Good Business

September 3, 2011 Leave a comment

Well, boys and girls, I took a brief break from this one sided conversation… to have some fun. Then today I had the opportunity to take my own advice. I went on a job interview. It was ALL about values. And it was a blast.

But don’t take my word for it: this from the Zappos CEO: “Hsieh revealed that the company hires for culture. Applicants go through two interview processes, one for “the normal things,” like skills and abilities and experience, and one for “cultural fit.” If applicants don’t pass the cultural fit interview, they won’t be hired, no matter how good their skills or how great their ability to contribute technically.” HR Daily Advisor, August 31, 2011.

In fact Zappos is so committed to the culture that once the possible hiree has been trained they are offered $3,000 to move on. “Bonus to Quit”

“Once people complete the 4-week training period, they are offered a $3,000 bonus to quit. It’s Zappos’ way of saying we only want people who really want to work here. Two or three percent of trainees take the bonus and leave, Hsieh says. Zappos believes that this is money well-spent as these are people who probably wouldn’t have lasted long anyway.

Hsieh says there’s also a positive effect on the trainees who stay. They’re just that much more committed for having rejected the departure bonus.”

HR Daily Advisor, August 31, 2011.

So I suggest you hang tough even if you are feeling that “I will never find the right job”—I sure had to but… I think I have hit pay dirt. I job I can LOVE and where I can be appreciated. Doing WHAT I DO BEST.

 

Stay tuned.