HR Soapbox

Page 9 of 10« First...8910

Think for a second about your most innovative and productive employees. It’s likely that they approach life in the same way they approach work—with an unbridled passion. With the news of Steve Jobs death yesterday, I remembered a remarkable commencement speech the Apple founder gave at Stanford University in 2005. He spoke of that kind of passion for work and life. The highlights ...

What would happen if you walked into the hallway today and posted a listing of every employee's salary, from highest to lowest? Mayhem? Fistfights? Certainly a lot of questions. While secrecy shrouds pay levels in most businesses, one author and consultant argues to let the sun shine in. What do you think? ...

When Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz was ousted this month, she went out in her classic style, with verbal guns blazing. The woman who once threatened certain Yahoo employees to “drop kick them to f***ing Mars,” told the press after her recent firing that Yahoo had “f***ed me over.” Are harsh words and harsh behavior becoming [...]

Make room for another poster on your breakroom wall. This week, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) released a highly controversial notice that employers will have to post in their workplaces by Nov. 14, 2011. The poster notifies employees of their right to form or join a union. What effect do you think the poster will have in your workplace ... if any?

With unemployment stubbornly hovering above 9%, job-seekers are having a hard time resisting the temptation to do some “creative writing” on their résumés. When does unique cross the line into just plain weird? Here are 10 of the most “memorable” résumé claims cited in a recent survey of HR pros and hiring managers ...

Remember the heroes of last year’s World Series-winning San Francisco Giants team—Buster Posey, Tim Lincecum, Brian Wilson … Robin O’Conner. Don’t remember Ms. O’Connor? The Giants’ $80,000-a-year payroll manager must have played a pivotal role because she got a $1,513,836 bonus. In reality, federal autorities say O'Conner embezzled that money the player’s paychecks. How would your organization handle a suspected embezzler? Follow these four tips ...

Hoarding may get your employees a spot on reality TV, but it could damage the professional image of workers—and hurt their chances at a promotion, recent surveys say. If your employees (or you) are organizationally challenged, heed these tips from CareerBuilder and OfficeTeam ...

After a frustratingly bad pitching performance last week, hot-blooded Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano cleaned out his locker, told the staff he wanted to quit baseball and left before the game was over. The next day, Carlos apparently looked at his most recent paycheck and decided to un-resign. That begs the question: How would you handle an employee who tenders a resignation, then changes his or her mind the next day? Can you hold them to their words? ...
Anecdotal evidence points to a great shift in pens, pencils, binders, folders, erasers and other office supplies from America’s workplaces to America’s classrooms as students return from summer break. Also, in late November and December, some companies report a surprising disappearance of Scotch tape. What's HR to do? Your options run the gamut from subtle hints to an Alcatraz-like lockdown and surveillance on the supply drawer ...

The explosion of of iPods, satellite radio and Internet music stations make it easy for employees to create their own personal soundspcape at work. You'll find plenty of studies on the productivity benefits. But tell that to the guy whose cubicle neighbor is jamming to his favorite Whitesnake playist. HR would be wise to set a music policy BEFORE it encounters complaints or even legal risks ...

Page 9 of 10« First...8910