Open Office Blues

Shh! Be quiet! I'm trying to work! The greatest corporate lie of the last 20 years (and geez, there have been more than a few candidates for that honor) is that the open office concept works. What nonsense. Article after article has suggested that somehow this openness translates into faster communication and synergistic creativity as … Continue reading Open Office Blues

2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 16,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many … Continue reading 2014 in review

One Step

Slow down.The best employee relations advice I ever received was from Max Schellman early in my career. I don't know where good old Max is anymore, but I still take his counsel to heart and share it today with you: better to be one step too slow than one step too fast.In the US employee … Continue reading One Step

Goals

Are you ready? It's that time of year for young and old to review, reflect and reset goals. Whether you do this consciously and deliberately or through fits and starts, many of us use the end of the calendar year to think about what will be in setting goals. Now, if you need help with … Continue reading Goals

Denigration

Let's rethink 2015. Like you perhaps I'm an avid reader of blogs, post, articles, links etc related to the art and science of organization behavior, or, how work gets done. And perhaps also like you I've noted a trend that started certainly before the current year, yet has reached new heights (depths) in 2014. The … Continue reading Denigration

Best Blogs 19 Dec 2014

Welcome to #BestBlogs, the weekly curation of the world of work.The latest ideas on organization life, personal collaboration and the power of work in life from practitioners around the globe are collected here so you may become more effective, perhaps even more satisfied, in career.Every week our theme emerges organically and I this last week … Continue reading Best Blogs 19 Dec 2014

Its You

Not long ago I wrote about some silly things employers do to mash up the recruitment process. You can read that here¬†https://christopherinhr.wordpress.com/2014/12/04/it-happens/. In all fairness though it helps to balance the equation by reporting on a few things I've experienced (I've been recruiting a long time) that candidates do. It seems there is plenty of … Continue reading Its You

Best Blogs 12 Dec 2014

Welcome to #BestBlogs, the weekly curation of the world of work. The latest ideas on organization life, personal collaboration and the power of work in life from practitioners around the globe are collected here so you may become more effective, perhaps even more satisfied, in career. Every week our theme emerges organically and the holiday … Continue reading Best Blogs 12 Dec 2014

The Specialist

Are you comfy? In the U.S. we have Employee Relations Specialists. We might call them managers or reps, and frequently just ER, but get to a certain size and you will employ these people too. Not to be confused with Industrial Relations people from the 1950s discipline, these people do a very different - and … Continue reading The Specialist

The Bell Ringer

Ring your bell.There's an old grocery store here - well, 40 years, old by US standards - that I don't use much. You see I can walk to two others and they're both organic so I don't need the first often. But it is near and big and every now and then I stop in. … Continue reading The Bell Ringer