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Brett Favre, Green Bay and Losing Your Best Guy

If you haven’t been following the Brett Favre unretirement story, bless your heart. From the perspective of an HR person, it is a gut wrenching affair that I hope I never have the pleasure of dealing with. Here is the scenario from my demented HR side: Your longest serving and best employee (and one of […]

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Generation Envy

How petulant Generation Y haters can be worse than the “Gen Y is Better” crowd. It is a sunny day and I am inside. While I long for the outdoors, I am reminded that the flexibility to let me go outside and play is embedded in my GDNA (that’s short for Generational DNA). Ah, the […]

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Follow up on your first kiss or don’t even bother

So you finally get the courage to ask the guy or gal of your dreams out. It is a fantastic day because the stars have aligned and they have accepted your invitation. You make all the plans as to what you are going to do, what it is all going to involve, times and dates. […]

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Your HR Guy hates holidays

Okay, maybe “hates” is a strong word. And really, I don’t personally hate holidays. But something has got to change. “So how can you hate holidays you sick jerk?” My readers are polite so maybe they wouldn’t ask something like that. In reality, holidays kill momentum in regular businesses* with the assuredness of a Dick […]

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Dress codes should be unnecessary

But they aren’t. We revised our dress code at work and I was reminded about how much I hate enforcing, creating and working with employee dress code issues. And even though we moved in a net positive direction (we decided to allow jeans for all employees), any sort of change always brings handfuls of questions […]

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How to counter-offer when an employee attempts to leave

You’ve heard the begging and pleading. You’ve heard the “Well then you’re fired!” outbursts that lead to potential liability dangers. But I am always surprised to hear that companies…big companies with big HR teams…still don’t know how to effectively counter-offer. First and foremost, the success rates of counter-offers are relatively low to begin with (though […]

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Non-Compete Agreements are Bogus

If there is one document in the hiring process I hate to hear about, it is the non-compete agreement. If there is any single document that can kill a new person’s first day excitement, it is the non-compete agreement. If there is any single document that can rock the foundation of a loyal employee’s trust […]

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Your HR Guy hates Attendance Issues

A person asked me over email about attendance issues and all sorts of mean, nasty things came to my mind when it was mentioned. Oh how I loathe ye great attendance policy. My post on ROWE is the only time I’ve mentioned my despise for workplace attendance policies. There are a lot of different folds […]

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Would you hire a quitter as your CEO?

I hope there is more to this story than what has been publicized. The current Bank of America CFO is quitting due to regulatory burdens. Bank of America doesn’t have any additional regulatory burdens compared to its major competitors. He also seemed to complain that the CFO doesn’t get the glory like the CEO and […]

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Self-management 101

Whenever you go to college and you talk about business and management philosophy, a resounding theme comes up. It is a theme about businesses taking responsibility for poor policy. Whenever your employees aren’t reaching their full potential, you should be looking at your organization, its structure and how well you are communicating expectations to employees. […]