Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Managing "High Flyer" Employees

One of the things most HR managers "preach" is consistency. We drum this into our managers and supervisors. Treat everyone the same. Don't discriminate. Well here is an article on Managing High Flyers that argues that this may not be the best approach. The author, William Rothwell, says that managing what he calls "high flyers" may take a different management approach than is used for most employees. Ignoring this may be detrimental to the organization when this "high flyer" leaves. Read this article and tell me what you think.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

People Say the Craziest Things

Here is an article from Kiplinger magazine that discusses Things You Should Not Say in an Interview in a humorous way. Having interviewed thousands of people in my career I got a good chuckle and also a reminder that there are people out there that will say each of these things to you as some point. Enjoy the chuckle.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

The Importance of Voting to Human Resources

I am not here to tell you how to vote. That is a personal decision. However, I did want to point out that the results of the election may have consequences for you as a Human Resources professional. With a change in control of Congress it is possible that the following may occur (good or bad depends on your point of view):
The November 2006 Election:
  • An increase in the minimum wage (btw, there are six states that have an increase on their state ballot today)
  • Change in the size company that must comply with the Family and Medical Leave Act, from 50 employees to 25

The November 2008 Election:

  • Healthcare coverage, going to National Healthcare or required healthcare by employers
  • "WalMart" laws
  • Change in the composition of the National Labor Relations Board, moving the balance in favor of unionization
  • Changes in the make up of the Federal Court system thus altering decisions for many years.

These are just some of the changes that could be made. Who knows what other social employment legislation may be introduced in a more "liberal" Congress.

So if you want to make an impact, in either direction, this is the time you do it. GO VOTE!