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Here’s Why Life — and HR — Is So Very Different in the Aloha State

HONOLULU — It’s been 20 years since I’ve been in Hawaii, but the moment I arrived back in Honolulu last week, it felt like I had never left. My connection with… Get the Rest

A Sad Reminder That People Don’t Leave Their Companies, They Leave Their Managers

Sometimes, you just need to be reminded of some basic principles of the workplace. Here's one to keep in mind as your organization struggles with recruiting and retention: Employees don't

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Office Holiday Parties? They’re OK, But I’m a Big Fan of the Office Holiday Lunch

We're deep into the holiday season, and nothing gives me pause as much as my fellow FOTer Laurie Ruettimann's recent post on the perils of the office holiday

A Workplace Leadership Lesson in the Age of Trump

Most employees don't have much contact with their CEO. When they do hear from them, they tend to listen pretty closely to what the CEO has to say, and

Want to Foster a Risk-Taking Culture? If So, You Better Be Willing to Deal With a $2 Million Mistake

You've heard managers say it over and over -- "we want our employees to feel they can take risks!" -- yet you wonder how many companies really, truly

Yes, American Workers Can Learn a Lot From Their Uber-Loyal Canadian Cousins

Everybody knows that Canadians, our English-speaking cousins to the North, are wonderfully courteous and kind, but guess what? They're also incredibly loyal to their employers as well. Yes, this is

Election Day as a Paid Holiday? This Is a Workplace Benefit We Need a Lot More Of

The older I get, the more I find that I treasure one long-standing workplace benefit. Yes, let's hear it for the three day holiday weekend. I'm thrilled anytime I can

Cultural Meltdown: When Values Don’t Match Workers’ Day-to-Day Reality

"If there is one job that I as CEO must do for our team members, customers, communities, and shareholders, it is to be the keeper of our company’s

It’s High Time We Give Up the Ghost on Employee Engagement

Aren't we all sick and tired of employee engagement? I know I am. I've been writing about it for years (here's one from July 2010), and the story never changes. A

Getting Rid of Managers Is a Bad Idea That Just Keeps Getting Worse

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Business fads predicated on eliminating managers are a bad idea. I know, I know -- Zappos has generated a lot of media attention