IBM remote employees

News Flash From IBM: There IS a Downside to a Remote Workforce

I’m surprised this didn’t happen sooner, but IBM, an early and vocal champion of a remote workforce, finally discovered what any remote worker could have told you years ago. The… Get the Rest

Here’s a Scary Video For HR Leaders Who Really Worry About Getting Sued

Over many years as a manager and editor, there's one thing I have heard over and over about HR professionals: They're always worried about getting sued! It's true. In our ultra-litigious 21st

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I Was Fed Up With United Airlines’ Culture Even Before They Started Dragging People Off Planes

Believe me when I tell you this: I soured on the customer service practices of United Airlines long before they decided that dragging people off planes would enhance the

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Nobody Gets a Great Idea When They’re Being Chased by a Lion

I subscribe to the old adage that there's nothing new under the sun. But once in awhile even I get gobsmacked (as the British like to say) by a new

online job ads

It Takes a Lot of Luck For Anyone to Really Win With an Online Job Ad

Here's a confession: I hate online job ads, because they're a crappy way to find the best candidates. On the one hand, my recruiter side loves the fact that a smart,

uber ceo travis kalanick

A Lesson From Uber: You Are What Your Culture Says You Are – Like It or Not

Why do so many people think that companies only focus on building strong, positive workplace cultures? The fact is, organizations are ALWAYS building their culture -- whether they mean

passive aggressive

The One Thing It Takes to Be a Real Manager

Although it pains me to say it, I'm somewhat of an expert on passive-aggressive behavior. The good people at Wikipedia describe passive-aggressive behavior as follows: The indirect expression of hostility, such

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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

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