BP: HR & Leadership Lessons

Kathy Rapp Current Affairs, HR, Kathy Rapp, Leadership

I’ve purposely avoided writing about BP and the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico primarily because it hits so close to home, I know many people involved, and generally, I avoid political hot buttons.  That said, there are too many HR and Leadership lessons to be learned from the tragedy not to put a few thoughts out there. Anyone who …

Learn the Business, Deliver Business Results.

admin HR, RJ Morris, Seat at the Table

Just when I thought we are making progress at building the credibility of the HR function as it moves from transactional work to creating business impact, a friend reminded me that the best known HR person in popular society is probably Toby from The Office.  Nice.  This is the guy who had a crush on the receptionist and who mustered …

Dear Employees, You Stink!

Tim Sackett Current Affairs, Employee Relations, HR, Tim Sackett

In case you missed this, a Detroit, MI city employee sued the City of Detroit after claiming the perfume a co-worker was wearing caused her not to be able to do her job.  Apparently, the perfume and room deodorizer that her co-worker was using made it uncomfortable for this employee to work to the point she suffered migraines, nausea and coughing.  …

SHRM Recertifications Up for Sale, No Attendance Needed

Tim Sackett HR, SHRM, Tim Sackett

I don’t know if anyone else saw this, but my favorite HR organization, SHRM, decided it was time to start selling upgrades!  That’s right, for the low, extremely value conscience amount of $295, you too can get a special ribbon on your badge at the 2010 SHRM National Convention as part of your “New Annual Conference Premium Package.”  But wait, …

HR’s Big Lie – Best Practices

Tim Sackett HR, Tim Sackett

Oh boy, I’m sure my brothers and sisters who have studied so hard for their SPHRs and PHRs aren’t going to like this.  Best Practices are hurting HR.   I know, I hear you – but, Tim, you’re an idiot – if it wasn’t for HR Best Practices, I wouldn’t have discovered that tracking turnover was important! Really?  Are you sure …