Love Labor’s Lost: Tips To Get Over Being Dumped

Dawn Burke Dawn Burke, Giving Notice

Getting dumped by an employee sucks. When an employee you like and see great promise in leaves you, it stings.  When they leave you to make a career decision that is not understandable (in a worst-case scenario, questionable)… oh dear god, it just makes you want to cry. Watching this train wreck can be painful. And usually, it’s not even …

During Financial Woes, Should Companies Nix Extravagant Awards?

Dawn Burke Dawn Burke, Recognition 8 Comments

“It doesn’t take courage to give money for hitting a number.” –Simon Sinek, WorkHuman 2018   I’m a believer in recognizing extraordinary workers with something palpable.  I especially like the idea of creating “experiences” as recognition rewards over cash bonuses.  Experiences build trust, enforce connections, and create memories. An experience could include anything from an incredible dinner to attending an …

Phone Like a Bad Boyfriend? Dump The Chump. This GREAT Book Will Show You How.

Dawn Burke Dawn Burke, Work Life Balance 1 Comment

I love my phone, really.  But it’s a two-timer, like a bad boyfriend. I mean, I’ve spent hours personalizing my phone, so it knows me.  It loves me. And I’ve spent hours understanding it, its nuances, how it wants me to interact with it, even how to talk to it so it can interpret my accent.  But, sumpin’ isn’t right. …

Leaders Should Use “Empathy” Cheat-Sheets, As Long As They Mean It

Dawn Burke Dawn Burke, Good HR

Did you know Trump was in the news? Of course you did. After the Parkland shooting, Trump met with several survivors to talk about the shooting’s impact. Per the Trump playbook, not to miss a photo op, Trump allowed the open discussion to be videoed.  To many viewers’ surprise, something new-and-shiny appeared in the hands of the Commander-In-Chief. They were …

Control Your HR World With These Princess Leia Tricks

Dawn Burke Dawn Burke, Driving Productivity, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice

You say you’ve lost control? You’ve never had control. But you can’t let that stop you. You’ve got work to do—good work. You’ve got people who depend on you and need you. And, yeah, having a job pretty much is a must. (You still have that mortgage to pay, kids who need school supplies, and dammit… yes, yes, yes, paying for …

Can You Be Selfless & Lead A Culture Of Engagement? No.

Dawn Burke Audacious Ideas, Culture, Dawn Burke, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Employee Relations, Employment Branding and Culture, Good HR, HR, Uncategorized

I’m not a great Catholic; decent I’d say.  Decent enough to go to Ash Wednesday service after several months’ absence. Better late than never.   I was inspired by the sermon, which gave the congregation some perspective on Lent, including how to personally reflect over this time.  The sermon also touched on themes of forgiveness and selflessness. The sermon got …

In The #MeToo Era, Should White Men Be Called Privileged? Yes. And That’s OK.

Dawn Burke Current Affairs, Dawn Burke

I love white men.  I’m married to one. He treats me well and is a fair, righteous man.  So let’s get that straight.  Now, let’s get on with it…. In the #MeToo era, should white men default to accepting and acknowledging they have been unwitting benefactors of privilege.  That answer is a resounding yes. You can’t fix what you don’t …

Should An Attorney Be On Every HR team? Don’t Kick The Idea Out Of Bed Yet.

Dawn Burke Dawn Burke, Employee Engagement

A few days ago I read an insightful post from the HR Bartender herself, Sharlyn Lauby (go ahead and start following her stuff now).  The post titled, “Employees: When Should You Lawyer Up…”, answered a reader’s question about getting legal advice from an employment attorney. The reader was an employee, not an HR pro.   Reading this article stoked a …

2018 HR Advice:  Let The Force Be With You; Control Your Destiny.

Dawn Burke Change, Dawn Burke

First and foremost — I’m not going to give away any Star Wars: The Last Jedi spoilers.  Exhale.   If you’ve read any non-spoiler piece about TLJ, you know significant themes of the movie include examining the past, distinguishing nostalgia from fact, and exploring when the past needs to be just that… the past.  Human conundrums, indeed. And to make …