Should we teach our employees like we teach our kids?

This is the question I have been asking myself as I listen to managers complain about the performance of their employees.  When I ask them about the what training, teaching and/or coaching they are providing their employees they look at me with blank stares, speechless, and tell me that there is no budget.  My question [...]

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Are policies and procedures enough?

In my last post I elaborated on the concept of developing policies and procedures to help organizations prevent chaos, much like parents create “house rules” to prevent chaos in the home.  However, creating these rules is not enough on its own.  Through experience parents have learned that rules alone do not ensure children will follow [...]

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Should we give our employees feedback in the same way we do for our children?

As you may have noticed from the past few posts, I like the analogy of home and organization life mirroring each other.  I also feel that the analogy really brings management topics to life in a way that it makes sense to the business people I have been speaking with.  Today’s post will focus on [...]

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What are your house rules?

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In my last post I mentioned that I am all for work environments characterized as caring and respectful with clear boundaries making everyone feel secure knowing what is and is not acceptable behavior.  In this post I would like to elaborate on one of the first steps to take in achieving a warm and friendly [...]

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Where does HR fit in?

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In my first blog post I briefly outlined the definition of HR, in my last post I asked the question: are organizations like families?  My question now is: how does HR fit into this analogy? I suggest that HR should be seen as the equivalent to a parenting book or as a parenting professional.  Parents [...]

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Are organizations very big families?

I always hear business owners say all the time that they want their employees to feel as though they are like a large family.  Yet do their employees actually feel as though they are part of that family?  Is this a good thing? I never gave these questions much thought until I had children of [...]

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What is Human Resources (HR)?

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Since I have started my consulting practice, business owners have asked me countless times the following questions: What is HR? What can HR do for my business? Do you hire and fire people? Since this is my first blog post and I have come to realize that most non-HR people do not fully understand what [...]

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