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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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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Is respecting your employees the same as respecting your children?

When I started my business there was one thing I wanted to impart to management more than anything else, that they should treat their employees with as much respect as they can.  Respect, in my opinion is the cornerstone of all good management practices.  For example, an employer who respects their employees is more likely [...]

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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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