This Week’s HRI “Lightbulb” – “Angers” Away!
Remember that a common goal of most people is to maintain the respect of their co-workers. When people get angry, they may focus on retribution rather than this ultimate goal. Anger is an emotion that can lead us to act before we think. Take a few moments to look unemotionally at the situation. That thought process alone is going to eliminate a great deal of the frustration and overreaction.
This Week’s HRI “Lightbulb” – Special Employee Treatment
Dilbert continues to provide fodder for the HR professional. On Sunday, December 2nd, Dilbert highlights small differences in how employees may be unknowingly treated differently by management, at least from the perspective of other employees. For example, take the carpooler who is excused early from the meeting by the CEO to catch his ride. So, why do carpoolers get to leave early? Not sure. Why do smokers get all those free 5-minute breaks? Why does it seem that Sara and Jerry are always lingering around the coffee pot rather than doing their jobs? Bob is sure that Samantha always takes 35 minutes for her lunch break instead of 30. Small differences in the enforcement of office rules can fester among employees and create hidden resentment. Fair or not, we at HRInsights think that small business owners can better maintain a productive atmosphere when these “differences” are addressed openly.
This Week’s HRI “Lightbulb” – Tattoos in the Workplace
I hear a bunch about tattoos in the workplace; are they appropriate? If you think they aren’t, I can guarantee that you will not find the best people for those open positions. I do not have a tattoo, thank you. However, there is a new social code of conduct out there folks! And, I think it is refreshing to focus on someone’s true capabilities, which we all know are more than skin deep.