In my last blog I mentioned several top management books, several of which I have read. As I was writing, I began to think about key trends that appear in every management or leadership book I’ve read. Then I came across a list of six signs of a true leader and realized that for as many different books that there are about leadership, they all tend to focus in on these key traits.
Years ago, wellness in the workplace, for the most part, focused on weight loss programs and smoking cessation. In today’s workplace it considers the total wellbeing of each employee. Wellness today encompasses the mental aspect as well as physical.
Employee engagement is an ongoing challenge for any HR department. One often overlooked contributor to employee engagement is career development. To help employees develop their career they must be offered valuable learning experiences in the workplace.
Is it possible to be a workaholic and stay healthy? According to a recent article I read, yes. But it depends on if your heart is in it or not.
At ASE’s Annual Summit last Wednesday we had the pleasure to hear keynote speaker, Michael Veltri, speak. He asked the audience, “What decisions are you delaying that might be holding you back?” This struck a chord with me and reminded me of one of my favorite quotes by Benjamin Franklin, “Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today.”
Like most of my female friends and colleagues, I have not been surprised by the overwhelming response to the “Me Too” campaign. It seems as though it’s more common to be able to say, “Me Too” than to not. And I’ll admit that I can say “Me Too,” as many of my friends and colleagues have. How did this problem get so out of hand?
I recently read an article from the author of The Mythical Leader, Ron Edmondson. I found it to provide a nice checklist for leaders to review periodically to make sure they are leading, and not just maintaining.
I read an interesting statistic the other day – only 15% of employees believe that their organization always shares the challenges they are facing, and 21% say their organizations never share this information. I fail to see the benefit of not sharing an organization’s challenges with staff.
The other day I ran across an article that spoke about work spouses. I had never heard of that term so I read further. Keep in mind, several weeks ago I wrote about hugging in the workplace, which I indicated I do not do, although apparently that is a “thing” too. As I read more about it, I realized I do not have a work spouse, but thought it might have something to do with my title here.
I am the youngest of seven kids. A typical, Irish-Mexican, Catholic family. Being the youngest, one of the things I missed out on was having a babysitter. My older siblings had that task and were never very happy about it. I distinctly remember them keeping me occupied with shiny objects, so when I read an article recently on Shiny Object Syndrome in business, it caught my attention.
Most HR professionals would likely agree that Human Resources deserves a seat at an organization’s strategic table. But you can’t just ask for that seat, you must earn it.
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