Topic: Organizational Culture

Transforming the lowly employee handbook: Design for communication not litigation

Transforming the lowly employee handbook: Design for communication not litigation

 

Give me about three minutes with your employee handbook and I can tell you how it was created.  The most popular way: cut and paste.  Human Resource managers retrieve handbooks from their former employers, borrow a few examples from colleagues and extract the sections that apply to their firm.  The results:  generic choppy language, uneven flow from section to section and missing pieces that didn’t happen to appear in any of the examples they selected.  The second most […]

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What New Managers Need to Know… and How We Educate Them – (Part 2 of 2)

What New Managers Need to Know… and How We Educate Them – (Part 2 of 2)

 If you recall, our previous blog post (Part 1) described the frustration and high failure rate associated with managers who have been magically transformed from staff person to manager by internal promotion or who have been hired externally and lack familiarity with your organization’s culture and procedures.  I suggested that to combat this chronic problem a low cost management orientation and education program can be designed and presented entirely in-house.  While the Human Resources and Organizational Development function can […]

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What New Managers Need to Know… and How We Educate Them – (Part 1 of 2)

What New Managers Need to Know… and How We Educate Them – (Part 1 of 2)

When you hire a new manager in your organization how do you prepare them to actually manage people in your unique environment?  Is it the same process whether you hire from the outside or promote from within or whether they have some supervisory experience or have never managed a person in their life?  Often we mistakenly assume that because someone has survived the interviewing and assessment process and been selected for the job that she […]

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Your Extreme Weather Response…Resignation or Resilience?

Your Extreme Weather Response…Resignation or Resilience?

The eastern United States and other parts of the country have been pummeled by winter weather and it’s not over yet.  Harsh weather is demanding on us physically, emotionally and economically.  Most of us are prepared for a couple of days of a difficult commute or a few hours without power, but this year is ridiculous.  Unless you are working for the electric company or are in the snow plow or tree removal business, the weather has […]

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Making the Invisible Visible – 7 Levels of Organizational Consciousness

Making the Invisible Visible – 7 Levels of Organizational Consciousness

Why do some organizations continually fight the same internal battles, struggling with productivity and financial viability while other companies forge ahead to new levels of performance with empowered leaders and enthusiastic staff? Why do certain groups require micro-management and still fail to make sustainable progress while other teams are bursting with creativity and initiative?

Ignoring the Evidence

The failure to learn and change is exemplified with one particular client; a professional services firm who called needing interim HR management assistance as their […]

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