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Getting over the fear of providing employee feedback

employee feedback

This guy has no fear of providing employee feedback for improvement (and a little something extra)

Employee feedback is hard

As a manager, one of the most common, anxiety causing moments is when we need to provide “ employee feedback” for improvement.  No one wants to tell a colleague they are doing something wrong.

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Why you should never say, “I can do this job” in an interview

Don’t mention that you can do the job in an interview!

The most common phrase in an interview

that candidates share with their interviewer is, “I can do this job”. Believe it or not, this is a phrase you want to avoid in your interviews. This is one of the last phrases you want to share with your interviewer and we will provide a number of reasons why this is the case.

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How the exit interview fails the company

exit interview

Keep employees engaged so they don’t think about giving their two-week notice.

Does your company conduct exit interviews?

Last week I blogged about employees turning in their two-week notice. As an HR person, it has been my experience that more than half the employees leave a company without saying anything to their manager about what causes the disconnect.

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Two week notice. Why you don’t have to quit the job you hate.

two week notice

Turning in your two-week notice without a conversation is a short-sighted move

Why quitting your job should be the last resort

If you are thinking about turning in your two-week notice for any of the following reasons, I encourage you to have an honest conversation with yourself. Below are the more common reasons and employees will turn in their two week’s notice and quit:

  • Lack of management recognition of work
  • Bored and unchallenged
  • Didn’t receive the opportunity that was expected
  • Relationship with manager/boss
  • Relationship with co-workers
  • Opportunity to use a skill that is considered a strength

Look in the mirror

If you are thinking about turning in your two-week notice,

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Is your company training program instilling the right attitude?

company training

Is your company training setting the right work ethic?

A 9-5 work ethic and nothing more?

I would suggest that a number of company training programs are not pushing new hires fast enough. I especially believe this is the case in a few areas:

  1. Training recent graduates
  2. Manager new to management who is training new hires
  3. Training programs that have not been updated

Do you have new employees who leave as soon as the clock ticks 5:00 PM?

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Can you coach a bad attitude?

bad attitude

The bad attitude is tough to coach

Is a bad attitude coachable?

As managers, I am confident we can train employees to learn our products, our software and to a certain extent our culture. Coaching an employee attitude is a different animal. How we think about life, our careers, our managers and our companies success is usually a reflection of our personal outlook on life.

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Overcoming age in the job interview

mature candidate

Age doesn’t have to be a factor in the job interview

Mature candidate

Today’s post focuses on the mature candidate as part three of a 3 part series on age discrimination in the job interview. Lessons from this post can be used for all age demographics.

I mentioned in Post 1 of this three-part series that I would jump at the opportunity to hire the two mature candidates below.

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Interview Ageism: Why I decline candidates over 50

Ageism

Would you decline 63-year-old Bill Gates?

Job Interview Ageism

Last week we discussed the topic of age discrimination in the job interview and a few of my personal theories on why job interview ageism exists.

Before anyone gets into a huff

Candidates are not declined because of their age.

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Age discrimination in the job interview

Age discrimination

Age Discrimination in the job interview. You can do something about it.

Age Discrimination and the job interview

Age discrimination in a job interview is a volatile topic. Candidates can feel helpless when they feel this happens and it isn’t just to folks over 40, 50 or 60+. Stereotyping can be experienced by candidates that feel they were declined because they are too young,

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Is it OK to have a company Christmas tree? HR speaks out

company christmas tree

No trees were cut, bound, lashed, or had melted candle wax dripped on them

Company Christmas tree

With so much sensitivity in the workplace and so much insensitivity in the political arena, I thought I would update a classic post. Every year, I am asked an age-old HR question. “Can we have a company Christmas tree at work”.

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Remote worker, why some companies allow it and why others don’t want to

remote worker

Effective remote workers in their element

How the remote worker can demonstrate success

Do you want to be a remote worker? With evolving workforces and the new technologies entering the job market, one common perk in a comp package is the ability to work as a remote employee.

There are several reasons this request is made by a candidate or existing employee:

  • The employee doesn’t have to worry about a commute
  • Independent workers who don’t interact with customers don’t have the need to be in the office
  • Laptops were a game changer and technology has made communication seamless with programs like Skype,
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