Friday, December 11, 2009

HR Happy Hour #22

The best line from last night's show came from friend and blogger, Mark Stelzner, who said "The most powerful tool of social media is YOU!" What a simple and powerful statement. Without the participants, social media wouldn't have the influence and ability to create friendships and partnerships across the U.S. and the globe.

So for good measure I'll ask again, if you're not participating, why not? And if your team doesn't get it, but you do, why not teach them how to do it like another HR Happy Hour listener, Garrick, indicated his goal for 2010 was last night.

My 2010 goal: Teach 5 HR team members how to engage in SM so that they can exp. the value. Telling them does not work. #hrhappyhour
Kari and Mark (@Stelzner)

Also, be sure to sign up for the SmartBrief on Workforce so you can receive its year in review featuring many of the advisory board members' posts regarding 2009. Plus, it was fun to hear Mary Ellen Slayter, the senior editor, on the HR Happy Hour. She's a wonderful gal who I also was fortunate to meet this year at SHRM in New Orleans.

Social media. It's where it's at. : )

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Tough and practical talk about your sick policy

Lance Haun, aka Your HR Guy, now blogging as Rehaul and working for Merit Builder, isn't afraid to share his opinions and that's what makes him a great blogger, HR critic and professional. His recent post Want To Fight H1N1? Change Your Company Culture is awesome.

Employee's Directive: When sick, don't come into work.

HR Practitioner's Responsibility: Make it easy for your employees to do this.

As he points out in his post, not coming into work is easier said than done. There is a stigma attached to being sick or calling in sick. Somehow you should be able to tough it out. Company first, you later. However, as HR folks, if you have the power to change your policy to truly take a stand against the spread of H1N1 or other easily communicable diseases, well, do it. Make it so your employees can take the time they need to get well and not infect the rest of us.


From Lance:

And really, this goes for any communicable illness like the annual seasonal flu. Poor policy making on the part of companies or poorly conceived company cultures have caused millions of hours of lost productivity in the workplace. All because we couldn't stand to lose 16-40 hours of productivity from a single employee.

I could go on about my own experiences of either taking care of myself and getting well quickly, or conversely, running myself into the ground because I refused to slow down, but instead I'll leave you with simple this.

Read Lance's post and take action.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

SHRM releases its 2010 annual conference video

Having just gotten back from a quick, but super sunny, trip to San Diego for Thanksgiving, I am hopeful that I'll be able to head back there in June for the 62nd annual SHRM conference. The conference will be held at the San Diego Convention Center from June 27 - 30, 2010.

Also, they just released the annual conference video on their blog. Check it out.

See you there?

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Catching Up and Being Grateful

Okay, so I have no idea how it's already December 1, Thanksgiving is long gone and the glorious miserable season of holiday ads is here. I've written about my loathing of the Christmas buy stuff you don't need before and really my opinion hasn't changed for 2009. Instead, spend time with your loved ones, friends and family, and the furry creatures that bless our lives. This is time and energy well spent. So, what have I been up to since my last post. Just a few things.

That last bullet still throws me off a bit and considering it was two weeks ago, I guess I'm still adjusting. Nothing refocuses a person on what his or her true priorities are like a serious health issue with a close family member or friend. My ducks were in a row quickly. I am happy to report that he is now at home, his immediate health concerns have been addressed and now begins the long road to recovery and lots of lifestyle changes (including a lot less ice cream).

My previous job in human resources included administering FMLA and leave. Sometimes the reasons for leave were for good things like someone having a baby and others were for no fun reasons like cancer or other terminal illnesses. However, I don't think I truly understood what the leave meant to people until this happened to my dad.

Dad in Skagway

Thankfully, although I work for a company that is not regulated by the FMLA, Cool Works allowed me the time to care for my dad and simply be at his side. Thanks to my CW partners for being there. And, many thanks also go to friends and family who were and continue to be supportive through this whole experience. I appreciate your encouragement, thoughts, hugs, and success stories of family members who have lived well beyond their heart attacks. All of that means quite a bit to me and my dad.

I found that even when I wasn't at the hospital, my mind was completely distracted by the event. Trying to communicate to others the need for thoughts and prayers, the simple fact that something serious had happened, who needs to know, who can help, what treatments would be used, which drug was for what, and so on made it completely overwhelming. All of the old and well referenced adages like "take things day by day" and "life's like a box of chocolates" and "all things in moderation" were often thought about and shared. I'm just thankful that my dad lived to see another Thanksgiving and my hope is that he'll be around for many more.

So, please pardon my absence. I have a legitimate excuse and I can easily get you the paperwork to verify that fact if you need it. I have lots to be thankful for.