Thursday, May 19, 2011

Morning Meetings with Munchies

If you need to have a staff meeting, you're best chance of having happy and productive employees attend is by having it at mealtime according to Read the whole article here. And, if you have it at breakfast instead of dinner, you'll make everyone happier.

I know that I'm most productive after a full cup of coffee. If you've ever worked with me before, you definitely know this to be true. ;-)

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

For the Benefit and Enjoyment of the People

Those are the words carved into the historic Roosevelt Arch at the North Entrance to Yellowstone National Park.

We used to skew that a wee bit and say the HR Office I worked in was "for the benefits and employment of the people." After all, working in HR for 20 years allows you to find humor in odd little corners.

I know of operations with no HR Office. With an HR Office of One (God Bless You, One :) And with HR offices with cubicles and specialists abuzz with activities that would make your head spin. Where do you fit in? What "human resource(s)" are you providing - to the organization, to your fellow leaders, and to the worker bees? Maybe even to the community at large?

HR is not for the faint of heart. You must love wearing a whole bunch of hats. You have to love to juggle. You are called to juggle hats, juggle files, juggle staff and juggle your life. You have to be able to listen well, be empathic and sometimes, "telepathetic" (a favorite word schmere from the movie "Stepmom") ...... telepathic. There's little doubt that HR folks are amazing. Don't you forget that.

There's much to be said for HR being a "strategic partner" in an operation. On a daily basis, the HR staff is asked to walk the fine line between administration and employees. The advantage of that is being able to share the "human cost factor" of decisions when called to the table, sitting alongside others that may only be looking at the bottom line or cold, hard facts. We'd rather our employees not be cold, hardened or bottomed out, yes?

Amidst your crazy busy schedule of employee orientation, training, file audits, uniform ordering, recruiting, writing newsletters and then some ..... try to carve out an occasional 5 minute stretch of time where you can breathe in and breathe out (3 times for optimal effect). Do a little toss of your head, and return to your rat race a little less ratty. Take just a little time to refresh yourself and your energies and your intentions. Come back to center and try to remember a few of the good good things you bring to table, for the benefit and enjoyment of you, and all your people.