If you want happy workers, stop treating them like children

employee-perksRecently, there’s been something of a happiness backlash against America’s obsession with feeling happy at work. That’s because some companies have been going about it in the wrong way, working on short-term solutions that tend to treat employees more like children than adults who add real value to an organization. Continue reading

HR people need to be a detective in an exit interview

If you’re losing good people the most important thing you can do, as a company, is to conduct an in depth exit interview and to take action on what you find. However, too many HR people are afraid of the political ramifications of potentially “rocking the boat” and by failing to bring issues to management’s attention they are endangering your organization. Continue reading

There are no life preservers when you jump jobs

Jennifer was a smart, rising marketing product manager for a top consumer products company when she got an offer from a new brand to take over product promotional marketing.  Although she liked what she was doing, she was having trouble with the cost of living in the Boston area where she could only afford a very small studio apartment, so she took the offer and relocated to a small town in the Midwest. Continue reading

What does work owe you?

You put in a lot of time on your job.  You’re there early, and leave late and check email on the weekends.  Does your employer really owe you anything?  The sad answer is no.  However, smart employers realize that the way to recruit and keep talented people is to exceed their expectations and treat them as, well, people, not numbers on a balance sheet. Continue reading