Who Benefits From Your Benefits

Monday June 27, 2016 comments

Who Benefits From Your Benefits? Back before World War II, few Americans had health insurance. Fewer still received it as an employee benefit. Of course, life was simpler then. Healthcare was relatively medieval, and most people just suffered through all but the most debilitating pain or disease. Back before World War II, few Americans had any kind of employer-provided retirement plan. Of course, life was simpler then. People didn’t live that long because healthcare wasn’t that good. And most died shortly after “retirement,”... Read More

Workplace Conflict

Monday June 13, 2016 comments

Workplace conflict. It happens. We like to think that time will resolve things. Time doesn’t heal; it buries. Left unresolved, issues fester and become apparent later. And when they do it’s usually worse. The biggest mistake most people make is not to try to resolve things. The next biggest mistake people make is to try to assert their rights and force an apology. Ask yourself, “Do I want to be right, or do I want to be effective?” They aren’t always the same thing. When workplace conflict does happen - particularly when the... Read More

Founder's Syndrome

Monday June 6, 2016 comments

Founders’ Syndrome. At least that’s what I call it. Someone has a great idea, an invention, a new way, a new service. Others join the adventure – partners, employees, investors. At some point one of 2 things can happen: The founder decides that a new leader is needed. Maybe the founder wants to cash out. Often the founder doubts her ability to lead but still wants to hang around in some capacity; Someone else decides that a new leader is needed. Maybe that decision comes from an investor, a partner, or the bank. Someone wants... Read More

Employee Engagement

Thursday April 7, 2016 comments

Did you know that about $1 billion is spent on employee engagement initiatives annually in the U.S? Did you know that there isnt a lot of proof that its helping the bottom line? Did you know that there isnt a lot of proof that its helping employee engagement? Half a century ago, Psychologist Frederick Herzberg came up with his Motivation / Hygiene Theory, which was basically counter to the conventional wisdom of his day. While others were saying that the same things that motivate employees could also serve as demotivators, Herzberg came up... Read More

Generational Generalizations

By: MarkWeaver Monday August 17, 2015 comments

I have this 19 year old son who likes to quip that when his old man was a teenager surfing in Florida, there was no sand on the beach. Only rocks. Erosion hadnt created sand yet. So when I talk about what life was like when I entered the professional workplace, lets just say it wasnt yesterday. When I entered the workforce in the early 80s, we were toward the end of the Baby Boomer generation. That meant that there were a whole LOT of older baby boomers already in the workforce for 15 or so years, and a bunch of people even older. And even... Read More

7 End of Summer Steps to a Stronger Team

By: MarkWeaver Monday August 10, 2015 comments

Maybe its because Im the dad of a High School athlete, but I find this time of year exciting. Coaches are getting teams to end of summer practices, camps, and workouts all geared to help athletes start off the fall athletic season at the top of their game. Coaches know that the best teams arent made from pure skills alone. Team dynamics, the mental game, coachability all play a huge role in making the best team. Before you hit the bleachers to cheer on your favorite teams, consider these strategies to help the team you work with succeed: ... Read More

A Tale of Two Companies

By: MarkWeaver Monday August 3, 2015 comments

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times It can seem that way when you hire a new employee. Many employers have hired someone who was fine in the interview, not realizing the gem she is until after she starts. Its great when were pleasantly surprised. Many employers have also hired someone who interviewed great, only to find out that when the new employee starts, hes apparently switched bodies with someone else. Its not great when you dont get what you thought you would. How do you determine who will be the next rock star, and then... Read More

6 Steps to Avoid Employment Risk

By: MarkWeaver Monday July 6, 2015 comments

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), 88,778 charges were filed in 2014. 31,863 of those alleged illegal harassment in the Private Sector; 15, 226 were within the Federal Government. Add in other Public Sector employees (state and local governments, school boards, universities), retaliation claims, and some other charges and you get to the grand total. Scary, isnt it? Of course, there are about 150,000,000 employees in the U.S., meaning a whole lot of them never file with the EEOC. Or file a lawsuit. ... Read More

True to the Red, White, and Blue… and you!

By: MarkWeaver Monday June 29, 2015 comments

This week all kind of people are talking about our Founding Fathers; what they said, what they meant, what they codified, what they didnt. Americans of every age, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, political party, and any combo or mix thereof, will all join one another watching civic demonstrations of patriotism. Well eat, parade, watch fireworks, talk politics, and eat some more. The bold souls may cross state lines to get contraband. I meant fireworks; not weed. This week almost everyone is patriotic; we look like we are in... Read More

Conventional Wisdom

By: MarkWeaver Monday June 22, 2015 comments

Thats what Philip Crosby called the traditional forms of Quality Improvement in his day. As a best-selling author and Quality Guru, Phil approached quality from a whole different perspective from Acceptable Quality Levels, and an attitude of Thats Close Enough. He spoke of Zero Defects and an attitude of Do It Right the First Time. He also taught that a common language and education, employee education, and culture change were the way to make lasting change. Thats the environment I learned to do HR in. HR people werent talking like that... Read More


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