Hatefulness Unprofessionalism Those are hardly inspirational words, but they inspired this post. Recently, I concluded a workplace investigation that despite all the discriminatory allegations, counter claims, and retaliation complaints thrown around, what it boiled down to was there was a lot of hatefulness (feelings) and oodles of unprofessionalism (behavior). Hatefulness and unprofessionalism. They have no…

Benny was pissed. (names have been changed to protect the guilty) Benny was a client of mine and was not happy. A relatively simple mistake had become compounded by the multiples of people affected by it, and by the time everything was corrected something small and benign had become annoying and intractable like a fast-changing…

Tis the season for holiday parties and festivities. You and your team have worked hard this year and in return you think a party with you and their peers will be a welcomed token of appreciation. Your enthusiasm could be misguided. SHRM surveyed HR professionals in 2015 about their intentions as it pertains to holiday…

Bosses who claim they don’t have favorites are lying! They’re lying to you and they’re lying to themselves. I don’t know why they bother lying; I believe having favorites is perfectly acceptable. Please note, “having favorites” and demonstrating “favoritism” are not the same thing. Giving an employee unfair preferential treatment at the expense of another is rude and wrong, and you…

As I write this today, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has let it be known that he is vetoing the proposed “Free Exercise Protection Act”,  House Bill 757. The “protection” part of the act was to protect faith-based groups who refused to provide social, educational or charitable services that violate their religious beliefs. Oh, and they could…

Chris Fields As a kid growing up Southern Baptist, all I knew about St. Patrick’s Day is that you wore green or you got pinched and you drew a lot of 4 leaf-clovers, oh and people got drunk. But just like most holiday’s St. Patty’s Day has  history and culture. It wasn’t until I attended St. Ambrose University…

The fact is I never thought of women’s issues in the workplace because I have never faced overt discrimination at work. No one has ever made terrible comments to me, sexually harassed me or any of the other actions you think of as discrimination. Do I know that it happens? Have I heard stories? Absolutely….

Early in my career, I read an article which said  men generally cast women into 1 of 5 roles in the workplace. Those 5 roles are Mother, Wife, Girlfriend/Mistress, Sister or Daughter. Mother is expected to coddle and comfort and cover, even when you’re not doing what you should. Sometimes they nag or punish you — but not too…

I have always had a love/hate relationship with workplace fun. I’ve seen employer attempts to create “fun workplaces” go horribly wrong … Instead of fostering cooperative happy, and more productive environments, it spawned competitive, entitled and ineffective environments. What was designed to create camaraderie and show appreciation developed into something divisive and disparaging. After many years…

“Quit singing and get back to work!” “Settle down! Don’t you have work to do?” “This work is serious so take it seriously!”  “I don’t appreciate that you and your team are always laughing and carrying on with everyone else.” Four statements.   Four assumptions.    Four reasons to make my blood boil. The first statement was…