Employee Engagement has been a hot topic for a number of years. By definition, it is the extent to which employees are committed to the organization’s mission and values, feel passionate about their jobs, and are committed to the overall success of the organization. Organizations which recognize the importance of an engaged workforce know that…

You’re in a management position because you know your stuff. You’re good, profitable, efficient, respected. But are you benefiting from having employees that are self-driven or can you actually take a little of the credit for their success? Do you have their trust? Would they run through a brick wall for you…or would they just…

Many people I know were happy to say goodbye to 2016. The top complaints seem to be: The loss of “too many” celebrities or artists (actors, authors, musicians that inspired them) and in some cases, people and family who we love and are close to The crazy US election, and a result that feels intolerable to…

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…

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…

6 Office Party Themes Whelp it’s October and that means it’s time to break out the pumpkin spice stuff, and when I say “stuff” I mean stuff, from coffee and creamer to beer and soda, donuts and cookies, to ice cream and candy. And let’s not forget the Rum…speaking of rum, October also ushers in…

It’s the mean season in America. We’re entering the meanest season in politics as both left and right hurl insult, innuendo, invective and idiocy at each other in a futile attempt to look more presidential. Every four years around this time our major parties (both in need of an intervention check with reality) swear they…

And now the fun begins. No matter where you are in the US, summer is slowly starting. In my region an unseasonably rainy May kept us at bay, the swimming pools not used, basketball courts empty and only the most intrepid runners facing Spring showers. But the sun has returned and the air is full…

It was a typical day. I was driving along listening to the Backspin channel. Reminiscing, rapping, and relishing a time when rap music had meaning.  “Can’t Truss It”, by Public Enemy came on, so naturally, I felt it necessary to match the energy of Chuck D and Flava Flav and rap along.   As is the…

Editorial Note: This is a guest post from Max Dubroff, an HR guy I met in Tulsa while attending the OKHR State HR Conference this year. We had a great conversation about 2nd chance employees and employers. I invited him to share his experiences with the PIC audience. You can connect with Max on LinkedIn…

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…

Young, curious, kind Very wise beyond her years Carolyn Kinzie Carolyn is my daughter, and while she has given me some grief during her teenage years, she has also given me little windows in which I feel quite proud. The Haiku above and this post is a reflection on a conversation we had years ago that…