I love Human Resources. I love almost everything about it. Many HR headaches are overwhelmingly difficult, but that gives me a mental high. Many HR solutions are common sense, and while they come with a fairly large eye roll, they also allow me take a mental holiday and still seem amazingly brilliant! Many HR issues are…

I have the pleasure of owning my own business. While this comes with a heckuva lot of headaches and anxiety, it does come with some inherent bonuses: I own what I do! I am committed! I am all in! I gave a presentation a few weeks ago in which I talked about my belief that employees need…

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…

Termination dust (snow) is on our mountaintops. It’s not particularly early…this is Alaska…but nonetheless, it always SEEMS early. The countdown has begun, of sorts, and now we watch the white blanket slowly but surely make its way down to us here at sea level. Fall means many things but for me, it means invitations. In Alaska, many…and I…

“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…

If you are in the business of managing people, you are, or should be always looking to make improvements to your workplace.  We are told to reduce turnover, to have a more productive workplace, and to have a place where people want to work.   There are many ways to try to create this type of…

Enthusiasm and Its Impact on Performance

We all motivate others at some point in our careers. Our methodology gives us the power to spark creativity or, just as easily, hinder the individual and/or groups performance. Our goal should be to nurture the embers of dedication in an effort to spark the flame of creativity. Then, as that flame burns brightly, we should support it in the hope of creating an inferno of productivity.

As you know we have been writing about Culture at PIC this month, and as so often happens we get to the end of the month and it is time for my post. Then, I struggle to come up with something new and different, something that hasn’t been said yet, hopefully a piece that is new, different…

PICHR, The One Thing We Often Forget

Culture. What is culture…really? Does your place of employment have a company culture? (Yes, it does..whether it is recognized or not.) Culture is, in my opinion and based upon my own understanding, is a set of norms defined by a group. It creates boundaries, standards, and expectations for individuals who participate within. But, there is one thing we often forget.

A Self Doubt Reality Check

How often do you think about self-doubt? Daily? Weekly? Monthly? NEVER? (If never, perhaps, kudos to you!) Self-doubt is a powerful thing. It affects everything from our personal relationships to our work performance. It makes us believe that we are not good enough as Person X, Y, or Z. It imposes mental blocks that often go unnoticed. Maybe it’s time to overcome our own self-doubt!

We’ve had Facebook in our lives for over 10 years now. Remember Friendster or MySpace? I’m dating myself. Social media held a promise of connecting across time zones and continents – on which it has delivered.  Over the years we’ve learned that social media keeps us informed and connected but it is also a great way to…