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“What HR Executives DO”

I have been asked many times, “so what does a HR leader do?” Sometimes, before I begin my response, the questioner will add, “besides hire and fire people?” Hmm… I wonder. “Do they really want to know the many responsibilities and competencies necessary to be an excellent HR leader and the value they add, so their company can be great as well?” If not, I may answer, ”Yep, that’s about it,” saving us both from wasted time.

“Take Your Vacation Days”

Too many people limit their happiness and success by assuming that taking time off from work will send a negative message to their manager/co-workers and slow their career advancement. New research, by the U.S. Travel Association, titled “Project: Time Off,” says that the opposite may be true.

Recognizing the Power of the Small Business Economy

Small Business Majority hosted its second annual Small Business Leadership Summit from May 8-11, 2016 in Washington, DC, with a group of 150 small business owners from across the country participating. These small business owners met with policymakers, members of the media, issue experts and senior members of the Obama Administration. This invite-only event featured many opportunities for our nation’s job creators to discuss important issues facing small business today and provide business owners with resources and programs to strengthen their businesses.

What is Your Business’s HR Future?

It seems like just yesterday we were popping the cork on the bubbly, while welcoming in 2015. In the spirit of the New Year tradition of making resolutions, I thought I would identify the top ten predictions from thought-leaders about what businesses’ HR future for 2016 will hold for them.

2016 Predictions on HR trends for Small Business

1. Engagement, retention, culture and inclusion are all front and center HR issues: Employee engagement is now the number two issue on the minds of HR leaders, preceded only by leadership development.

Giving Thanks to Veterans

“Yeah, I was in the Marines. Spent a long tour in Iraq. Was in Ramadi, when it was real bad, not that it was ever real good. Saw some awful stuff. A group of special operations Marines is returning to base. I’m in the fourth of five armored Humvees. They’re like an oven, even though it’s a cool night. Only about 100 degrees.”

Annual Performance Evaluations — Reconsidered

I have not been a big fan of the standard annual employee performance review for quite a long time. The thought of those long, uncomfortable meetings (for both the manager and their direct report) to hear the manager’s assessments of your strengths and weaknesses, to justify the assignment of a final rating score, is still bothersome. Some leaders would simply circumvent the entire process of joint information exchange and simply hand the evaluation form to the employee, tell them to read it, sign it and send it back to them.

Leaders Who Create a “Best Place to Work”

We probably all know a story about a highly intelligent, highly skilled manager promoted into a leadership position only to fail at the job. As well, we know a story about someone with solid, but not extraordinary, intellectual abilities and technical skills promoted into a similar position who then soared.

How Will You Be Judged ?

Today, I would like to discuss the areas of our life that we generally acknowledge are most important to us, and those around us; particularly those we most deeply care about, care for and love. We will integrate management theory and differing practices into our discussion of the divergent and largely unintentional outcomes they create in the most important areas of our lives.

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