One Approach to Managing Conflict

Sometimes in organizations the conflict between employees and management becomes so great that it is difficult to see a solution. I was faced with such a situation recently.

A department was in turmoil.  The [...]

Performance Evaluation Ratings: Do We Really Need Them?

Is my performance “outstanding” or is it only “commendable?”  Is it “excellent” or only “satisfactory?”  Is it “really super duper” or just “good?”  These are the kinds of questions that can preoccupy employees when [...]

3 Tips to Make Career Conversations Easier

My clients often tell me doing performance evaluations is their least favorite activity.  Guess which runs a close second—talking with employees about their career development.

What makes this so stressful?  From what I’ve seen, [...]

‘Tis the Season for Giving Free Advice

Effective Human Resources professionals know how to build strong relationships at all levels within their companies.  Sometimes this can be challenging.  Here’s a holiday season tip for success:  try doing something for nothing.

I’ll [...]

Pay Transparency Helps Your Bottom Line

If there is one complaint I hear constantly from employees, it’s that they don’t understand their organization’s pay structure.  A company’s lack of transparency creates an information vacuum that employees often fill with confusion, [...]