Posts Tagged ‘employees’

Managing employees : Guest blog

I have had the great fortune of being managed by many great bosses. One such person is R Sridhar.

He has a sparkling track record and has continued to be bold and innovating in everything he’s done over his great career.

Currently he runs ideasrs where he helps clients and CEOs use innovation to break down challenging problems.

Having successfully created the illusion that I knew about social media, and managing employees he asked me to write a blog for his site. Please click here and read the article.

Social media or not, I think finally it comes down to the individual himself/herself. Long before social media we’ve had extremely successful team leaders. Social media only amplifies an existing strength.



Giving constructive criticism

November 30, 2009 4 comments

We face this situation regularly in our jobs.

Needing to give negative feedback.

And my limited survey suggests that most people are atrocious at this.

We oscillate between just letting it go and avoid the confrontation to giving the person an earful to get the irritation out of our system.

I thought this post distilled it down to 5 simple aspects to keep in mind

1. Avoid sweeping generalisations : Be specific about the issue we want to talk about. Is it a person or an activity?

2. Differentiate between instances and patterns : One error doesn’t make a pattern or trend. If it is a mistake treat it as such.

3. Passion doesn’t trump decorum : Don’t let emotion overcome you such that it interferes with your ability to give proper feedback

4. Alternatives speak volumes : Don’t criticise without giving a better way, or your preferred way, to have done it.

5. Take it to the source : If you have an issue with a person or a department, then take it up with that person/department.

Great article. Recommend reading it.


Having happy employees

August 25, 2009 1 comment

I have read a lot about Southwest airlines and the way they run their business and motivate employees.

But have never seen a rapping flight attendant. Awesome.

A great talk with the CEO too.

Click here.

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2 in 1 employers screen social media profiles

August 19, 2009 1 comment

This article refers to a survey conducted in the US where 45% of employers said they conduct social media searches of prospective candidates. Another 11% plan to do so.

The top four places searched were Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace and Twitter.

35% of those who searched did not proceed with hiring a candidate because of what they found. Top 3 reasons to disregard are

1. Candidate posted provocative or inappropriate photographs

2. Candidates posted content about them drinking or using drugs

3. Candidates bad mouthed clients or colleagues

The article further talks about what employers do look for in social media profiles and what a potential employee should do to ensure her/his social media activity does not come in the way of the next job.

So it seems Facebook which is seen as a ‘social’ ie between friends is going to get more ‘formal’. Or those privacy settings are going to be used big time.

Strange employee complaints!!

August 13, 2009 1 comment

Think you’ve heard some strange complaints from employees about their co-workers? A new survey of more than 2,600 hiring managers nationwide by CareerBuilder highlighted some of the oddest complaints about others in the office.

They include:

  • Employee is too suntanned.
  • Employee has big hair.
  • Employee eats all the good cookies.
  • Employee is so polite, it’s infuriating.
  • Employee suspected co-worker was a pimp.
  • Employee is trying to poison me.
  • Employee’s body is magnetic and keeps deactivating my magnetic access card.
  • Employee is personally responsible for a federally mandated tax increase.
  • Employee was annoyed the company did not provide a place for naps during break time.
  • Employee only wears slippers or socks at work.
  • Employee’s aura is wrong.
  • Employee smells like road ramps.
  • Employee breathes too loudly.
  • Employee wants to check a co-worker for ticks.
  • Employee wore pajamas to work.
  • Employee has bells on her shoes and it’s not the holidays
  • Co-worker reminded the employee too much of Bambi.
  • Employee spends too much time caring for stray cats around the building.
  • A male employee keeps using the ladies’ room because the men’s room is not as tidy.

The survey was conducted online by Harris Interactive among 2,667 hiring managers and human resources professionals.

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The art of letting people go

These are tough times.

Nearly everywhere one looks, people are being let go. And often by the finance team or people with absolutely no experience in doing so.

There is of course a difference between letting people go due to their performance versus that of the company.

In the case of the latter, often one is asking people who have been very loyal to the company or even been great performers. In this event it requires great skill in letting them go. It is traumatic for them emotionally, socially and financially. And no one really is equipped to meet all these challenges.

Stepping into this is a company called the Five O’Clock club. A company that helps companies that need to lay off people. It also works with the people being laid off.

It is a great service and I sense a business opportunity for some astute HR practitioners.

This article here says it all.

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Social media for employees

In this article in Forbes the author talks about how some companies are using Social Media to tap into or communicate with employees.

As employees are the face of the brand it is important that they understand what the company direction is. And conversely a company should know what it’s employees think and are saying. It is less about spying and more about participating.

I think as brand interactivity grows the need to manage all points of contact with consumers and ensuring the moments of truth are highly positive, we will see a growth in the use of employee communications. Not just as HR but as brand building opportunities.

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