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Susan M. Heathfield

Human Resources March 2007 Archive


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Five Recommendations for Employee Satisfaction Surveys

Saturday March 31, 2007
Recently, several of my clients have initiated employee satisfaction surveys. In one instance, the company employed a marketing firm to run focus groups. In the second, an online survey, developed ... Read More

Competing Conversations: Meeting Management Tips

Thursday March 29, 2007
Opportunities to take meetings off course are legion. In some recent meetings I have attended, however, the toughest situation for the meeting leader in meeting management was competing conversations. ... Read More

What People Want From Work

Wednesday March 28, 2007
Every person has different reasons for working. The reasons for working are as individual as the person. But, we all work because we obtain something that we need from ... Read More

Web Rules!

Tuesday March 27, 2007
What's your experience of Web use at work? Please respond in "comments" below. I have an elderly aunt and uncle who are making a point of never joining the online world. ... Read More

Tips for Training Transfer

Monday March 26, 2007
Years ago, I worked closely with a large corporation to develop training and organization development solutions for organizational ills. Today, I am most likely to work long term with small ... Read More

Women and Work: Then, Now, and Predicting the Future

Sunday March 25, 2007
"The purpose of Women's History Month is to increase consciousness and knowledge of women's history: to take one month of the year to remember the contributions of notable and ordinary ... Read More

See "Debunking Some Hot Business Books"

Saturday March 24, 2007
May I confide in you? Most of what I write about on this Web site is the application of common sense in work settings. I don't like most business books ... Read More

Deal With Difficult People at Work

Friday March 23, 2007
Difficult people do exist at work, in your volunteer associations, among your friends, and in your family. One of the key issues with difficult people is that they don't always ... Read More

Corporate Data Security: Identity Theft

Thursday March 22, 2007
About two years ago - so really very recently - a local health care provider sent me a bill summary with my social security number listed above my name and ... Read More

How to Build Powerfully Successful Work Teams

Wednesday March 21, 2007
One of the perennially favorite topics on this Web site deals with team work, team building, and how to lead teams. I get a lot of email asking ... Read More

What Is the Human Resource Department?

Monday March 19, 2007
Departments are the entities organizations form to organize people, reporting relationships, and work in a way that best supports the accomplishment of the organization's goals. Departments are usually organized by ... Read More

Interview Potential Employees for "Fit"

Sunday March 18, 2007
The job interview is a powerful factor in the employee selection process in most organizations. The job interview remains key to assessing the candidate's cultural fit. The job interview remains ... Read More

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Saturday March 17, 2007
Traditions are important in companies just as they are in families. And, nothing is more important than the annual traditions work places establish around the celebration of seasonal holidays. A ... Read More

Change Your Organization's Culture

Friday March 16, 2007
Are you ready to change the culture that exists in your organization? Your assessment of your organizational culture may make you happy; your organizational culture assessment may make you sad. ... Read More

Just a Quick Heads Up About the HR Site

Wednesday March 14, 2007
Daily, I appreciate every person who reads this site. After all, who wants to write something that no one reads? That would seriously demotivate me. Well, I am happy to ... Read More

Trust Rules: The Most Important Secret - Build Trust

Tuesday March 13, 2007
I've been thinking about trust these past few days. Trust is one of the core and fundamental issues in today's workplaces. Without trust, you have nothing. Trust forms the foundation ... Read More

Talent On-the-Bubble: Addressing Human Behavior at Work

Monday March 12, 2007
One of the great lessons from Talent IQ is that the performance of talent gone awry is very seriously under-addressed in organizational life. Called “Talent On-the-Bubble,” a pattern ... Read More

Curious About Managing Human Resources?

Saturday March 10, 2007
More words for the glossary and more basic FAQs (frequently asked questions) have been my goal this week. Plus, I was asked to contribute an article to the American Society ... Read More

Change Management Lessons From the Field

Thursday March 8, 2007
At a client organization, we're working on change management training. It's a company that is experiencing huge amounts of growth and change constantly. One of the managers posed a good ... Read More

Inspirational Quotes

Wednesday March 7, 2007
National Procrastination Week is March 5 through 11. I'm not a huge procrastinator, but I do tend to procrastinate about large tasks that I perceive will take a lot of ... Read More

The Plus and Minus of Employee Valuing Investments

Tuesday March 6, 2007
A client is experiencing the downside of a profit sharing system and not realizing the benefits of employee valuing tactics embraced long ago. Many of the events and activities ... Read More

New Policies

Sunday March 4, 2007
Take a look at the new policies I've been developing for the site. The policy directory is rapidly expanding for your use. You may use these free sample policies within ... Read More

Use Job Descriptions

Saturday March 3, 2007
Effectively developed, job descriptions are communication tools that are significant to your organization's success. Poorly written job descriptions, on the other hand, add to workplace confusion, hurt communication, and ... Read More

Q&A: Should My Husband Ask for a Pay Raise?

Thursday March 1, 2007
Today's Question starts a new series on this site. I receive questions weekly that are good questions. When I have the chance, I try to answer them or I ask ... Read More

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