March, 2008

Work-in-Progress Culture

Transparent Office

Much has been made in the last 5 years about the democratization of publishing and how the line between publishers and consumers of content is getting blurred. It's an attractive way to describe the trend. Hey, who doesn't like more democracy?) But I think it misdescribes what's really happening. The real paradigm shift in Web 2.0, I believe, is the blurring the line between publication and collaboration. In the old days, people collaborated in private.

Coaching Employees Is Your Job

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Every manager has to deal with performance, attitude, behavior or other employee problems. There are too many managers and supervisors that seem to want to ignore or minimize the problems, however. For the sake of other employees, managers should deal with problems as they arise. Ignoring the problem can lead to disgruntled co-workers and it sends a message to employees that they can underperform or act inappropriately.

Slow Hiring

Evil HR Lady

I am applying for an internship. I understand that the job is low priority to them, as it is indeed an internship, not full-time. But the hiring process is very slow. I believe I had a successful phone interview with a member of their HR, then was told that HR was awaiting a response from upper management regarding the position. The wait has now been a month long. I have been in contact with my interviewer and she welcomes me to call back and check on my status, but the status is unchanging.

T5 Knowledge Holes

Knowledge Musings

I'm currently involved with a couple of projects where a crying need is for reliable consistent information; where people can be assured that they are accessing the most up to date and authoritative version. Think of the poor people at Terminal 5 (T5) at London Heathrow airport who lack such information (my daughter is travelling out of there tonight, so I have a personal interest).

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Retention is up, that’s great! Wait, maybe not…

SuccessFactors

Though engagement levels are correlated with retention it is important that we don’t mix them up. We know that when the economy slows down people will have fewer opportunities to find great jobs elsewhere and out of necessity will decide to stay with their current employer. We see this in various pockets right now. This […]. Talent Management performance management

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Enterprise Adoption: Why wikis aren't like other IT

Transparent Office

If you look at adoption patterns at the enteprise level, wikis are an unusual technology. Most enterprise IT deployments are all about standardization and scale. A purchasing system reduces procurement costs by aggregating purchasing power across business units. A corporate finance system enables aggregation and standardization of accounting ledgers company-wide. An HR system enables standardization and cross-calibration of roles, titles, compensation bands, utilization rates, etc.,

Are Your Goals Really Goals?

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Appropriate goals are the driving force behind successful organizations. Successful organizations have taken the time to diligently develop realistic, attainable goals that provide legitimate focus for the organization. The goals are not just words on paper. Goals should be a part of a formalized, written strategic plan.

Creating a Participatory Knowledgebase: 3 Best Practices

Transparent Office

One of the most common, and thanks to Wikipedia most visible, uses of a wiki is creating a participatory knowledgebase--a shared knowledge resource that is created and maintained by a distributed community. I've built quite a few of these, first at McKinsey, and in my current role at Socialtext. Here are three top-of-mind high-level best practices based on pitfalls I've seen some companies start to fall into: Structure by topic, not by organization.

Overtime

Evil HR Lady

I am with a very large engineering company. They have classified me as non-exempt; however, they only pay straight time when I work overtime. They claim that because I have over 15-years experience, this is the reason. CAN THEY DO THAT and be within the labor law. Ummm, no. Non-exempt, by definition means that you are not exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act. Over 40 hours a week (or 8 hours a day if you live in certain states), requires overtime pay. They are totally lame.

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Manager Troubles

Evil HR Lady

What is the best way to deal with a team leader who is constantly putting others down verbally, cussing me and other employees, and milking the time clock for overtime? I have been to the HR dept. here and all they have done is get my team leader to sign a paper saying he will not use inappropriate language. Of course he never quit being a jerk. It's getting very frustrating for me. I am a maintenance clerk at a company that makes car parts.

Putting the I back in IT

Knowledge Musings

Ever since knowledge management took off, organisations have looked to IT to provide a 'silver bullet'. All along I've stressed the need to put back the I (Information) into IT. Now a recent report from TFPL and Cap Gemini (see the Information Opportuntity Report ) says the same thing in a slightly different way. They want to put the I back into CIO (Chief Information Officer) "or else companies will suffer".

Not Hired

Evil HR Lady

Right now I'm so busy I haven't even been regularly checking my e-mail (and for those of you in the know, you know I'm an e-mail addict, so that is something). I haven't been writing posts lately either. I swear my life will calm down in the near future (ha!), and I'll get back to regular posting. However, I got an e-mail about a site called Not Hired and I decided to click. This is unusual behavior for me, I must say. Usually, those e-mails get deleted.

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Carnival of HR #27

Evil HR Lady

Is now up over at Three Star Leadership. (0r 0r should that be leadership? Sorry I haven't had a lot of sleep and I'm a little punchy.) Happy Carnival Reading

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Time off for Exempt Employees

Evil HR Lady

As an exempt employee with an administrative definition, is sick leave deducted on 1/2 day basis, e.g., going home sick mid-day. It seems it would be standard policy to charge that time against sick leave. Is that standard? Also as an exempt, what allowances are in place for things such as doctor's appts or other personal appts, if you have used your personal leave days and come in late due to an appt, can that time legally be deducted from any remaining vacation benefit?

The Virtual Economy

Knowledge Musings

With all the turmoil in finanical markets, I recall an article written by Peter Drucker in the mid 1980s. Credited with coining the term 'knowledge worker' Drucker has been very perceptive on many management issues. He wrote back then that the financial economy was becoming too disconnected from the real economy in that the amount of trading of financial instruments (e.g. foreign currency) was 30x more than that of foreign trade itself.

The Wisdom of Dave

Evil HR Lady

In my post about slow hiring , everybody made tons of brilliant comments. Really. They did. And made me see that many companies suffer from these problems. However, my favorite comment was from Dave Ferguson. He wrote: I'm developing a Decision Duration Factor, in which the speed (and possibly wisdom) of a decision varies inversely with the number of levels involved in the decision. Dave, I would like to say that you are correct and I will support your theory about wisdom.

Paid Time Off

Evil HR Lady

I work for a company that provides two weeks of vacation and one week of paid sick leave (after 3 years and 11 months you go up to 3 weeks of vacation). I hate that I can't use my sick pay for vacation, I never get sick and I have accumulated my 40 hours of sick (so I can't accumulate anymore). I have two trips I want to take this year, but I am not going to have enough hours and I am too scared to use sick days when I am not sick.

Wage Growth: The Last Employer Holdout to Attract Candidates

You get a job perk! And You get a job perk! Everyone gets job perks! While these perks may have helped get that stellar candidate’s foot in the door, this dynamic of severely low unemployment combined with a historically high job open rate continues with no immediate end in sight. Employers will do well to zero in on one lever many have been avoiding pulling: the almighty salary increase.

Urgent Messages

Evil HR Lady

I normally do not rant about my day to day work life. In fact, I take great pains to leave details about what I do out of this blog. All the better to remain anonymous.) But, I can't take it any more. Our e-mail allows you to mark messages as "urgent," which colors the message. Our voice mail system also allows you to mark messages as urgent, which brings them to the front of the queue when someone picks up their messages.

Deductions and Unsolicited Advice

Evil HR Lady

I AM IN CHARGE OF PAYROLL AT AN OILFIELD COMPANY, WHEN I GET ALL MY INFO READY, THE CHECKS ARE REMOTED TO MY PRINTER. ON VACATION CHECKS MY CORP. OFFICE TAKES OUT THEIR CHILD SUPPORT, HEALTH INSURANCE,ANY REGULAR DEDUCTIONS, I KNOW TAXES COME OUT, BUT ALL DEDUCTIONS??!! I normally would just hit delete on an e-mail that came in in all caps, as I figure I don't need to be yelled at by people I don't know. But, this question offered me a chance to use a whole new disclaimer: I am not in payroll.

Wal-Mart and Guest Blogging

Evil HR Lady

I have a post up over at Connecticut Employment Law Blog and it's all about Wal-Mart and blogging. Go read it, and browse the rest of Daniel Schwartz's site. You'll like it

Crooked Bosses

Evil HR Lady

I found out that I was pregnant just a week ago. Very early in the pregnancy and anything can happen. I was going to wait to tell my boss about it( who is an attorney), but I could not hide it because I get very sick in the mornings. I told him two nights ago. He was super nice, he took glasses out to toast and etc. and told me I can go whenever I need to and just let him know when I am not feeling well etc.

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Whatever happened to.?

Knowledge Musings

I was asked last week by Jerry Ash, editor of InsideKnowledge , to contribute an article on IT as an enabler of KM. He drew my attention to an article of mine written in 1998, saying "it just needs a little updating". The article in question is ' Knowledge Management: The Role of Technology'.

Carnival of HR #28

Evil HR Lady

Is now up over at Gautam Ghosh's place. Sorry I didn't post it earlier. Hop over and read away

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I Disagree

Evil HR Lady

Today's Dear Abby column includes a question about disclosing a planned vacation during a job interview. Abby says to tell the hiring manager, who will respect you for your honesty. She may be right. But, I would give the opposite advice and tell the person to disclose the planned vacation after an offer has been made.

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If You Hate Work That Much.

Evil HR Lady

Maybe you should just get a new job : Sheriff's detectives in Franklin County, Washington, say a man had his friend shoot him in the shoulder so he wouldn't have to go to work. Okay, okay, it was mainly to avoid a drug test, but still. At least it was a unique idea! via Blue Crab Boulevard

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