October, 2004

The Latest HR Buzzword - Presenteeism

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I love words but I hate buzzwords. Buzzwords put a new spin on an old issue but don''t generally add any significant value except to help consultants and vendors sell more services. Now that I am in the vendor seat, I should value buzzwords but I just can''t do it. The most recent buzzword that annoys me is "Presenteeism". Do we really need a 12 letter word for people who come to work sick?

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"Stop Hounding Me" and other Feedback Phrases

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I received a preview issue (snail mail hard copy) of "Team Management Briefings" from briefings.com. This is one of those newsletters that provides little blurbs of information excerpted or adapted from other publications. It had some interesting tidbits of info related to management, goal setting, motivation and teamwork. One item that caught my eye was related to feedback. It suggested

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Unusual Search Phrases

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From time to time I like to take a look at the web analytics of who is visiting Nobscot''s website and what brought them to the site. I use a fairly simple inexpensive program called Weblog Expert. With this program I can see the search phrases that people have entered into their search engine for which they ended up finding Nobscot Corporation. The top phrases are usually things like: exit

The Apprentice and Wimpy Management

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Apprentice fans - Do any of you wonder why the team project managers continually choose to bring in 2 teammates when Donald Trump gives them the option of bringing in 3? Wouldn''t bringing in three people improve the PM''s odds of not having to hear, "You''re Fired!" directed at them? So what is going on? Why has every single project manager done something that potentially sabotages him or her self

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Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

A Role Model CEO

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I''m happy to see Meg Whitman, CEO of Ebay, on top of Fortune Magazine''s list of Most Powerful Businesswomen. She would have been my choice for the last several years. In fact, I don''t know why she is not tops on all the business lists not just the ones limited to women. Ebay''s performance has been stellar since Whitman took the reigns growing it into a profitable powerhouse. Ebay''s revenues have

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Two New Technologies to Shy Away From

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Two new technologies are coming HR''s way that have me concerned. The first is cell phone technology that uses satellite GPS technology to track the location of the phone and consequently the phone holder. The second is a polygraph type program that measures the sound of the voice to determine a speaker''s emotional state. Apparently my HR brethren are taking to the idea of tracking their

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