The More You Know About Business

The More You Know About Business

by Richard Finger

Well into week three in my new role, now is a good time to share some tips for a successful onboarding experience into a new organization. All these tips require the new employee to take an active role in the onboarding experience in order to get the most out of it. There are four main areas to focus on:

Friday, March 31, 2017

Why Are You Leaving?

Given that I am myself going through a job change, I thought it timely to write about how people leave their jobs, and what it might say about the organization that they are leaving. According to research featured in the Journal of Applied Psychology, employees choose of these types of resignations:

Friday, March 17, 2017

Culture Club

Last week, I was facilitating a discussion in class regarding cultural differences in the workplace. Specifically, we had a lively discussion regarding differences in the approach to performance management practices across the globe. For example, in the U.S., we are always focused on formally documenting performance discussions, mostly to protect us from potential employment related lawsuits. In most Latin American countries, as well as in southern Europe, the attitude toward performance management is very informal, usually completed as on-the-spot conversations, and not at all focused on anything written. Perhaps this distinction is a direct result of civil law vs. common law approaches to employment, or a consequence of American at-will employment rules vs. contract employment? As the conversation progressed, we concluded that the primary cause of these differences goes deeper than the law, but rather to cultural principles.

Friday, December 23, 2016

The Holdays and Time Off

Many employees receive mixed signals about taking time off for the holidays. For example, in one recent company event, it had been relayed to me that the CEO told his employees to “Have a great Holiday … but make your numbers,” then turned to his head of HR, and asked, “Is that what you wanted me to say?” This CEO is a notorious non-stop work machine. Throughout the room, you could hear people murmuring, agitated by the words they just heard. The general takeaway from this audience was a question of whether or not taking time off from work for the holidays would be acceptable, or would it be perceived as taking their eyes off the ball. Knowing the CEO never stops working, people were unsure if this was expected of them, too.

Friday, December 09, 2016

Hygiene Issues at Work

In recent weeks, I have had been in discussion with an HR colleague telling me about a work situation that is likely just a small example of what we will encounter as political opinions become even more pronounced. In her situation, she is working through a concern regarding an employee of Sikh religious beliefs that suffers from a hygiene issue. The employee has been with the company for almost six years, and during this time, there have been just a few conversations to address the issue, nothing documented. Unfortunately, the hygiene issue is bad enough that coworkers and clients have raised their concerns. When discussing the issue with a senior manager in the organization, she was appalled by the reaction, specifically hearing these words, “Well, the issue will not go away. He isn’t going to change what he eats.”


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