myHR Partner’s Top 10 Human Resources Blog Posts for 2013
We would like to ring out the year by sharing our most memorable HR blog posts from 2013. We covered so many great topics and events—including our own rebranding—and can’t wait to see what 2014 holds for modern employers and managers like you. Please enjoy our “Best in Show”, as selected by the myHR Partner team.
Complaining can be toxic for a workplace. When it happens once in a while, it usually isn’t a big deal. But in high doses, it can poison your work teams and keep your company from the goals you want to achieve.
Why do some people complain so much? It could be that when they are caught up in the moment, busy or unprepared to deal with an issue, their first instinct is to voice negative feedback. They know what they don’t like, and they can see what needs to be changed. Often it is because that is how they are accustomed to receiving feedback, and it has always driven them to do better out of fear. Some people complain because the culture supports this type of behavior.
For many, playing on a professional sport team seems like a dream job. Talk about your great places to work! That may be why so many people are so startled by the recent allegations that nine-year National Football League veteran Richie Incognito aggressively harassed rookie Jonathan Martin to the apparent breaking point. It seems so unlikely that an elite athlete who was carefully recruited by his employer would be subjected to intense workplace bullying. Even Forbes found it worth weighing in on the surprising employment situation:
Oh, the joy that is HR Documentation.
Sarcasm: That’s how you do it.
All joking aside, before you write your next review, incident report or any other human resources written records, we recommend that you read “The 4 Most Serious Sins of Documentation” by Steve Bruce over at HR Daily Advisor. The article gives excellent advice about how not to write down official documentation in order to avoid possible problems later on down the line.
The tips offered in the post include this gem:
In recognition of Employee Appreciation Day, which falls on March 1st this year, we would like to share our first ever Cartoon Employee Hall of Fame. It’s a short list right now, but we’ve included our expert commentary to make it special. We’ve also included a suggestion for what to do to celebrate your workforce on their special day, should they resemble one of these inductees. Enjoy!
Sure, you know the obvious words to avoid using around the office, such as “#$@&
The word we are talking about is:
Our informative series called “Look at These Laws!” highlighted some major legal and compliance issues that faced businesses this year, and in years ahead. We covered the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL), and we explained how these rulings impacted employers around the country.
If you ever wondered what NOT to do while trying to build a strong work team, wonder no more. Read this instead. It’s a list of some of the most uncomfortable and bizarre team building exercises we’ve heard about, posted last year by The Fast Track. The particularly cringe-worthy ones included:
“We had to take a big gulp of soda, and spit the soda into a partner’s mouth! It was incredibly disgusting. I have no idea who thought that was a good idea, and who approved it. Some of the guys got into it, but most everyone declined.”
And then there was also this:
OK, fess up. How many times do you check your work email during vacation?
Once a week?
Every other day?
Anyone who does not check their work email, voicemail or texts at all during their vacations, please raise your hand. We are awarding you a virtual gold star for health-promoting, enjoyment-boosting common sense.
Unless you’ve been hiding under your desk for the past week (or taking our advice while on vacation), you probably have heard by now about how celebrity chef Paula Deen was fired by Food Network. This action was proceeded by Deen’s admission that she had told racial jokes and used racial slurs in the past during a deposition for a $1.2 million discrimination lawsuit. She and her brother, Bubba Hiers, are being sued by former employee who alleges that sexual harassment and a hostile work environment occurred at their restaurant in Savannah, Ga.
Other companies are dropping Deen as a sponsor in the wake of the news and revelations swirling around her as well. Reactions by the public and media have run the gamut. From an HR perspective, this case brings up the issue of how involuntary dismissals of non-celebrities are handled.
In what can only be described as one of the worst case scenarios for embarrassing yourself at the office, Business Insider reported last week about a receptionist in Scotland who inadvertently forwarded a very sexually explicit email exchange she had with her fiancé to her entire office. The couple worked together at the same oil company when she sent out a seemingly harmless notice to everyone telling them that the sandwich van had arrived for lunch. Unfortunately, the thread of private email messages between the two lovebirds had been included somehow by accident.
We won’t go into details here but suffice it to say the content of the lovers’ exchange was definitely not suitable for the workplace.
Thanks for joining us for this walk down memory lane. If you have any ideas for what you’d like to see us blog about in 2014, please let us know.