As I have discussed in this blog I believe the ideas Douglas Mcgregor’s laid out in The Human Side Of Enterprise 50 years ago. People want to do a good job. Managers don’t need to use carrots and sticks to get employees to perform. They need to remove the de-motivators that organizations so often put in the way of workers. Here are some recent blog posts from around the web on how we can improve the management of people in our organizations and other posts related to HR in the latest Carnival of HR.
- What can I do about someone with a bad attitude? by Wally Bock – “Working on a ‘bad attitude’ directly is a trap. It gets you argument, denial, or withdrawal. So identify the behavior or performance behind the attitude and work on that.”
- I’d love a vacation, but I just can’t… by Karen Bernhardt-Sumple – “It’s time to encourage employees to take time off – for their benefit, as well as the company’s!”
- Don’t Underhand Your Pitch by Kim Urban
- Depersonalized Workplaces are L.A.M.E., not Lean, Harming Productivity and People by Mark Graban – “Many people think a vibrant or fun-looking workplace is the key to productivity. The authors suggest that it’s actually the level of control over the workplace that makes all the difference.”
- Can corporate cultures really be boiled down to one of four categories? Jennifer Miller asks readers to consider adding to the list of definitions.
- Career management tips for those that love their jobs by Dan McCarthy
- Realizing Frontline Improvement by Lee Fried – “senior leaders to need to create the support systems that allow frontline improvement to come alive. They need to provide training and coaching, provide common methods, allow the teams to have time to get started and most importantly they need to show up and participate.”
- I’m Doing a Bad Job. Can I Still Get a Raise? by Suzanne Lucas, Evil HR Lady
- Improve morale go to the gemba by Dan Markovitz – “go to the actual place where your people are working. Talk to them. Say thank you. And find out what’s important.”
- Feedback: The Whole Truth (Almost) by Mary Jo Asmus
- Bringing The Best Minds Together by Lisa Rosendahl
- Setting Expectations On Behaviors You Value: 5 Pointers by Tanmay Vora
- Dresses, Briefcases and The Paycheck Fairness Act by Cathy Missildine-Martin
- HRSouthwest Day 1 – Why Are We Here? By Mark Stelzner
- The Social Media Gods Said… by Bill Boorman – “The gods said ‘call it personal branding. It’s all about branding. Be authentic, honest and transparent, but don’t say anything that might damage your brand.'”
- The worst day by Shauna Moerke
- Friendship And Technology: Shout-out To Vinnie Mirchandani by Naomi Bloom
- How to write good job postings
- Candidates Deserve Respectful Communication by Susan Heathfield
- Create a System That Lets People Take Pride in Their Work by John Hunter – “Using the term implies that it one person empowers another person. This is not the correct view. Instead we each play a role within a system.”
Read the previous HR carnival on the rethink HR blog. John Sumser hosts the next carnival.
For those new to the Curious Cat Management blog, here are some links to some of my other online efforts: Links to John Hunter online (LinkedIn, Reddit, Kiva…) – follow John Hunter on Twitter Curious Cat Management Improvement Carnival – Curious Cat Personal Finance and Investing Carnival
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