Ever had employees who try to push problems to a co-worker? Ever had employees who make mistakes and try to blame them on a co-worker? Ever had an employee who isn’t much of a team player? Ever had an employee who finally does the right thing? Sure , you have. In the video below, an office chair becomes the teacher with answers to these questions.
The workplace is a tough place to be these days. More work. Less pay. Terrifying stress. Debilitating fear. And that’s not the half of it. Conventional wisdom says that HR needs to be a source of support in days like these. Let employees know that you care about them and their plight. But conventional wisdom is being thrown out the window by some employers. Instead of showing empathy for employees, some employers are toughening them up. So they send them for toughening up training. Here’s an example of what we mean (listen carefully, since the British accent can be a little hard to pick up at first):
It’s a rare workforce that hasn’t received some form of sexual harassment training. Most training is pretty fundamental — about do’s and don’ts. It’s sometimes boring. It sometimes reviews actual cases that have occurred. It can even be counter-productive. There are always innovators, however. Think about using this video as part of your sexual harassment training:
Roommate pranks, April Fool’s pranks, and office pranks are fairly common. Some pranks are harmless. Some have unintended consequences. Some can be vicious. Most are intended to be funny. But in the workplace, one needs to think through what the prank could cause, not just for the target but for the entire workplace. Take the following video. It’s funny, but in a workplace today, it could cause sheer terror. So, maybe another “funny” sound for the computer would be more appropriate.
The political season is in overdrive. There was a time when politicians denied they were running attack ads. No more. All ads are attack ads, or they’re put on the shelf. If an ad doesn’t attack, no one will understand it. It’s predicted that attack ads will one day invade the workplace. One day? Anyway, here are a few ads of candidates attacking each other. Watch and learn.
Last week, I raised the question of what it means to be creative, since employers tell employees all the time that they need to be creative or more creative. To help us imagine the meaning of creativity, you were treated to an OK Go video. This week, we return to OK Go for another lesson in creativity on the edge. Try to translate this into creativity in the workplace.
Employers want their employees to be creative. In most workplaces, how many time a day are employees told that? When’s the last time you went to a meeting without someone talking about creativity? We talk about creativity like it’s a cat or a dog — something that everyone can identify. But what is it? What does it mean to be creative? Although the video below doesn’t relate to the workplace, it does demonstrate what it means to be creative.
Bureaucracy is a dirty word at most workplaces. Is there a way to prevent it? Is there a way to dismantle it? Is there a way to cope with it? Is there a way to fight it? “Yes” to all of the above questions. Putting bureaucracy in its place is a piece of cake if you know what you’re doing. How can you know what to do? Watch and listen:
I must admit that I’ve been a little hard on executives from time to time. Their lifestyles. Their compensation. Their treatment of lower level employees. Their short-sightedness. Their . . . . Well, I’ll stop there. But they’re people, too. They’ve been especially slammed by the economic downturn. What can we do to help them?
We’ve all had to put up with co-workers who won’t work. Day after day, we see them day-dreaming or pining over a romantic interest or talking on the telephone about personal matters or just plain doing nothing. We have to take up the slack. It gets old until one day, everyone has had enough.
Employers and employees still struggle with the economic pressures of the Great Recession. Tough choices must still be made. Some employees say that the tough choices already made didn’t take them into account — didn’t value them as people, as workers, as anything . Will the tough choices still to come be any different? If the following video is any indication, the answer is “no.”
I’ve done a post on the mosque furor sweeping the country and employment law. Eclecticity has provided a post about the mosque furor and employment. Whether you’re looking at the matter from an employment law angle or a mere employment angle, one’s perspective has a lot to do with where you end up. Even though this is a serious subject, a little humor doesn’t hurt.
Many people are looking for jobs. Most interviews end in rejections. This day and time, it’s hard to hear “no.” Maybe accepting “no” without pushing back is a mistake. What else can you do? Courtesy of Execupundit, the following video gives you something to work with:
There’s a lot of blogging every day about social media — practical stuff, legal stuff, futuristic stuff, and just stuff. I’ve done a little blogging on the subject myself. Leave to Eclecticity to give us a picture of the kind of social media a lot of people long for. It’s too late, of course, but it brings back happy memories. Thanks, E.
How often do you call the help desk for more IT or other training? Whether we’re trainers or trainees, the training can be stressful. It’s common to blame technology — to wish for a more simple, relaxed time when simple and relaxed training was the norm. The truth is, however, that this kind of training has always been frustrating to the trainer and trainee, even in olden days, before technology ruled the world. Help desks have been around a long time. The following video may surprise you.
I can’t say for sure these memos purporting to be from Tiger Oil’s CEO to employees are real, but they’re worth reading anyway. They’ve been circulated on and off for a while, and I’m inclined to believe they’re real. These memos are from the late 1970′s. Even so, they are amazing and funny — not funny enough for your CEO to copy them. There are 22 or so memos. Most are short and not sweet. Enjoy!
The opinions and views about what the Jet Blue flight attendant did recently have been mixed. He’s a folk hero to fellow flight attendants. He’s even found support and admiration from non-flight attendants. Others have said that an employee just can’t act so unprofessionally. If all employees followed the Jet Blue flight attendant’s lead, there would be chaos in workplaces around the country. A Southwest flight attendant has found another way to let off steam when he’s tired, on his fifth or sixth flight of the day, and finds himself having to interact with passengers one more time.
Homes, not offices, usually have doormats. Click on Cultural Offering to find what could be the perfect doormat for a home. It got me to thinking about a similar doormat for the office or workplace. I’m still working on it, but here’s a possibility: “We love our phone system. We’ve found Google. We gave at home.” I’m sure many of you can do better, so share you idea as a comment to this post.
The title of this post is a common lead-in to an interview. Though seeming to require a simple response, it’s not always that simple. How much do you tell? Do you tell the good, the bad, the ugly? Should you be completely honest with the person interviewing? For example:
We’ve all seen hopeful day laborers milling around and waiting for a potential employer to come along and give them work. Given our long-standing recession, all day laborers don’t look like the stereotype we usually think of. There’s a whole new look for the day laborer as so masterfully demonstrated by this video: