Author Archives: HR Advisor

Managing a “thoroughbred employee”

Most bosses have experienced managing one – a high performing, eager, results-oriented employee who can run circles around other staff. Usually it is a blessing, but sometimes it is also a curse, as these individuals accomplish much but can be … Continue reading

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Balancing Work with Life

We all have our work-life balance stories and challenges, especially as parents. Wikipedia defines it as “proper prioritizing between “work” (career and ambition) and “lifestyle” (health, pleasure, leisure, family and spiritual development/meditation)”.  It’s an easy topic to discuss, but a … Continue reading

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Coaching vs. Counseling

If you think about the exceptional bosses you have had, they likely had something in common – they were good coaches. They were probably also good advisors, sharing their experiences and knowledge so that you could apply these to your … Continue reading

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How to retain key talent when they say, “I’m leaving.”

The “Be happy you have a job” era has ended. Yes, there are still many unemployed people out there, but ask any HR professional about finding quality talent and they’ll tell you it has become more challenging in the past … Continue reading

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The Warning Shot

What do you do as a boss when you have repeatedly addressed a performance or behavior issue with an employee and there is no change? Before firing an employee, s/he should have the benefit of a warning shot. In the … Continue reading

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What would you like to learn?

Do you know that you are able to virtually attend classes taught at top universities for FREE?   Coursera is an online platform for open-access, non-credit classes, available at no cost to participants. Such courses are commonly known as MOOCs, or massively … Continue reading

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De-stressing in a kayak

Did you know that anti-depressants are the second-most widely prescribed drug in America (Wall Street Journal)?  In 2010, 253 million prescriptions for antidepressants were written. It encompasses 11% of Americans, and according to experts many don’t have a legitimate clinical … Continue reading

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Performance Reviews in a Nutshell

For many managers, conducting performance reviews can create anxiety because of the potential for conflict with the employee. As mentioned in an earlier post on getting feedback, How am I doing?, the anxiety is probably partly due to our experiences … Continue reading

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Getting everyone to row in the same direction

The new CEO of a large company in Miami recently shared a morale and productivity challenge in his organization, stemming from the former CEO leaving in shame last year. He asked me how I would tackle something like that from … Continue reading

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How to effectively use temps and part-timers

The economic downturn has seen a rise in the use of temporary and part-time labor. These two resource capabilities allow a small company flexibility and cost savings. Temps are typically hired through an agency and are seen as short-term solutions. … Continue reading

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